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FLACCO STRUGGLES: Joe Flacco (right) had the worst game of his rookie season, completing 13 of 30 passes for 141 yards. He threw three interceptions, one of which was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by Troy Polamalu. His quarterback rating of 18.2 was a career worst.

MCGAHEE HURT: Ravens running back Willis McGahee is "neurologically intact" after being carted off the field in the fourth quarter, a team spokesman said. He hurt his neck on a head-to-head collision with safety Ryan Clark but was talking and moving, according to teammates. McGahee will remain at a Pittsburgh hospital overnight as a precaution.

DOWNFIELD PROBLEMS: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took advantage of a banged-up Ravens secondary, completing three passes of at least 30 yards. His 65-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes gave Pittsburgh a 13-0 lead in the second quarter.

LACK OF TAKEAWAYS: It was a tough day for the usually opportunistic Ravens defense, which caused only one turnover - a forced fumble by Ray Lewis. The Ravens led the NFL in takeaways and had eight in their first two playoff games.

TROUBLE AT HEINZ: The Ravens have lost eight times in their past nine trips to Heinz Field. They are 0-2 there in the playoffs. The Steelers won their first AFC championship game in the eight-year-old stadium.

THEY SAID IT: "This is our beginning. This is where we start. This is not an end by any stretch. We're excited to go forward and take the next step." - Ravens coach John Harbaugh on his post-game message to his players.

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