Now, before you all go nuts, you have to admit this: The Ravens deserved to lose one of those kind of games.
We just never expected Charlie Batch to be the one pulling the rabbit out of his hat in the final six minutes.
Playing with a patchwork offensive line and a quarterback closely resembling your high school gym teacher, the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off a stunner on Sunday, using a late 10-point surge to nip the Ravens, 23-20, and keep their playoff hopes very much alive.
After two months of winning games in the most unlikely of fashions, the Ravens got the tables turned on them.
And the harsh truth is this: The Ravens are 9-3 and, frankly, that record might still be a game or two on the generous side.
But the fact is, they’re 9-3 and in control in the AFC North, despite not nailing the coffin shut on the Steelers, who now put themselves in excellent position over the last four weeks with three home games and the likely return of Ben Roethlisberger in the next seven to fourteen days.
I have to write this again, in bold, just to convince myself it really happened: Charlie Batch beat the Ravens. In Baltimore.
I thought the Orioles making the playoffs was bizarre, but this is even more crazy.
No friggin’ way.
The Ravens will go back to work now, needing to figure out what’s going on with their offense (two TD’s…again) and how their defense could allow a 3rd stringer to drive the Steelers sixty yards in six minutes with the game on the line.
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