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Ravens up 7-0 over Steelers after 1st quarter
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 11/28/2013  at  8:13:24 PM
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Joe Flacco found Torrey Smith for a 7-yard touchdown pass Thursday night, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 7-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first Thanksgiving meeting between the AFC North rivals.

On the Ravens' opening drive, Flacco had plenty of time to find Smith on a deep post pattern for a 54-yard completion, falling just short of a touchdown when Smith was dragged down by Cortez Allen at the 1-yard line.

Flacco took a sack two plays later, but then connected again with Smith, who was wide open over the middle. Flacco completed 4 of 5 passes for 74 yards on the drive.

While the Ravens came out throwing, the Steelers gave the ball to rookie Le'Veon Bell for their first five offensive plays, including a three-and-out on their opening drive.

When Ben Roethlisberger started passing, his first five completions went to five different receivers. But a drive into Baltimore territory stalled, and Pittsburgh opted to punt on fourth-and-6 at Baltimore's 37.

The game promised to be another Steelers-Ravens nail-biter - nine of the previous 11 regular-season games between the teams were decided by three points, including a Pittsburgh win last month on a field goal as time expired. The rivals' antagonism showed itself early: There were three post-whistle scuffles in the opening quarter.

Despite their losing record, the Steelers (5-6) and Ravens (5-6) began the game in a six-way tie for the AFC's second wild-card berth. Both were also two games back of the Cincinnati Bengals, each with one game remaining against the division leaders.

The Steelers had won three straight after a 2-6 start, while the Ravens were trying to put together a winning streak for the first time since September.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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