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Ravens and Steelers will renew rivalry Saturday night in AFC wild-card round

The Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry will get another postseason chapter.

After clinching the final AFC playoff spot with a 20-10 victory Sunday afternoon over the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens had to wait several hours to find out who would be their opponent in the wild-card round.

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The sixth-seeded Ravens (10-6) now know that it will be the Steelers, who clinched the AFC North title and the No. 3 seed with a 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night at Heinz Field. The Ravens and Steelers (11-5) will play Saturday night in Pittsburgh with kickoff set for 8:15 in a game broadcast by NBC.

The Ravens have never beaten the Steelers in three career postseason matchups, all taking place in Pittsburgh. However, the Steelers may have suffered a significant blow in Sunday night's game, when star running back Le'Veon Bell went down with a knee injury.

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If the Ravens are able to beat the Steelers, they would play the top-seeded New England Patriots (12-4) on Jan. 10 at Gillette Stadium in the divisional round. That game is scheduled to start at 4:35 p.m.

The Ravens and Steelers split their two regular-season games this year, with the Ravens winning, 26-6, at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 2, and the Steelers claiming a 43-23 victory at Heinz Field on Nov. 2. In the second game, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdown passes and completed 25 of 37 passes for 340 yards.

Saturday's game will be their first postseason matchup since the 2010 season. Mike Tomlin's Steelers beat the Ravens, 31-24, in the AFC divisional round that season. They also defeated the Ravens, 23-14, in the 2008 AFC championship game. The other playoff matchup, won 27-10 by Pittsburgh, came in the 2001 divisional round.

The other AFC playoff game will feature the Bengals at the Indianapolis Colts at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. In the NFC, the Arizona Cardinals play at the Carolina Panthers on Saturday at 4:35 p.m., and the Dallas Cowboys play host to the Detroit Lions at 4:40 p.m. Sunday.

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