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Steelers beat Ravens, 26-9, for first time in 5 years in Baltimore

Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

Published in Football

BALTIMORE -- The Steelers stood in unison for the national anthem and then won for the first time in five years in this city where "The Star Spangled Banner" was written.

They defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 26-9, on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, ending a four-game losing streak and what they hope is the controversy that followed them after they did not come out for the Anthem one week earlier.

The victory lifted the Steelers to a 3-1 record atop the AFC North Division, one game ahead of the 2-2 Ravens, who dropped their second straight game.

Le'Veon Bell scored two 1-yard touchdown runs, JuJu Smith-Schuster caught an 11-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger and Chris Boswell kicked two field goals to lead the Steelers.

Bell had his biggest workload of the season and his first 100-yard rushing game. He carried 35 times for 144 yards. He also caught four passes for 42 yards.

The Steelers' defense sacked Joe Flacco four times with Cam Heyward getting the quarterback twice, forcing a fumble on one of them that set up the Steelers for a short touchdown drive. Ryan Shazier intercepted Flacco once and leaped high late in the fourth quarter to tip another pass that cornerback Mike Hilton intercepted.

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Bell's second touchdown came with 2:26 left in the game after Hilton's interception gave his offense the ball at the Baltimore 49.

The Ravens have now been outscored 70-16 in their past two games.

Roethlisberger completed 18 of 30 passes for 216 yards, one interception and one touchdown. He was intercepted once.

Baltimore scored all nine of its points in the third quarter to climb back into their game after trailing 19-0 at halftime.

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