Quick analysis of the Ravens’ 16-13 overtime loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers – The Mercury News

Here’s what Baltimore Sun sports staff had to say shortly after the Ravens’ 16-13 overtime loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s regular season finale at M&T Banks Stadium:

Jonas Schaefer, reporter: Kallis Campbell distilled some words after their sixth straight loss to the Ravens in the second half of the season: “They made plays, and we didn’t.” Still, the Ravens came close to finding a lifeline and a possible route in the postseason. Still, a steady offense and a shoddy defense pushed him back into the loss column. Safety Chuck Clark later told reporters to see how the Ravens bounce back from this six-game losing streak, but this season would end like a bad hangover.

Childs Walker, reporter: Optimism creeps in at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens looked set to go up 17-6, and they needed their help with the Jacksonville Jaguars in an improbable defeat of the Indianapolis Colts. The Steelers didn’t shred the ball all day, and they couldn’t stop the run.

Instead of eliminating a toothless opponent, the Ravens reminded us why they were scraping to keep slim playoff hopes alive. Quarterback Tyler Huntley threw a temporary pass that was picked up in the end zone. Then, the Ravens let the Steelers go for 60 yards on 10 plays – their second substantial drive of the day – to make a move. The Ravens tied the game on a 46-yard field goal by Justin Tucker and went on overtime, as surely nothing could have been easier about this season.

You can spin the Steelers’ game-winning drive as a triumphant final moment for Ben Roethlisberger. But if the Ravens were a team worthy of the playoffs, they would have won. Instead, his injury-free defense failed to finish, and his backup quarterback seemed out of his depth in an error-prone performance. They lost their last six matches of the season. Even if five of them came from a combined eight digits, there’s no way to get into it.

Mike Preston, columnist: The Ravens should have brought in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed along with Terrell Suggs for the pregame introduction. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the Ravens killer. enough said.

Ryan McFadden, reporter: In one of the ugliest games of the season, the Ravens couldn’t take advantage of the Jaguars’ surprise win over the Colts. Latvius Murray ran back to take advantage of the Steelers’ run defense, but quarterback Tyler Huntley struggled to make questionable decisions throughout the game.

Similar to previous weeks, the Ravens’ defense shortened the stretch, allowing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to lead Pittsburgh to a game-winning field goal in overtime.

Huntley’s interception in the end zone during the start of the fourth quarter is a look back, as he had rookie receiver Rashod Bateman open, but instead threw the ball to Mark Andrews, who blanketed triple coverage.

CJ Doon, Editor: A terrible end to a grueling season. Ben Roethlisberger fired one last dagger into the hearts of Ravens fans by passing a 10-yard pass to Ray-Ray McCloud in fourth and eighth in overtime, which helped set up Chris Boswell’s game-winning field goal. The Ravens are officially out of playoff contention, while Pittsburgh need tonight’s Chargers-Raiders game not to end in a tie to return post season.

Was there any other way than heartbreak for the end of this Ravens season? A surprise Jaguars upset with the Colts provided some hope for an impossible playoff berth, but it was not meant to be. The Ravens’ defense was lengthy for most of the game and the attack was swift at the end, but it was not enough to make up for a weak performance from backup quarterback Tyler Huntley, who ended with three turnovers. Considering all the injuries the Ravens had to deal with, this season was doomed from the start.

Tim Schwartz, Editor: Of course Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had another dagger for the Ravens. A tough, injury-ridden season came to a brutal, yet fitting end for Baltimore as Roethlisberger ensured his career would not end with a defeat at M&T Bank Stadium.

This loss to the Ravens really felt like a microcosm of all their problems this season. Without an injured Lamar Jackson at quarterback, Tyler Huntley looked largely unmatched against the Steelers, rolling the ball three times and failing to commit the offense in a winning game. After Raven, Raven walked off the field in overtime. Nevertheless, despite several failures on either side of the hodgepodge roster and the ball, Baltimore took three minutes.

A six-game losing streak after an 8-3 start is a tough pill to swallow for this proud Ravens bunch, but with a roster taking the field on Sunday, 8-9 feels like an accomplishment.