December 15, 2008 / 1:52 AM / 9 years ago

Steelers claim AFC North title with dramatic win

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<p>Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker (R) knocks down Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (on ground) and runs away from the grasp of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (L) en route to picking up a first down in the third quarter of their NFL game in Baltimore, Maryland December 14, 2008.Joe Giza</p>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched their second consecutive AFC North title with a dramatic 13-9 come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Santonio Holmes caught a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with 43 seconds left to give the visiting Steelers (11-3) their fifth successive victory.

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Matt Stover's three field goals had lifted second-place Baltimore (9-5) to a 9-3 third-quarter lead before Pittsburgh rallied with 10 consecutive points.

Jeff Reed, who kicked two field goals, pulled the Steelers within 9-6 on a 30-yarder with 9:26 to play. Roethlisberger then directed Pittsburgh to the win with a 92-yard drive in the final three minutes.

The victory enabled Pittsburgh to join the New York Giants, Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals as division champions.

The Giants won the NFC East championship last week, the Titans claimed the AFC South crown and the Cardinals took the NFC West.

Writing by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Ed Osmond

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