Steelers blown out in Baltimore, 35-7
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Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2011 2:28 pm | Updated: 12:05 am, Mon Sep 12, 2011.
By Mike Bires [email="email@example.com"]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email] | 0 comments
BALTIMORE -- For openers, the Steelers were dreadful.
They were beaten soundly today by their AFC North Division rivals. They were trounced by the Ravens, 35-7.
"That's pretty easy to access, ladies and gentlemen," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We got handled in all three phases. We accept responsibility for the plays that we made and didn't make."
In their first opening-day loss since the 2002 season, the Steelers commited seven turnovers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles after he was sacked by linebacker Terrell Suggs.
Running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore also lost fumbles.
"We got our tails whipped," wide receiver Hines Ward said.
The Ravens jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring quickley on their first possession and then taking advantage of a Roethlisberger sack and fumble.
Quarterback Joe Flacco threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anquan Boldin tio make it 7-0. After the Roethlisberger fumble -- courtesy of a hit by blitzing linebacker Terrell Suggs -- running back Ray Rice scored on a 1-yard run to make it 14-0.
The Steelers made it 14-7 in the second quarter on an 11-yard TD pass from Roethlisberger to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
But just before haltime, Flacco threw an 11-yard TD pass to Rice.
At halftime, the Ravens had a 265-to-113 edge in total yards.
Then in the third quarter, the Steelers lost any chance of a comeback by turning the ball over twice.
The Ravens set a a team record by creating seven turnovers.
"It was domination," Suggs said.
Yes, it was.