Ravens Edge Steelers in OT After Rudolph Concussion

Ravens' kicker Justin Tucker. Photo by John Middlebrook/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

In a crucial AFC North matchup at Heinz Field, the Ravens got the best of the Steelers and took the division lead. Justin Tucker kicked the game winning field goal in overtime in a back and forth, hard-hitting rivalry game.

For all the ups and downs in the game, the ugly hit on Mason Rudolph in the 3rd quarter is what stands out the most. On a third-and-11 and down 17-13, Rudolph scrambled to his left and got a pass off to James Washington while 2 Ravens defensemen gave chase from both sides. Earl Thomas then hit him full force on the chin, knocking Rudolph unconscious, and he had to be helped off the field and taken to a local hospital.

Although the pass was completed, and 15 yards was tacked on for the penalty, the Steelers would gladly take back that play as it now leaves them without Roethlisberger and backup QB Rudolph. Rookie undrafted free agent Delvin Hodges then took over and did a good job controlling the rest of the game, but the hit leaves Pittsburgh with a lot of questions at the QB position.

With Pittsburgh up 23-20, Justin Tucker kicked a game tying 48-yard field goal with 10 seconds left, sending the game into overtime. After Tomlin curiously opted to kickoff in OT, the Steelers took possession after a 3 and out by the Ravens. JuJu Smith-Schuster then fumbled the ball on a reception and the Ravens got great field position setting up the game winning field goal by the incredibly consistent Tucker.