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NFL Week 18 Saturday: Ravens vs. Steelers score, highlights, news, inactives and live updates – Yahoo Sports

The Steelers are entrusting Mason Rudolph with their NFL playoff hopes. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Steelers are entrusting Mason Rudolph with their NFL playoff hopes. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Mason Rudolph has been handed the keys with the Steelers’ NFL playoff hopes at stake.

The fourth-year veteran will start a third straight game for Pittsburgh in a critical matchup against the rival Baltimore Ravens. Kenny Pickett is healthy enough to play but will be the backup.

The Steelers have multiple paths to the postseason, each of them requiring help. Their best bet is to pick up a win over the Ravens, which would clinch a playoff spot alongside a Bills or Jaguars loss on Sunday.

The Ravens have locked up the AFC’s No. 1 seed and having nothing to play for in terms of playoff positioning. But that hasn’t stopped them before in the exact same scenario with a chance to spoil their rivals’ playoff hopes. The Ravens beat the Steelers in the 2019 season finale having already locked up the No. 1 seed.

Follow along with Yahoo Sports for highlights and updates from Saturday’s game.

Live56 updates

  • Ravens will get the ball back after a Steelers three-and-out. Big, big drive coming up in a game that does not matter for them.

  • Hoo boy, Jaylen Warren gets stuffed up the middle then fumbles, but Steelers recover. Ravens signaled they had it.

  • Broadcast notes Steelers have won 17 games in a row after holding a lead in the fourth quarter. They’re currently in a solid position to keep that going with less than 10 minutes left.

  • This game is getting pretty physical and the refs are holding onto their flags. Ravens seemed to get away with a hold on Alex Highsmith, then the Steelers get pretty physical on a third-down pass.

    Steelers ball at their own 43 after a good return by Calvin Austin. Still 14-7 Pittsburgh.

  • Melvon Gordon back in game. Ravens have only 2 starters still in on OL: John Simpson and Ben Cleveland. And obviously Cleveland is starting for injured Kevin Zeitler.

    — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) January 6, 2024

  • Ravens injury updates:

    S Geno Stone (knee) is questionable to return
    LB Del’Shawn Phillps (shoulder) is questionable

    — Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) January 6, 2024

  • Ravens free safety Marcus Williams looked way out of position there. Johnson was ahead of CB Rock Ya-Sin and Williams jumped in front of him, but misjudged the pass and left nothing but grass ahead of Johnson.


    Mason Rudolph hits Diontae Johnson on a crossing route and there’s no Ravens defender to stop him from taking it to the house for a 71-yard touchdown. One of these offenses needed a break and the Steelers just got theirs on the first play of the fourth quarter.

  • Ravens safety Geno Stone is out of the medical tent and he’s staying on the sideline

    — Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) January 6, 2024

  • We’re headed to the fourth quarter still tied 7-7. Steelers are currently facing 3rd-and-4 in their own territory.

  • The Ravens’ primary goal for this game is basically “don’t get injured,” but you can’t sit every good player.

  • Ravens S Geno Stone was down on the field for a few minutes, but he limps off under his own power.

    — Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) January 6, 2024

  • Ravens have two players down after that play: Geno Stone and Del’Shawn Phillips.

  • George Pickens get his first touch of the game … on a jet sweep. He gets the first down on 3rd-and-1.

  • T.J. Watt is now limping toward the locker room.

  • Ravens drive stalls out from there. You should never expect a game to end in a tie, but it’s becoming pretty clear one of these offenses is going to need a huge break. Neither team can string together a drive past midfield right now.

  • Watt gets helped off the field and into the blue tent.

  • Looks like Steelers DT Montravius Adams landed on Watt’s leg while Tyler Huntley was rolling out to pass. Steelers players are now taking a knee.