Steelers 31, Ravens 27: With Antonio Brown’s Outstretched Hand, the Steelers Seize the A.F.C. North


Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (84) reached over the goal line for the game-winning touchdown against Baltimore with nine seconds left as the Steelers rallied from a 10-point deficit.

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers rode Ben Roethlisberger’s right arm and Antonio Brown’s left to the A.F.C. North title.

Roethlisberger shook off two interceptions and threw two late touchdown passes, including a 4-yard strike to Brown with nine seconds remaining to lift the Steelers to a 31-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Brown caught the pass just short of the goal line and stretched the ball into the end zone with his left hand to cap a wild fourth quarter and give Pittsburgh (10-5) its second division title in three years.

The Ravens took the lead on Kyle Juszczyk’s 10-yard blast up the middle with 1 minute 18 seconds left. But Roethlisberger calmly led the Steelers 75 yards in 10 plays, the last 4 yards coming when Brown fought through a pair of tacklers to send the Steelers to a sixth consecutive win and a third straight playoff berth.

“Right before we went out,” Brown said, “we said, ‘Let’s get the game-winning touchdown and get out of here.’”

The Ravens (8-7) were eliminated from playoff contention when Joe Flacco’s pass was intercepted near midfield on the final play. The Kansas City Chiefs secured a playoff berth with the Baltimore loss, which ended the Ravens’ four-game winning streak against the Steelers.

Roethlisberger finished with 279 yards passing and three touchdowns to overcome two interceptions. Those turnovers, in the third quarter, allowed the Ravens to take a 20-10 lead on Justin Tucker’s fourth field goal with 14:21 to play.

Brown caught 10 passes for 96 yards to join the Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison as the only…

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