Looking decisive and accurate, Mallett was 17-of-24 (70.8 percent) for 146 yards and one touchdown as the double-digit underdog Ravens went into halftime with a 13-3 lead. He has out-played Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 7 of 12 passes for 66 yards.
Officially announced as the starter just a half hour before kickoff, Mallett completed all four of his third-down passes on for 39 yards on the Ravens' opening drive, including an 8-yard touchdown to Chris Matthews. It was Baltimore's first lead since Will Hill returned a blocked field goal for the 33-27 win at Cleveland on Nov. 30.
Mallett was the Ravens' fourth starting quarterback in their last six games. It marked Mallett's first start since an Oct. 4 game when he was with the Houston Texans.