2000 Steelers 9 at Ravens 6
October 29, 2000
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2000 Steelers 9 at Ravens 6

The Steelers upset the eventual Super Bowl champs to win their 5th straight. Dilfer starts hot, hitting 8 of his first 10 for 104 yds, but his fumble at the Steeler 9 on Baltimore's opening drive proves costly. Despite pushing the Steelers around during the first half (Baltimore outgains Pittsburgh 171-84), the Ravens lead only 6-0 at the break.

The Steelers adjust. To start the 3rd, the Steelers give the Ravens a steady dose of Jerome Bettis, including a powerful 14-yd blast up the middle that sets up a Kordell Stewart 45-yd bomb to Hines Ward, who makes a great leaping grab and muscles his way into the end zone for the game's only TD. Kris Brown misses the PAT, but the Ravens fumble the ensuing kickoff and Brown atones with a FG for a 9-6 lead.

From there, Pittsburgh's defense takes over. Jamal Lewis gains just 24 yds in the 2nd half, and Dilfer implodes, hitting just 3 of 14 and heaving a crucial end zone INT to DeWayne Washington. Shannon Sharpe, who had 3 catches on a single drive in the 1st half, is completely shut out by Kirkland and Holmes in the 2nd half. The Steelers grind down the clock from there, and Baltimore's last gasp ends on 4 straight misfires by Dilfer.

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