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Ravens 13, Steelers 10

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PITTSBURGH -- The Baltimore Ravens took control of the AFC North race Sunday night by doing one of the things they do best -- winning inside the division.

The Ravens used Jacoby Jones' punt-return touchdown, two field goals and a strong defensive effort to edge the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10 at Heinz Field.

Baltimore improved to 8-2 and took a two-game lead over Pittsburgh (6-4) in the AFC North by winning its 12th consecutive game against a division foe. The teams play again Dec. 2 at Baltimore.

Justin Tucker's second field goal of the game, from 39 yards out midway through the third quarter, gave the Ravens a 13-7 lead.

The Steelers countered with a 23-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham in the final minute of the third period to close within three points.

Neither team scored again in a game in which the Ravens managed just 203 total yards and the Steelers had 311 yards with backup quarterback Byron Leftwich running the offense.

Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed the game after suffering a sprained shoulder joint and dislocated rib Monday night in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco completed 20 of 32 passes for 164 yards. Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin caught eight passes for 79 yards, but running back Ray Rice was held to 40 yards on 20 carries.

Leftwich went 18-for-39 for 201 yards. He was intercepted once and sacked three times. Jonathan Dwyer was Pittsburgh's leading rusher with 55 yards on 12 carries.

The Ravens scored the final 10 points of the first half to take a 10-7 lead after Leftwich got the Steelers on the board in the game's opening minute with a 31-yard touchdown run.

Tucker kicked a 31-yard field goal to draw Baltimore within 7-3 with 8:22 remaining in the first quarter.

Jones put the Ravens ahead when he returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown with 3:14 to go in the opening period. It was the third career punt return TD for Jones, who has also run two kickoffs back for scores this season.

The Steelers didn't miss Roethlisberger in the opening minute, as Leftwich eluded pressure from linebacker Terrell Suggs and scrambled for a touchdown just 43 seconds into the game.

Leftwich threw deep to wide receiver Mike Wallace to start the game and drew a 42-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Cary Williams.
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