Nobody gave the Steelers a chance to win in Baltimore. Especially with Charlie Batch at quarterback. But the soon to be, 38 year old, got the job done. Batch says, “This is big. This is another opportunity for me to come out here and to have this opportunity to start which is rare right now. I don’t know how long Ben will be out but to have this and to be able to go win on the road and do what nobody outside of our locker room thought we could do.”
Batch outperformed his counterpart, Joe Flacco. He had more yards and more completions, than the Ravens QB. Heath Miller, Steelers Tight End adds, “He did a great job. He has seen it all and done it all in the course of his career. I forget how many years he has played. Probably as twice as many as I have. We all had faith in him in this locker room and he did a great job.”
But the Ravens still have a commanding 2 game lead over the Steelers and Bengals in the AFC North. Ryan Clark, Steelers Safety, “We just want to get into the playoffs. If they win the AFC North, thats fine. If we meet them in the playoffs, we won’t be scared and preferably we will get that chance.”
As for the Ravens, they are using the loss as motivation. Matt Birk, Ravens Center comments, “We are going to use this to get better. Our goal is to get as good as we can get, duing the season and at the end of the season.” Anquan Boldin, Ravens Receiver echoes those comments, “This doesn’t define us. We’ll be alright, we are 9 and 3. We are still in the lead for this division. We are still going to win this division. we’re OK.”
The Steelers do have a scheduling advantage over the Ravens. Pittsburgh plays 3 of their final 4 games at Heinz Field, while the Ravens have just 2 at M & T Bank Stadium.