5 game-changing plays that cost the Baltimore Ravens a win at the Pittsburgh Steelers

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4. Tyler Linderbaum snaps to Lamar Jackson to end the Baltimore Ravens half

The Baltimore Ravens actually did move the football on the ensuing drive after the Steelers field goal. They got the ball with 3:16 left, and with 0:19 left, they were at the Steelers 23-yard line. They faced 4th down with two yards to go.

Up 10-3, a field goal would have made it 13-3 and given them a two-score lead. With Justin Tucker, the kick was automatic. However, the Ravens offense stayed out. Kwon Alexander faked a blitz for the Steelers, and Ravens center Tyler Linderbaum snapped the ball, thinking he jumped offsides.

Jackson was surprised by the snap and immediately saw T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith coming in his direction. He tried to roll out but threw the ball away.

John Harbaugh, Jackson, and Linderbaum all admitted the plan was not to snap the ball but to let the play clock go down and call a time-out after trying to get the Steelers to jump offsides. Linderbaum thought Alexander jumped, and he did not. This mistake cost the Ravens three points.

When you think of this sequence, from five minutes until halftime down to halftime, this cost the team the game. A fumble, a field goal allowed due to the short field, and then passing a field goal could have had this game at 13-0 as a worst case; it even could have been 16-0 or 20-0 if the fumble ended in a score. Instead, the game was 10-3, and momentum swung quickly to the Steelers.