Nov 28 (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens survived a ferocious comeback from the Pittsburgh Steelers to win 22-20 on Thursday and get the defense of their Super Bowl title back on track.
The Ravens registered their second win in a row to improve to 6-6 and get back in the hunt to make the playoffs but only after withstanding a late fightback from their AFC North rivals.
The Steelers trailed 10-0 at halftime and 19-7 early in the final quarter, but fought back to give themselves a chance to tie the game when wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery scored a touchdown with a minute to go.
But the Steelers missed their two-point conversion attempt and fell to 5-7 in the final game of a Thanksgiving Day triple-header.
The Ravens gave up three touchdowns and scored just one, a seven-yard reception from wide receiver Torrey Smith in the first quarter, but rode home on the unerring boot of Justin Tucker, who kicked five field goals.
"I like to come through for my team when I need to, I'm happy to do it," Tucker told NBC.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco completed 24 of 35 passes for 251 yards while Pittsburgh signal caller Ben Roethlisberger connected with 28 of 44 for 257 yards and two touchdowns, an eight-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders in the third quarter then a one-yard pass to Cotchery for the final score.
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell also rushed for a fourth-quarter touchdown and the rookie almost scored a second only to leave the field with a suspected concussion when his helmet was knocked off as he crashed over the line.
"It is what it is, we still got the W (win) and that's all that matters," said Baltimore wide receiver Jacoby Jones.
"We're moving up, we're still in the hunt for the playoffs."
(Reporting by Julian Linden in New York; Editing by Peter Rutherford)