The triumph the Steelers secured on a chilly, rainy day in Baltimore proved pivotal in their pursuit of postseason contention.
Their fate now hangs in the balance, awaiting confirmation of their playoff qualification.
Najee Harris amassed 112 yards and secured a touchdown with 26 carries, while Mason Rudolph orchestrated a connection with Diontae Johnson for a touchdown in the inaugural play of the fourth quarter. The Steelers clinched a 17-10 victory at M&T Bank Stadium against the Ravens.
While this win marked a crucial milestone for the Steelers, elevating their season record to 10-7 and securing their seventh victory in the last eight matchups against the Ravens, it came at a price.
Star outside linebacker T.J. Watt suffered a knee injury late in the third quarter while pursuing Baltimore quarterback Tyler Huntley and did not return. Watt’s noteworthy performance included seven tackles, three for a loss, two sacks, and two quarterback hits.
The prospect of Watt’s availability for a potential playoff game remains uncertain at this juncture.
“T.J. is currently undergoing evaluation for a knee injury,” explained Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. “More information will be available when we reconvene. Naturally, we’re disheartened by this development, but challenges are inherent in football. We will confront it, whatever it may entail.”
The Steelers find themselves in a wide-open scenario, both in the immediate future and whenever Tomlin addresses the media next. Following this victory, they now know precisely what conditions must unfold for them to secure a spot in the AFC playoffs. At 10-7, a Steelers playoff berth hinges on a Titans triumph over the Jaguars at 1 p.m. on Sunday or a Dolphins victory against the Bills in the Sunday night game. Alternatively, the Steelers could clinch a playoff spot if Saturday night’s clash between the Texans and Colts in Indianapolis concludes in a tie.