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James Ihedigbo says beating Steelers once 'doesn't mean jack'

Barreling into the backfield as linebackers Jameel McClain and Terrell Suggs occupied blockers, Ravens backup safety James Ihedigbo blasted Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich.

The sack shook up the quarterback during the Ravens' 13-10 win earlier this month at Heinz Field, dropping Leftwich for a loss of seven yards.

As big a play as that was, Ihedigbo doesn't expect it to necessarily be duplicated Sunday against the Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.

"It was an opportunity to make a play," Ihedigbo said. "What happened last game doesn't mean anything this week. This week is a whole different thing and there's more at stake.

"It's one of those things where every game is bigger than the last week. This is a bigger game than when we played San Diego. There's more at stake. That's where our mindset is."

If the Ravens win Sunday, they clinch a playoff berth. If they win and the Cincinnati Bengals lose to the San Diego Chargers, they clinch the AFC North division crown for the second consecutive year.

"I'm definitely excited," said Ihedigbo, a former New England Patriots and New York Jets player who has eight tackles and a sack on defense and four special-teams tackles since joining the Ravens on a one-year contract. "It's going to be a physical game. Anything that happened the first time doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean jack. We have an opportunity to achieve one of our goals we set this season.

"That's what it's about. It's not even about them. We respect them, we respect the kind of team they are, but it's truly about us this week."

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