After Lardarius Webb nearly broke a big one on the opening kickoff, the Ravens started the first quarter of Saturday's game off with a solid opening drive. But it stalled at midfield and punter Sam Koch couldn't pin the Steelers inside the 5-yard line, booting the ball into the end zone.
The Steelers responded with a 10-play, 80-yard drive but they technically went 89 yards after wide receiver Hines Ward was flagged for unnecessary roughness for getting physical with Ravens safety Ed Reed like Olivia Newton-John. The Steelers took a 7-0 lead when running back Rashard Mendenhall plunged into the end zone from two yards out.
The Pittsburgh drive was aided by a pass interference call on Baltimore cornerback Josh Wilson. He got tangled up with Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace while chasing down a deep ball, and the penalty cost the Ravens 41 yards. It looked as if Wilson and Wallace were both hand-checking and jostling for position, but what do I know?
Let's see how the Ravens respond.