NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers miss Ben Roethlisberger as Baltimore Ravens tighten grip
Last Updated: 19/11/12 7:02am
Jacoby Jones: Scored with a 63-yard punt return
The Baltimore Ravens tightened their grip on the AFC North with a dogged 13-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Both sides failed to shine in attack, with the Steelers clearly missing the influence of injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
However Jacoby Jones scored with a 63-yard punt return, while Justin Tucker slotted over two field goals to move the Ravens to 8-2 for the season.
The Steelers fall to 6-4 for the campaign, with Byron Leftwich, who was starting for Roethlisberger, struggling to make an impression.
Leftwich did scramble for a 31-yard touchdown in the opening quarter - but it was all downhill after that, with the quarterback struggling with a shoulder ailment and then a rib injury.
Leftwich, whose last start came in 2009, completed 18-of-39 passes for 201 yards and an interception. However he was also sacked three times as the Ravens defence ramped up the pressure.
In truth, Baltimore's Joe Flacco didn't fare much better. He completed 20-of-32 passes for 164 yards.
"The game isn't the same (without Ben), it's bittersweet," said Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs.
"I'm glad we won but I wish we would've won with him playing. Hopefully, he'll be out there when we play in Baltimore (on December 2) and we'll duke it out another 15 rounds."