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Elvis Dumervil applies heat to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Elvis Dumervil wanted to make Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger uncomfortable standing for very long in the pocket.

The former Pro Bowl outside linebacker succeeded in his mission during the Ravens' emotional 26-6 victory over the Steelers on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

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Dumervil barreled into the backfield to sack Roethlisberger twice, driving the quarterback into the ground for combined losses of 15 yards. Roethlisberger completed just 22 of 37 passes for 217 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for a 64.8 quart4erback rating.

"We're just trying to get off the ball and be disruptive," Dumervil said. "As a rusher, you just want to be annoying. Just come out here and just get pressure and, as you keep hammering, the door will come down."

It was a dramatic turnaround for the Ravens' defense after finishing with zero sacks and zero quarterback hits Sunday during a 23-16 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals where quarterback Andy Dalton enjoyed having plenty of time to operate.

On Thursday, it was a different story altogether as the Ravens recorded their first sack of the season when Dumervil tackled him for an eight yard loss late in the second quarter.

Dumervil then sacked Roethlisberger for a seven-yard loss in the third quarter. It was Dumervil's 75th career sack.

"That's what Elvis came here to do," outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw said. "When it's time for you to get in there, you have to make those plays and he did that for us."

Days prior to the game, Dumervil had expressed dissatisfaction with how the Ravens’ pass rush hit a wall against the Bengals' blockers.

Against the Steelers, Dumervil bull-rushed offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert into the backfield. He essentially manhandled Gilbert to trap Roethlisberger in the backfield.

"Ben is a very difficult guy to get to," Dumervil said. "The offensive is pretty good, too."

Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs had three tackles and one quarterback hit, but it was Dumervil who had the most impressive performance rushing the passer.

This marked Dumervil's 23rd multi-sack game going back to 2006 when he entered the NFL with the Denver Broncos.

"We played good fundamental defense," Suggs said. "We didn't give up big plays, and we didn't give up a touchdown."

Meanwhile, Upshaw delivered a big hit to Roethlisberger on the Steelers' third play from scrimmage where he and Dumervil collided with the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. Upshaw was flagged for roughing the passer because he led with the crown of his helmet into Roethisberger's chest, nullifying the sack.

"I didn't even know they called it on me until I got to the sideline," Upshaw said. "It felt good. I just wanted to make some plays and that so happened to get me started with the big hit.

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"The coaches told me not to worry about the penalty. At the end of the day, you have to keep playing football. You can't let that take over you. You can't stop being aggressive."

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