The Steelers won their last four games to take the AFC North, with their defense rounding into form late in the season. The Ravens won three of their last four, but their offense struggled down the stretch. Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell’s recent injury is one of the rare things in this game not trending toward the Steelers.
Matchup to watch
Steelers receivers vs. Ravens cornerbacks
Veteran Baltimore cornerback Lardarius Webb has played better of late, but he’s not back to his pre-injury level of play.
Steelers O-Line vs. Ravens defensive line
The return from suspension of Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata gives the Ravens defense a huge boost.
The Steelers were 5-1 against playoff teams in 2014, while Baltimore was 1-6 against teams with winning records. The Steelers averaged 34 points-per-game against playoff opponents. … Pittsburgh has won both playoff games against Baltimore since Flacco was drafted. Flacco has more road playoff wins than any quarterback in NFL history. … Flacco and Roethlisberger are 19-8 combined in the playoffs.
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