Every week, reporter Jon Meoli will serve up five stats you should know heading into that week's Ravens game. This week's stats, prepared ahead of Saturday's Wild Card round showdown with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, focus on the Ravens' postseason past, Steve Smith's playoff success, and two players key to stopping Steelers star Antonio Brown: Lardarius Webb and Sam Koch.
.643 – The Ravens are 9-5 on the road in the postseason, good for a .643 win percentage, an especially pertinent fact considering they're going on the road Saturday at Pittsburgh. And if it feels like the Ravens are always on the road in the playoffs, you're right. Just five of the team's 21 playoff games have been in Baltimore, with just two of the 13 playoff games in the John Harbaugh era at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens' six road playoff wins under Harbaugh are the most in the league in that span.
137 – There will be plenty of ways to rehash how good quarterback Joe Flacco's postseason was in 2012, but Flacco not having thrown a postseason interception in 137 pass attempts is a good way to do it. Allow me to be the hundredth person to say that he'll be largely responsible for how Saturday's game, and the month of January go for the Ravens. He's thrown more postseason interceptions at Pittsburgh (four in two games) than he has regular season interceptions there (three in seven games), but most of those came in 2008, Flacco's rookie season.
8 – You wouldn't know it without following the Panthers closely, but Steve Smith is tied for second among active receivers (with old friend Anquan Boldin) with eight postseason touchdown receptions. Smith said Tuesday that he came to Baltimore for a reason, and it's likely to add to that total in what he hopes will be a bunch of playoff games against the Ravens. He doesn't have a touchdown in five career games against the Steelers, but I'd expect that to change on Saturday's stage.
23 – According to the irreplaceable Pro Football Focus, Lardarius Webb has allowed one reception for every 23 times he's dropped back into coverage over the last four games—the lowest catch-per-coverage-snap rate in the league over that span. Webb has acknowledged his health is the best it's been all season, and he'll have a chance to rectify that last Pittsburgh game in which he nearly allowed more production (seven catches for 105 yards and a touchdown) as he has the last four games combined (seven catches for 67 yards).
Two – In a pair of games against the Steelers this season, wide receiver Antonio Brown has returned just two of the eight Sam Koch punts that came his way. Four were fair caught, two went out of bounds, and the two that were returned went for just 13 yards. It's a testament to Koch's skill all year that the Ravens haven't given up a big punt return, and when called upon, he's been among the league's best punters. All you need to do is look at Brown's 71-yard score last week to see the damage he can inflict if you're not ready for him.