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Pittsburgh then closed to 10-6 with a 16-play, 79-yard drive that consumed more than 9 minutes and was extended by two pivotal penalties against Baltimore. But the Steelers had to settle for a field goal with 12:46 left after a 28-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Wallace set up a first-and-goal from the 2.

Baltimore had two sacks and interception in the first half, and Flacco threw a touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead at the break.

The game started miserably for the Ravens. After Marcus Smith was called for holding on the opening kickoff, Flacco threw two incomplete passes and was sacked in a possession that lasted less than a minute.

Baltimore also lost Heap, who has scored five touchdowns this season.

On Pittsburgh’s first march, Roethlisberger got his nose bloodied on a third-down sack by Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata.

Baltimore went up 7-0 late in the first quarter. Flacco went 6 for 6 during a 92-yard drive, completing a 61-yarder to Anquan Boldin on a third-and-15 before connecting with Boldin for a 14-yard touchdown.

On the scoring play, Flacco rolled to his right and had plenty of time to survey the field before finding Boldin the center of the end zone.

In the second quarter, Flacco connected with Donte’ Stallworth for a 67-yard completion — Stallworth’s longest catch since 2007. The play took Baltimore to the Pittsburgh 27, but a third-down sack took the Ravens out of field goal range.

Baltimore had 11 yards rushing on 11 attempts in the first half.