WR Steve Smith Announces He Will Return in 2016

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Ravens wide out Steve Smith has announced that he’s not going to retire, but will be back for a 16th NFL season. Smith’s season was cut short, so instead of walking away he’ll return to finish his three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Ravens.

The wide out will turn 37 in May.

Steelers vs Ravens NFL Week 16 Inactives

Steelers inactives: Mike Vick, Jacoby Jones, WR Sammie Coates, RB Jordan Todman, OLB Anthony Chickillo, OT Byron Stingily and DE L.T. Walton

Ravens inactives: QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Marlon Brown, RB Terrence Magee, CB Jumal Rolle, CB Jermaine Whitehead, LB Albert McClellan and DE Kapron Lewis-Moore

Steelers vs Ravens NFL Week 16 Capsule

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens, 2015 AFC Wild Card Playoffs

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-5) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-10)

SERIES

STEELERS RAVENS
SERIES LEADER 21-18  
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 10-10 John Harbaugh: 9-9
LAST WEEK W 34-27 vs. Broncos L 34-14 vs. Chiefs
LAST REG SEA GAME 10/1/15: Ravens 23 at Steelers 20 (OT). Baltimore QB Joe Flacco throws for 189 yards & TD. Ravens K Justin Tucker kicks game-winning 52-yard FG in overtime.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/11/14: Ravens 26, Steelers 6. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco throws for 166 yards & 2 TDs with 109.3 passer rating. Ravens TE Owen Daniels has 5 catches for 28 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Craig Wrolstad
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 121 (Pit), 134 (Bal). XM: 230 (Bal).

STATS

PASSING Roethlisberger: 271-399-3369-18-12-96.4 Schaub: 52-80-540-3-4-76.0 OR

Clausen: 72-125-739-2-4-66.7

RUSHING D. Williams: 178-799-4.5-9 (T3L) Allen (R): 105-399-3.8-0
RECEIVING Brown: 116 (1C)-1586 (1L)-13.7-9 Aiken: 62-802-12.9-5
OFFENSE 402.9 (1C) 358.7
TAKE/GIVE +4 -15
DEFENSE 368.6 342.7
SACKS Heyward: 7 Dumervil: 6
INTs Mitchell: 3 J. Smith: 2
PUNTING Berry: 42.0 Koch: 47.7 (2C)
KICKING Boswell: 100 (22/23 PAT; 26/28 FG) Tucker: 110 (3C) (26/26 PAT; 28/35 FG)

NOTES

STEELERS: Aim for 11th consecutive win in December…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER leads NFL with 6 350+ yard passing games in 2015. Needs 1 more to tie ANDREW LUCK (7 in 2014) for 3rd-most in single season. Passed for 340 yards & 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 136.3 rating in last meeting…In past 6, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS is averaging 120.5 scrimmage yards per game with 6 rush TDs. Only AFC player with 750+ rush yards (799), 300+ receiving yards (301) & 9+ rush TDs (9) in 2015…In past 6, WR ANTONIO BROWN has 64 catches for 868 yards & 7 total TDs (6 rec., 1 PR), incl. 16 catches for 189 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads AFC with 116 catches & is 1 of 2 players in NFL history with 3 consecutive 110-catch seasons (WES WELKER). WR MARTAVIS BRYANT has 15 TDs in 19 career games. In past 4, WR MARKUS WHEATON has 22 catches for 378 yards & 3 TDs…Since 2007, LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS is only NFL player with 30+ sacks (31.5) & 10+ INTs (10)…RAVENS: Have scored GW points on final play in each of 4 wins in 2015…QB MATT SCHAUB is 1-1 as starter with Ravens & has passed for 540 yards with 3 TDs. QB JIMMY CLAUSEN passed for career-high 281 yards last week & aims for 3rd in row with 270+ yards…Rookie JAVORIUS ALLEN is averaging 89 scrimmage yards per game in past 5 & has 2 TD receptions during span. RB KYLE JUSZCZYK has career-high 3 TD catches, incl. 1 last week vs. Chiefs…Last week, WR KAMAR AIKEN led team with career-highs in catches (8) & receiving yards (128), incl. career-long 48-yard TD. Aims for 8th in row with 5+ receptions. WR JEREMY BUTLER aims for 3rd in row with 60+ receiving yards…LB DARYL SMITH leads team with 110 tackles, incl. 7 last week vs. KC. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 8 sacks in 9 career meetings. Aims for 4th in row vs. Steelers with sack.

Ravens Fall to 4-8 Following Tough 15-13 Loss to Dolphins in Miami

In a season that has been frustrating on so many levels, it got even worse Sunday in Miami, as the Ravens dropped to 4-8 with a 15-13 loss to the Dolphins.

Matt Schaub threw a pair of picks 20 seconds apart to help Miami score two touchdowns to seal their fate. Schaub was 32-for-46 for 308 yards with a score and two bad picks.

The setback stunk as the Ravens outgained the Dolphins 375 to 219 yards, and had the time of possession 38:09 to 21:51.

It didn’t matter, as no matter how many times the Ravens were able to get into Dolphins territory, they were not able to take advantage of it.

Miami mounted a goal-line stand in the second quarter, and repeatedly turned away the Ravens down the stretch. Olivier Vernon totaled 2 1/2 sacks, one on third down with the Ravens nearing field goal range and five minutes left.

Baltimore recovered a fumble to get the ball back, but failed to pick up a first down, and Justin Tucker was wide right on a 55-yard field goal try with 2:42 to go. Tucker is the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history.

One of the bright spots was Javorius Allen, who ran for 107 yards and had 63 yards though the air in the loss.

Ravens Work Out Former Texans QB Ryan Mallett

Former Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett worked out for the Ravens on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Ravens lost starting quarterback Joe Flacco to a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago, with former Texans starter Matt Schaub starting Monday’s game at Cleveland, which the Ravens won on a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown as time expired.

Mallett was released on Oct. 28 by the Texans, days after he missed a team charger flight for a road trip against the Miami Dolphins.

Mallett had a history of tardiness for team activities with the Texans.

Mallett previously missed practice during training camp days after Brian Hoyer was named the starter, attributing his oversleeping to his phone alarm not going off and vowing to Smith that he would buy an alarm clock and it wouldn’t happen again. But yet it did just months later as Mallett blamed traffic in Houston on him not making it to the Texans’ flight for this last road game.

Ravens Beat Rams 16-13; Lose Both Flacco and Forsett for Season with Injuries

The Ravens may have won the battle Sunday, but clearly lost the war when it came to two of their biggest players being gone for the final six games of 2015.

Baltimore rallied to top the Rams 16-13 on the final play when Justin Tucker was true from 47 yards, but lost quarterback Joe Flacco with a torn ACL.

The quarterback played the entire game, limping on the final plays. He tore the ACL on the final drive when his leg was rolled into by a Rams defender.

“It was a courageous effort by Joe at the end,” coach John Harbaugh said.

While losing Flacco is huge, it wasn’t the only injury the team suffered, as running back Justin Forsett left with a broken right arm in the first quarter after a tackle by Aaron Donald.

Forsett will also miss the final six games of the now 3-7 season for the Ravens.

The game was basically gift-wrapped for the Ravens after they rallied from down 10 in the final quarter.

They got the win after Rams quarterback Case Keenum fumbled when hit by Courtney Upshaw, and Ravens teammate Lawrence Guy recovered at the St. Louis 41 with 54 seconds to go.

The team moved into position for Tucker, who nailed the field goal on the last play for the bittersweet win. Oddly enough Tucker missed two field goals earlier in the game.

The Ravens really won in spite of themselves, as they turned the ball over twice, and were penalized 10 times for 137 yards.

The Ravens trailed 13-3 before coming back behind Flacco, who went 27 for 44 for 299 yards and a score in what will be his final game of 2015.

Matt Schaub, who was with the Raiders last season, will be the new starter next week when the Ravens travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns on Monday night football.

Ravens Place First-Round Pick Running Back Breshad Perriman on IR

With Breshad Perriman’s knee not responding the way team officials had expected, the Ravens finally placed the first-round NFL draft pick on injured reserve Tuesday, ending the rookie’s season before it even got started, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Perriman, the 26th overall selection in the 2015 draft, hurt his right knee on the first full-squad practice of training camp and what was initially believed to be a day-to-day injury wound up costing him the entire season.

“Breshad has worked hard to come back from his injury, but, after discussing his current condition with our medical staff and Breshad, we have decided that putting him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season is our best course of action,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement released by the team.

On Twitter, Perriman wrote: “It’s a huge disappointment not being able to play my first year in the NFL, but I will come back harder than ever.”

NFL Admits Error – Ravens Should Have Topped Jaguars Despite Facemask Penalty

Sunday’s game was one of the most stunning finishes in the history of Ravens football, but at the end of the day, the Ravens should have taken home the win.

Monday the NFL admitted it.

The Jags, as everyone knows, was given an extra play at the end of the game after the clock hit :00 due to a facemask penalty on Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

That extra play ended up being a 53-yard field goal by Jason Myers, which was good and gave the Jaguars the shocking win to send the reeling Ravens to 2-7 when they should be 3-6.

The mistake the NFL admitted to today would have made the facemask null and void. The league stated that the Jaguars should’ve been called for a false start on the play in which the penalty on Dumervil took place.

If the false start penalty would have been called correctly, the game would have been over.

Instead, since a game can’t end on a defensive penalty and the 15-yard facemask was called, the Jags got to move the ball to the 35 and kick the winning field goal.

“Inside of one minute remaining of either half, with the game clock running, when the offense is not set simultaneously prior to the snap, it’s a false start,” the NFL said in a statement. “This results in a 10-second runoff, which can only be avoided if a team has a timeout remaining.”

The play in which the penalty took place came with the Jags not having any timeouts, so the game would have been over if the right call was made.

“The correct call in this case would have been to penalize the offense for a false start because all 11 players were not set, and whistle to stop the play. The ensuing 10-second runoff should have ended the game,” the statement said.

While it shouldn’t have come down to that play and the Ravens should have just won the game, it stinks to think that a mistake by the NFL cost Baltimore a ‘W’ in the win column.