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NFL Network, Mike Tirico deliver championship-level call in Ravens loss

NFL Network, Mike Tirico deliver championship-level call in Ravens loss

The Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers battled to another great nail-biting finish Sunday, and the NFL Network delivered a telecast worthy of the outstanding play.

The Christmas Day showdown, a 31-27 Steelers win that ended the Ravens' playoff hopes, was one of the biggest late-season games the NFL Network has telecast, and play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico was up to the task.

Tirico quickly established a strong rhythm to his call, and never lost it. Unlike the uninspired Kenny Albert in Fox's telecast of the Ravens last week, Tirico was pitch-perfect in terms of energy level — enthusiastic and engaged, but not over the top and screaming at any point, even during the...

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