Brent Alexander

Game 18: Steelers dethrone Ravens in big way

The Ravens' reign unceremoniously ended with a resounding rout.

Undone by a tired defense and a tiresome offense, the defending champions were ripped off the throne with a humbling, 27-10 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday before 63,976 at Heinz Field. Staggering instead of swaggering in their AFC divisional playoff game, the Ravens suffered the worst postseason defeat of any defending champion in 18 years.The offense folded to the relentless Steelers pressure, committing four turnovers and producing a season-worst 150 yards. The defense withered from being on the field for nearly 41 minutes, giving up more points yesterday than it had in its previous five playoff wins...