Heading into this weekend, Ravens riding streak of home wins

Over the last 727 days, M&T Bank Stadium has been the site of last-second field goal makes and misses, stirring comebacks and thorough beatdowns, historic offensive performances and dominant defensive ones.

However, one thing that the stadium hasn't experienced during that span is a loss by the home team.

The Ravens have won 16 consecutive home games -- including the postseason -- heading into this afternoon's matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. A Ravens' win, coupled with a Cincinnati Bengals' loss to the San Diego Chargers, would allow the team to celebrate a second consecutive AFC North title in front of fans who have helped create one of the best home-field advantages in football.

The Ravens haven't lost a home game since Dec. 5, 2010, when they fell, 13-10 to the same team that will provide the opposition Sunday --– the Steelers.

"I didn't know that. Thank you," said Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs when told by a reporter that the Steelers were the last road team to emerge victorious from M&T Bank Stadium.

Suggs smiled as if he couldn't wait to go back to the locker room and provide his teammates with one more piece of motivation Sunday.

"That's first and foremost, defend M&T," he said. "She's been mother to us all and very good to us. So we've got to continue to be good for her."

How good have the Ravens been at home?

Since 2008, the start of the John Harbaugh Era, the Ravens are 32-5 at M&T Bank Stadium, tied with the New England Patriots for the best home record in the NFL during that span. They have won 23 of their last 24 regular season games at home.

During their streak, which stretches to 15 consecutive home wins during the regular season and to 16 with the addition of the AFC Divisional playoff victory over the Houston Texans last January, the Ravens have outscored the opposition 446 to 258.

"We take pride in it," Harbaugh said. "We're very proud of our fans. We are very proud of our city and very proud of the environment of our stadium and our guys really like playing there."

Ravens by the numbers

(Six numbers that tell the story of the streak)

446-258: The margin by which the Ravens have outscored their opponents

12.5: The Ravens' average margin of victory

+16: The Ravens' turnover ratio with 32 takeaways and 16 giveaways

47: Number of sacks for the Ravens

93.8: Joe Flacco's quarterback rating

125.1: Ray Rice's average yards a game from scrimmage

Where the Ravens rank at home since 2008 under John Harbaugh

Category // Stat // Rank

Record // 32-5 // 1st (tied)

Points allowed // 14.4 // 1st

Interceptions // 53 // 2nd

Opposing passer rating // 65.7 // 1st

Yards allowed per game // 285.6 // 2nd

Average rushing yards // 134.8 // 5th

Rushing touchdowns // 51 // 1st

Top 10 NFL regular season records at home since 2008

Team // Record // Pct.

Ravens // 32-5 // .865

Patriots // 32-5 // .865

Falcons // 31-6 // .838

Packers // 29-8 // .784

Steelers // 28-9 // .757

Saints // 28-10 // .737

49ers // 26-11-1 // .684

Bears // 26-12 // .684

Colts // 26-12 // .684

Chargers // 24-13 // .649