- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2008

PITTSBURGH (AP) | Jeff Reed hit a 46-yard field goal in overtime as the Steelers outlasted the Ravens on Monday night.

After eluding pressure, Ben Roethlisberger found Mewelde Moore for a 24-yard pass to get the Steelers to the Baltimore 31. Two plays later, another Roethlisberger-to-Moore play got Pittsburgh to the 28. From there, Reed did the job and knocked the Ravens from the ranks of the undefeated.

Le’Ron McClain’s 2-yard touchdown run with 4:02 left in regulation allowed the Ravens to send the game to overtime.

McClain, in the game because of a chest injury to starting running back Willis McGahee, capped a nine-play, 76-yard drive that was a response to 17 consecutive Pittsburgh points in the second half after the Ravens had built a 13-3 lead.

Santonio Holmes had a 38-yard touchdown reception and LaMarr Woodley scored on a fumble recovery on the next play from scrimmage as Pittsburgh erased a 10-point deficit in a span of 15 seconds to take a 17-13 lead in the third quarter. Jeff Reed kicked his second field goal of the game, a 19-yarder, to extend the Steelers’ lead to 20-13 5:41 into the fourth quarter.

Joe Flacco threw his first career touchdown pass and Matt Stover kicked two field goals for the Ravens, who led 13-3 until Holmes caught Roethlisberger’s pass on third-and-4 with 4:09 left in the third quarter.

After the ensuing kickoff, Flacco was sacked on the first play by James Harrison, who forced the fumble that was picked up by Woodley, who rolled before getting to his feet and running 7 yards for his first career touchdown.

The Steelers had gone eight quarters since their previous touchdown before the outburst.

With 17 seconds to play in the first half, Flacco threw a 4-yard scoring toss to Daniel Wilcox for his first catch of the season. Stover added field goals of 33 and 20 yards for the Ravens, who at 2-0 entered the game one of only four undefeated teams left in the NFL and they were looking to defeat each of their three division rivals to start the season.

The Steelers scored on Reed’s 49-yard field goal the first time they had the ball but then went seven possessions without even getting a first down.

Flacco, a first-round draft pick who attended the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Delaware, was 16-for-31 for 192 yards without an interception. McGahee led all players with 42 yards rushing despite missing part of the game due to the chest injury.

Steelers starting right guard Kendall Simmons left the game late in the second quarter with a right ankle injury.

Pittsburgh linebacker Andre Frazier was carted off on a stretcher after the opening kickoff when he sustained a blind-side hit from Haruki Nakarmura while on kick coverage. He did not return to the game, and no other word was immediately available on the severity of his spine injury.

Pittsburgh first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall had nine carries for 30 yards in making his first NFL start but left after the first play of the third quarter because of a left shoulder injury. Starting running back Willie Parker was out with a knee injury.

Roethlisberger finished 14-for-24 with 191 yards.

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