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Reed’s FG gives Steelers OT win

September 30, 2008

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— Jeff Reed kicked a 46-yard field goal in overtime, and the Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a 10-point deficit, numerous injuries and a late Baltimore comeback to outlast the Ravens, 23-20, on Monday night.

Reed's third field goal ended a back-and-forth game in which the Steelers (3-1) were down by 10 late in the third quarter, rallied but couldn't hold a seven-point lead, then found a way to win despite being without their top three running backs.

Pittsburgh came back to win despite losing two players to season-ending injuries, running back and first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall (fractured shoulder) and right guard Kendall Simmons (right Achilles). Both will be placed on injured reserve, coach Mike Tomlin said.

The Ravens (2-1), losing for the seventh time in their last eight games in Pittsburgh and falling out of the AFC North lead, won the important overtime coin toss but were backed up by two penalties and a sack, and Sam Koch had to punt out of the end zone.

Then, on third-and-eight, Ben Roethlisberger found fourth-string running back Mewelde Moore - playing only because of the injuries - on a key 24-yard swing pass for a first down at the Ravens' 31. On third-and-14, Moore made a seven-yard catch to the 28 to give Reed the extra yardage he needed to make it.

"That was important - a 46-yarder there isn't a given, and a 53-yarder isn't easy," Reed said. "I get too much credit. My foot won it, but that's what I'm supposed to do in that situation."

Moore said, "Coach Tomlin told me when I came here I'd be his minute man, that I had to be ready on a minute's notice. Everything he said held true."

The Steelers turned the 10-point deficit into a 17-13 lead in a 15-second span in the third quarter, only to have rookie QB Joe Flacco of the Ravens hit Derrick Mason for 35 yards ahead of Le'Ron McClain's two-yard TD run that tied it at 20 with 4:02 remaining.

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