BALTIMORE, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Kordell Stewart passed for a career-high 333 yards and two touchdowns against the vaunted defense of the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night as the Pittsburgh Steelers posted an impressive 26-21 victory to capture their sixth AFC Central title in 10 years under coach Bill Cowher.
Along with clinching the division, Pittsburgh (11-2) is one game ahead of Oakland (10-3) for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
The loss bumped the Ravens (8-5) behind the New England Patriots (9-5) for the first AFC wild card berth. Baltimore and the New York Jets (8-5) occupy the second and third wild card spots with Seattle (7-6) one game behind.
The Ravens had to be stunned with the ease in which Stewart moved the ball against them. Pittsburgh totaled a season-high 478 yards and controlled the ball for more than 41 minutes.
The 90-yard pass to Shaw, equaling the longest in franchise history, gave the Steelers a 19-7 lead midway through a wild fourth quarter.
Baltimore cut its deficit to five points on a 14-yard scoring throw from Elvis Grbac to Qadry Ismail with 6:36 to play.
Pittsburgh then drove 72 yards in nine plays against a weary Baltimore defense and Dan Kreider scored on a four-yard run on only his fourth carry of the season.
Grbac hit Brandon Stokley with a touchdown pass of five yards with 74 seconds to play, but Pittsburgh recovered the ensuing onside kick.
Pittsburgh had the ball for an astonishing 41 minutes. The Steelers had an 11-minute possesion in the third quarter that resulted in no points.