Stupid is as stupid does
Everybody was piling on Jarret Johnson last night for his stupid momentum-changing personal foul in the third quarter, and why not? Do the Ravens have to do something totally self-defeating every time they've got a chance to show the rest of the country what they're made of on a national broadcast?
I guess so. This isn't the same team that melted down at the end of what would have been a huge victory over the undefeated Patriots last year, but Johnson's bonehead burst of emotion certainly made you think of that. Didn't it?
John Harbaugh got into Johnson's face afterward. Ray Lewis also sat him down and talked to him on the sideline. Trouble is, Johnson was more willing to listen to the taunts of Hines Ward, who ought to get a game ball for this win. He did what he does, and what the Ravens know he does. He pushed Johnson's buttons and everything about the evening changed at that moment.
No, Johnson didn't lose the game all by himself. There was a missed tackle by Chris McAllister on the Steelers' first touchdown. There was Joe Flacco's first really costly mistake -- that fumble that completed a 14-point, 15-second Pittsburgh comeback. But football is all about momentum and this game was close to being another fourth-quarter grindout by the Ravens' offense.
Then somebody did something really dumb and it came unraveled just long enough to make it a game again. Maybe we shouldn't be surprised, but if you're a Ravens fan, you have every right to be disappointed.