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Instant analysis from the Ravens’ 19-14 loss to the Steelers on Wednesday afternoon

Here’s what The Baltimore Sun staff had to say immediately after the Ravens’ 19-14 road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday afternoon, which eliminated the Ravens from AFC North title contention:

Daniel Oyefusi, reporter: After the strangest week in NFL history, Ravens-Steelers delivered a game that was peak 2020: a near-comeback victory for an undermanned Ravens team ignited by their third-string quarterback straight off the reserve/COVID-19 list. It’s not often that you take away positives from a loss that knocks you out of contention for the division title and marks your third straight defeat. But coach John Harbaugh and his staff have to be proud of the way the team played down 15 active-roster players. The final five games set up well for the Ravens, who should have the majority of their roster back for Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Jonas Shaffer, reporter: This is a game that should be remembered for as long as the series is played. But Ravens fans will remember it fondly only if it marks a turning point in their season. Without their reigning Most Valuable Player, without Pro Bowl players in all three phases of the game, without much momentum, they put a scare into one of the NFL’s best teams. But if the Ravens can’t build on it this December, it will all be for naught.

Childs Walker, reporter: The Ravens played valiantly under extraordinary circumstances. With nine starters on the reserve/COVID-19 list and no passing game to speak of, they made an undefeated team nervous all the way into the fourth quarter. They did it with outstanding red zone defense and opportunistic special-teams play. But offensive miscues, including a pick-six from quarterback Robert Griffin III and a botched goal-line opportunity just before halftime, did them in. With Griffin unable to find time against the league’s best defensive front, they simply did not have enough firepower to play from behind. The Ravens have little choice but to move on from one of the most bizarre and unsettling 10-day stretches in team history. With most of their players due back for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, they’ll still have their chances to make a playoff push.

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