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Ravens' late-season surge keeps them on target for 6th straight playoff berth

  • Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones eats turkey on the field after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones eats turkey on the field after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) loses his helmet after a collision as he tries to score a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Bell left the field with an injury and the touchdown attempt was no good. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) loses his helmet after a collision as he tries to score a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Bell left the field with an injury and the touchdown attempt was no good. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

Neither Mike Tomlin nor the Pittsburgh Steelers could stand in the way of the Baltimore Ravens' late-season playoff push.

The defending Super Bowl champions are back at .500 and in position to reach the postseason for a sixth consecutive year following a 22-20 victory Thanksgiving night.

Baltimore (6-6) has won two straight for the time since September and, at least until Sunday, owns the lead for the final AFC wild-card spot.

Tomlin, the Steelers coach, was watching Baltimore's Jacoby Jones return a kick on the stadium screen when he realized the action was coming his way. Tomlin sidestepped the charging Jones, who swerved to his right to avoid a potential collision and was tackled at the Pittsburgh 27.

Tomlin said it was an accident. Jones wasn't so sure.