Who's got the edge in the AFC title game?

When the Steelers have the ballWith RB Willie Parker and QB Ben Roethlisberger healthy, the Steelers are more dangerous than the Ravens on offense. But Roethlisberger often holds the ball too long, and he can't do so against Baltimore's Ray Lewis and Bart Scott. Edge: Ravens

When the Ravens have the ball Some say the Ravens don't want to have the ball much, preferring their dominant defense to be on the field. Rookie QB Joe Flacco can make some big plays, but he'll face a nasty defense, led by All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu. Edge: Steelers

Special teams Santonio Holmes' punt return for a score gave the Steelers a big lift last week. Kicker Jeff Reed, just like Ravens counterpart Matt Stover, is playoff-tested. The Ravens might have an edge with punter Sam Koch over Mitch Berger. Edge: Ravens

Coaching Baltimore's John Harbaugh is a rookie head coach. Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin is in his second season at the helm. Yet both can be considered among the league's elite minds and motivators. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau gives the Steelers the edge. Edge: Steelers

Intangibles Pittsburgh twice came from behind to beat Baltimore this season, by a total of seven points. Neither team is afraid of anybody, but Pittsburgh is playing at home. Edge: Steelers

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