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Friday Flashback: Roethlisberger and Harrison Lead Steelers to Beat Ravens Beatdown at MNF in 2007

The first 30 minutes of action on a miserable night in Heinzfield in front of 63,457 fans on November 5, 2007 would not have improved the situation any further.

Black and Gold receive a stunning performance from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker James Harrison in the AFC North battle between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, celebrating the Steelers’ 75th Anniversary in Half Time. I was proud of the members of the team. When they saw a new era of Steelers.

That night, Pittsburgh forced three turnovers in the first quarter and added a fourth in the second quarter, so the Steelers all went well. Roethlisberger was the second quarterback in NFL history, throwing five touchdown passes in the first half of the game. Before Harrison Steelers won 38-7 in the first season of head coach Mike Tomlin, he led a bitter division rival 35-0 and performed a breakout performance in front of spectators across the country. ..

Soon, the Steelers defense showed what night it would be for a Baltimore attack led by quarterback Steve McNair.

Playing six times on the first drive of the Ravens night, Harrison raced in the unblocked off-left end, chasing McNair. In a division match.

Harrison missed McNair, who was initially in his pocket, with a clean shot, then quickly recovered to chase McNair, get a soccer helmet, and knock off the pig skin.

In three plays after Harrison’s forced fumble, Roethlisberger went to Vintage Big Ben early in his career, scrambled to the left, avoiding bags from Baltimore’s Trevor Price, and was perfectly placed. Unlocked football caulking and led the tight-end Heath Miller between the two defenders to the score, giving the Steelers a 7-0 lead in just over seven and a half minutes of the Monday night match. I did.

Seeing Roethlisberger remake that type of play certainly brings back wonderful memories. There was no good quarterback to shrug defensive lineman and linebackers in their pockets. He then readjusted his eyes downfield, played a run with his right arm and put points on the board. He was such a special player with his strength.

After some possession, Harrison attacked again for the Steelers.

Following a three-out possession by the Steelers attack, Pittsburgh’s Panther Daniel Sepulveda came to the field and punted 45 yards to the dangerous Ed Reed in Baltimore on the other side of the field. Reed made a career that returned interception and score fumbles with some incredible open-field moves, but that didn’t happen on Harrison’s watch that night.

Harrison chased the Ravens star across the field, tackled the textbook to Reed, put his helmet back on football, and jumped football into the air before it fell into the hands of Lauren Stimons, resulting in a fumbled recovery. The great field position of the Steelers offense is back.

A man, Harrison’s play. A big hit, great finish.

Roethlisberger’s wide receiver just below the field goal crossbar between the two Ravens defenders, thanks to five plays after Harrison’s big success on the special team and two defensive penalties for the Ravens. He struck Santonio Holmes with a 1 to 14-0 lead. : 48 remaining in the first quarter.

When he was young, Roethlisberger’s arm strength was great. He fired absolute darts here very accurately.

The Steelers took the lead with two goals and got excited.

After three plays in Baltimore’s subsequent possession, Star Safety Troy Polamalu knocked out football from Ravens’ running back Willis McGahee’s hand, bringing rookie safety Anthony Smith’s fumble recovery to the Steelers. Again gave a great field position to the attack.

Roethlisberger and Steelers cashed in again quickly. This time Roethlisberger scrambled to the right, lofting the pass to Nate Washington, which opened wide with a score of 30 yards, extending Pittsburgh’s lead to 21-039 seconds in the second quarter. Did you notice who Roethlisberger is avoiding in his pocket? Yeah, it’s Terrell Suggs.

The Steelers, who got a big lead, didn’t finish the first half.

Pittsburgh was forced into two Baltimore three-outs before the Steelers attack hit again. This time, on the night from Roethlisberger to Holmes, he shot his second shot with a deep shot on the right sideline.

Faced 3rd and 9th from Baltimore’s 35-yard line, Roethlisberger dialed Holmes a deep shot, dropping the throw completely into the Diving Holmes breadbasket, extending the lead to 28-0 and Roethlisberger. Gives Burger four touchdown passes. 11 of 8 passed to that point. Talk about efficiency.

In the next Baltimore offensive drive, it was Harrison again, this time in the press.

Pretending to be a pass rush, Harrison falls in the middle of the field, reads McNair’s eyes, jumps across the route for interception, burying Baltimore receiver Derrick Mason in the sideline and doing it before finishing the return. I returned 20 yards.

In the final part of the first half, the Steelers attack was used in the process of helping Roethlisberger set the NFL record and the team’s record held by Terry Bradshaw and Mark Malone at the time.

After quickly throwing 17 and 15 yards of gain to Willy Parker and Holmes, Roethlisberger rolls out to the right with a 7-yard touchdown play action fake in Washington’s front corner of the end zone. I found. In the first half of the 0th match, Roethlisberger was given five touchdowns, and Hall of Fame receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth sought approval.

Of course, Roethlisberger broke five touchdown pass records in the game, six in a row against Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens in the week of 2014.

In the second half of the first half, McGuy struck the Steelers in the sun, cutting off a 33-yard touchdown run to 35-7 in half.

Things remained pretty quiet in the second half as Roethlisberger found 45 yards of Holmes before giving way to Charlie Batch. The Steelers drive ended with a 22-yard field goal from Jeff Reed, 38-7.

Later in the game, Allen Rossham successfully removed the 49-yard punt return, after which Batch knelt twice to block the blowout victory and move the Steelers to Season 6-2.

In the win, Roethlisberger finished 13-16 with 209 yards and five touchdowns, while Holmes scored four passes with 110 yards and two touchdowns. Washington added 3 catches with 51 yards and 2 scores, and Miller finished with 2 catches with 17 yards and a score.

Defensively, the Steelers held McNair and backup quarterback Kyle Boller to just 84 yards at night, winning the Ravens quarterback six times. Harrison finished with a game high of 10 tackles, 3.5 sack, 1 pass deflation, interception and 6 quarterback hits, and the Steelers haven’t seen it defensively since. James Farrier and Travis Kirschke added one bag each, and Clark Hagans added half a bag with Harrison.

The Steelers sat 6-2 in the season after the puncture victory and won three of the following four. He then dropped two of the last three at once and was knocked out of the playoffs in the Jacksonville Jaguars Wild Card Round. Mike Tomlin’s first season, finishing 10-6 this year.

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