Amos Zereoue

Game 16: Ravens trip over finish line

A season loaded with growing pains concluded with another gut-wrencher.

One more time, the Ravens blinked with the game on the line. One more time, quarterback Jeff Blake had to explain a costly mistake. One more time, coach Brian Billick had to defend a strategic move.As their two-year playoff run came to an end, the Ravens found no closure in a 34-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday before 61,961 at Heinz Field. Their inability to finish games the past two weeks turned them from a playoff team to a losing one.

A week after allowing a game-winning touchdown in the final minute, the Ravens (7-9) were the ones driving the length of the field to the Steelers' 11-yard...