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Ravens strong safety Darian Stewart has upgraded his play recently

Since rejoining the starting lineup, Stewart has gone on a bit of a tear and is coming off arguably his top game of the season during the Ravens' 30-17 AFC wild-card playoff win Saturday night over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

It was only six weeks ago when Ravens strong safety Darian Stewart was benched and replaced by Jeromy Miles after a rough game against the New Orleans Saints.

Since rejoining the starting lineup, Stewart has gone on a bit of a tear and is coming off arguably his top game of the season during the Ravens' 30-17 AFC wild-card playoff win Saturday night over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

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Stewart intercepted Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone in the fourth quarter, picking off a pass intended for wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Stewart also displayed a lot of range to prevent a touchdown pass to Brown earlier in the game. And he recovered a fumble at the end of the game, too.

"Darian Stewart played really well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of his performance against the Steelers. "Two huge plays, obviously, with the interception at the end.

"But the best play might have been the play where he came out of the middle of the field, had Antonio Brown in the corner of the end zone, and he covered a lot of ground and knocked him out of bounds right there by six inches. That's about as good a play as you can ever see. The range there was tremendous."

Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Stewart blocked a punt that Kamar Aiken returned for a touchdown. Stewart also intercepted a pass against the Houston Texans, and he finished the regular season with 53 tackles and a forced fumble after signing a one-year, $1.3 million contract last spring.

"Darian is quietly putting together a really sound second half of the season this year," Harbaugh said. "He's really come on well for us."

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