Steelers claim AFC North title with dramatic win

Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:49pm EST
 
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched their second consecutive AFC North title with a dramatic 13-9 come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Santonio Holmes caught a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with 43 seconds left to give the visiting Steelers (11-3) their fifth successive victory.

Matt Stover's three field goals had lifted second-place Baltimore (9-5) to a 9-3 third-quarter lead before Pittsburgh rallied with 10 consecutive points.

Jeff Reed, who kicked two field goals, pulled the Steelers within 9-6 on a 30-yarder with 9:26 to play. Roethlisberger then directed Pittsburgh to the win with a 92-yard drive in the final three minutes.

The victory enabled Pittsburgh to join the New York Giants, Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals as division champions.

The Giants won the NFC East championship last week, the Titans claimed the AFC South crown and the Cardinals took the NFC West.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Ed Osmond)

 
 
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