Close thrashings are turning into very recognizable for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have dropped three of their four games this season by a joined nine points.
The one they suffered Sunday was more hard to process than the rest.
What could have been recognized as a storybook rebound triumph driven by third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges deteriorated into a 26-23 additional time misfortune to the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.
In the wake of beating 10-0 and 17-7 deficiencies to take a 23-20 lead with under three minutes remaining, the Steelers watched Justin Tucker kick a tying field objective with 10 seconds left in guideline and the champ with 5 minutes, 26 seconds left in OT. That field objective was set up by a JuJu Smith-Schuster bumble that gave the Ravens the ball at the Steelers 34.
The last two of Tucker’s four field objectives voyaged 48 and 46 yards, individually. At the point when his last one sneaked inside the left upstanding, it dropped the Steelers to 1-4 and kept the Ravens in the lead position in the AFC North at 3-2.
“It’s difficult, as it ought to be,” mentor Mike Tomlin said. “Extreme, hard-battled game. We’ll do what we typically do. We’ll survey it and get ready for our next circumstance. We won’t flicker. We won’t rationalize our present state. We won’t look for compassion.”
The Steelers make their second outing toward the West Coast in about a month when they play at the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night. They are 1-6 on the far coast during Tomlin’s residency, and they may be entrusted with playing without quarterback Mason Rudolph, who was thumped from the game in the second from last quarter with a blackout.
Hodges supplanted Rudolph and coordinated a touchdown drive that gave the Steelers a 20-17 lead with 3:42 left in the third and a field-objective drive that furnished a 23-20 preferred position with 2:37 left in guideline.
It was a dreamlike scene considering Hodges was an undrafted free operator from Division I FCS Samford who was marked out of a new kid on the block tryout camp. Hodges was cut after the preseason however rejoined the Steelers after they exchanged Joshua Dobbs to Jacksonville on Sept. 9.
Hodges finished 7 of 9 goes for 68 yards against the Ravens.
“We cherish him,” handle Alejandro Villanueva said. “He’s one serious football player. His school resume is entirely great. Many individuals don’t think about him, yet we’re eager to have him in the group.”
Rudolph finished 13 of 20 goes for 131 yards and a touchdown before leaving. He was harmed when he made a go under the jaw from wellbeing Earl Thomas’ head protector. Thomas was punished 15 yards for roughing the passer.
Rudolph was inclined for a few minutes, at that point sat up and was helped from the field by colleagues when the mechanized restorative truck slowed down.
“When he was on the ground, it appeared as though it was much more genuine than only a straightforward hit,” Villanueva said. “Everyone has the CPR, and he was breathing, which was great. (In any case, he wasn’t enjoying himself.”
Hodges changed over a third-and-8 with a 13-yard go to Diontae Johnson, and a 14-yard go to Vance McDonald set up James Conner’s 1-yard touchdown that furnished the Steelers with their first lead.
Chris Boswell’s third field objective, a 33-yarder, set up Hodges to be the saint.
The vibe great minute, nonetheless, was ruined when the Ravens, profiting by a roughing-the-passer call against linebacker Ola Adeniyi, moved the ball to the Steelers 30, where Tucker booted the tying field objective.
For the extra time coin hurl, skipper Cameron Heyward was conveyed with directions to kick away and have the Steelers protection the south — or open — end zone. Discontent with an opening shot return unit that found the middle value of 14 yards on three endeavors, Tomlin didn’t need his offense being conceivably harmed again by poor field position to open extra time.
“Mike T tested us, and we grasped that challenge,” Heyward said. “We need to keep on continuing onward.”
A barrier that had five sacks and three capture attempts yet was on the field for 39 minutes constrained a three-and-out, and the Steelers got the show on the road back at their 32.
“We got off the field,” Heyward stated, “however we got a terrible break, and we need to make the stop.”
Heyward was alluding to Smith-Schuster’s bumble on the subsequent play. Hodges tossed a 10-yard finishing to Smith-Schuster at the Steelers 45, yet cornerback Marlon Humphrey punched the ball out and recuperated at the 34. The play was explored by replay authorities yet was maintained.
“Simply secure the ball and crush it hard,” Smith-Schuster said.
It was suggestive of Smith-Schuster’s bobble in the last moment of the Steelers’ 31-28 misfortune at New Orleans last season, a destruction that thumped them out of the lead position and eventually cost them a playoff compartment.
“I feel awful,” Smith-Schuster said. “Truly the most exceedingly awful feeling ever.”
Every one of that was left was for Jackson to position Tucker, the most precise kicker in the NFL history, for the triumphant field objective. It left the Steelers on the losing end of another nearby game that has characterized this contention. Of the previous 27 gatherings, 20 have been chosen by one score, with 14 boiling down to three points or less.
“We’re not far,” security Minkah Fitzpatrick said. “One-and-four doesn’t reflect where this group is at. I believe we’re a great group, an extremely strong group. We’re simply going to continue showing signs of improvement week to week.”