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NFL Playoffs: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Wildcard Round (Open Thread)

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These two teams squared off in Week 2 and Week 9 with drastically different matchups. The first encounter, which took place in Baltimore, saw the Ravens come out on top 26-6. The second encounter, at Pittsburgh, saw the Steelers come out on top 43-23. Who will come out on top in the rubbermatch?

QB Ben Roethlisberger assaulted the Steelers' secondary for six touchdown passes in that second game, and RB Le'Veon Bell had one of his least productive games of the year. With Bell out this week, one could say the Steelers are one dimensional, but it didn't really matter last time, right?

The Ravens haven't been playing their sharpest football, but QB Joe Flacco has been very good in the postseason and still has some dangerous weapons on offense. DL Haloti Ngata returns from suspension for the Ravens' defense. If Baltimore can find a way to play coverage well, they can pull off the upset. I just don't think they'll stop Roethlisberger enough as WR Antonio Brown has a big day. Steelers 23, Ravens 20


Game: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Date/Time: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8:15 p.m. ET
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Television: NBC - Al Michaels & Cris Collinsworth
NFL Odds: Steelers by 3