Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hopes they have turned a corner after their thrilling win over Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Place-kicker Justin Tucker clinched a dramatic 23-20 overtime victory for the Ravens against their fierce rival to finally get his side off the mark for the season.
It was the 25-year-old who first ensured the match would go into overtime, hauling the Ravens back to 20-20 with two field goals from around the 40-yard mark in the fourth quarter, but he split the posts again from 52 yards in the extra quarter to secure the win on Thursday night.
Steelers quarterback Michael Vick, who was starting in place of injured Ben Roethlisberger, threw incomplete to give the ball back to the Ravens, who avoided the first 0-4 start in franchise history.
Tucker’s opposite number Josh Scobee missed a couple of kicks that would have nudged the Steelers clear in the fourth quarter, while the Steelers also failed to convert a pair of fourth downs in Baltimore territory before Tucker kicked for victory.
Flacco said: “It was a typical ugly game you play in Pittsburgh. When you fight through one like this it does a lot for your team, especially a young team like we have. It feels a lot better than 0-4. That’s what was staring us in the face.”
Vick, who was 19-for-26 passing for 124 yards and a touchdown in his first start for the Steelers, said “That was one of the toughest losses of my career.”
The four-time Pro Bowl selection replaced Roethlisberger, who sat out after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee Sunday in a win over the St. Louis Rams. Roethlisberger is expected to miss at least four weeks.
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