Scouting the AFC North: Ravens Pulling Away as Steelers Collapse

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Nov 25, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith (83) is defended by San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) on a 31-yard reception in overtime at Qualcomm Stadium. The Ravens defeated the Chargers 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE



The Baltimore Ravens were able to pad their AFC North-lead as they overcame a 10-point 4th-quarter deficit and scored a 16-13 overtime win versus the Chargers. All- Pro RB Ray Rice rushed for 97 yards on 22 carries and caught a team-high eight passes for 67 yards, but everyone will remember his play on the Ravens’ final possession in regulation on a 4th-and-29 when QB Joe Flacco dumped it off to Rice 30 yards away from the first down marker, and Rice broke several tackles and was able to pick up the 30 yards needed for the first down. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the play was the longest fourth-down conversion since 2001, when the Buffalo Bills converted a fourth-and-34 against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Ravens ended the game with only minutes remaining in OT after Justin Tucker booted in the game-winning field goal, and Baltimore now has a three-game lead in the division of the 2nd-place Steelers, who they’ll play in Week 13.

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