J. Michael on what went wrong for the Ravens offense and defense
For the Ravens, now comes the hard part.
They can't fix the mistakes they made in Sunday's game that cost them dearly and led to a 23-20 loss to the Steelers, a game most thought the Ravens would win and then all but lock up first place in the AFC North.
Now they've got to bounce back.
The final four games aren't easy for the Ravens as they head to Washington this week before home games against the Broncos and Giants along with a road finale in Cincinnati. Still holding a two-game lead with just four games left, the Ravens are in a good position, but they've got to come back and play hard.
"I know what this team is all about," Anquan Boldin said after Sunday's game. "A loss doesn’t change who we are. We’ll still go out, we’ll win the AFC North like I said, we’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs.”
Now the Ravens have to put the frustrating Pittsburgh loss out of their minds, something that could be tough to do since this is one that slipped away. The Steelers were using third-string quarterback Charlie Batch and scored 10 points in the final half of the final quarter to snatch the win away.
Center Matt Birk said something similar to Boldin in that the Ravens just have to stay focused on the eventual goal, and the only thing that will get that for the Ravens is for them to rebound.
That's something the Ravens have done well under coach John Harbaugh, and it's something they'll need to do again this week in Washington.
"As badly as we feel that we didn’t win the game for all the obvious reasons, we’re going to keep our eye on the big picture, and that’s just to keep getting better," Birk said after Sunday's game. "We’re going to go back to work and get better. That’s the NFL, no time to sit around and feel sorry for yourself, because we have a game against another formidable opponent.”