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Ravens’ Week 18 Game Balls vs. Steelers

BALTIMORE — The Ravens lost to the Steelers, 17-10, in a sloppy final game of the regular season on Saturday.

Here are the Game Balls

Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney

Clowney had a sack on Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the third quarter. Clowney finished the season with a career-high 9.5 sacks, and as a result, triggered a $750,000 bonus from the Ravens. Clowney should continue to be a force in the postseason. “No team better than this one, that I’ve been on, and we prepared that way this week,” Clowney said. “We knew what we had coming in here this week, Pittsburgh, and we sacked some guys, but guys showed up and played and just came up a little short. It’s hard to win with turnovers in this league. But we are looking forward to what is next. We will have a good week of practice coming up. We’ll watch football this weekend and see who our opponent is, and we’ll be ready.”

Tight end Isaiah Likely

The second-year player from Coastal Carolina broke a tackle and then threw a stiff arm before diving into the end zone in the second quarter for the Ravens’ only touchdown. Likely had only nine catches when starting tight end Mark Andrews got hurt against the Bengals in Week 11. In the six games since, Likely has caught five touchdown passes. That’s tied with Sam LaPorta for the most touchdown receptions by a tight end since Week 12. Overall, the Ravens’ tight ends have caught 12 touchdown passes this season, the most in the NFL.

Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) runs through Baltimore Ravens linebacker Kyle Van Noy (50) tackle to score a first-quarter touchdown at M&T Bank Stadium. By Tommy Gilligan-USA Today Sports

Linekacker Kyle Van Noy

The veteran recorded a career-high ninth sack of the season. Van Noy has been a revelation for the Ravens since being signed as a free agent before Week 4. He consistently gets pressure on the quarterback and is poised for a solid postseason.

Punter Jordan Stout

The second-year player from Penn State had one of his best games. He averaged 53.9 yards on seven puts and created a solid field position for the Ravens. He had a 66-yard punt early in the game.

Trenton Simpson

The rookie third-round pick from Clemson has been behind Patrick Queen on the depth chart. However, Simpson got extensive playing time against the Steelers and had his best game. He finsished with five tackles, including two for a loss, and his first career sack. It was a dominant performance.

 

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