NFL Network crew showers Ravens with praise

The Baltimore Sun

In addition to Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth of NBC's Sunday Night Football complimenting the Ravens on their 35-7 demolition of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, several members of the NFL GameDay Final crew heaped similar praise on the Ravens.

Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders said he was surprised at how the Ravens cleared the way for 170 rushing yards and caused seven turnovers.

"I had no idea that the Pittsburgh Steelers could be out-physicaled," said Sanders, a former Raven. "... The Baltimore Ravens physically dominated this game. The players that were supposed to step up -- [running back] Ray Rice, [quarterback Joe] Flacco, [free safety] Ed Reed, [inside linebacker] Ray Lewis, [defensive tackle Haloti] Ngata, [outside linebacker Terrell] Suggs -- they did just that."

Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin said the victory could be the springboard Flacco needs to become an  elite passer.

"[There is] somebody, some team [where] you have to get over that hump," Irvin said. "Once you get over that hump, it becomes a mental thing. Now the Baltimore Ravens have confidence they can get to a Super Bowl because they have confidence that they can get past a Ben Roethlisberger-led Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Former San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci said Pittsburgh, which started eight players over the age of 30, looked slow against the Ravens.

“The Steelers are the oldest team in the National Football League and they looked like it today,” he said.

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