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An Overtime Thriller In Charm City

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Ryan Heller
Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff and holder Sam Koch watch Cundiff's game-winning field goal in overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff and holder Sam Koch watch Cundiff's game-winning field goal in overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coming in to this game the Baltimore Ravens are in a must win situation after they lost a nail biter versus the Indianapolis Colts, which was part one of the must wins. The Ravens showed that they still can put pressure on the quarterback, as the Ravens made Peyton Manning throw two interceptions. But that does not matter, as the Ravens lost that game. The Ravens put that aside as they take on their most hated rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers.

You already know this is going to be a hard hitting game, as each and every time the Ravens and Steelers meet it is a smash mouth football game. This game is the prime example of a rival. If you are a football fan than you know what I am talking about.

Now let’s take a look at the most recent installment of the Ravens and Steelers intense rivalry. Coming into this game the Ravens were looking for a win to help get them back into playoff contention. The Ravens started the game on a fast pace, they let the Steelers have the ball first so that they could she how the first time starter Dennis Dixon would act in this type of environment , the Steelers went three and out. The Ravens got the ball on offense and took it down the field in calm manner; as they ran the ball hard and threw the ball with pure force as they went on to score a touchdown on Willis McGahee’s hard run up through the middle of the Steelers defense. For the rest of the first quarter it was just defense as each team had to punt the ball.

The second quarter started with a disappointing touchdown by the Steelers. The Ravens would answer back with a touchdown of their own, as Joe Flacco and company had a flawless drive ending with a floating pass hauled in by Derrick Mason. The third quarter did not have that much action, as the Steelers inched closer with a field goal. Now the excitement starts as the fourth quarter is about to begin.

The fourth quarter starts with another Steelers touchdown; this one was fatal as it gave the Steelers the lead. The Ravens would tie the game, as the Ravens got deep in their own territory and then on fourth down the Ravens Coach John Harbaugh made a gutsy call and went for it on fourth and five. The Ravens would convert it, as Rice would run for forty-four yards deep into Steelers territory.  The game got crazy as in the closing seconds of the game the Ravens kicker Billy Cundniff tried to win the game on a fifty-six yard field goal, but came short as Cundniff’s range was only fifty-three yards. The game was tied after regulation forcing overtime.

The OT started with the Steelers receiving the ball, but the Ravens would hold them and force them to punt. The Ravens would get the ball, but would have to punt the ball as well. The game would get very tense, as the Steelers received the punt deep in their own territory. After two plays the Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger would intercept the ball and take it deep into Steelers territory. After a couple of solid runs from Rice, the Ravens would set up the kicking team to try and win the game. As he was kicking the ball the whole city of Baltimore was on the edge of their seats with their hearts beating faster than ever. When the field goal was called good, the Ravens could finally take a breath, as the Ravens took down the arch enemy Pittsburgh Steelers in dramatic fashion.

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