- 1.) Just because the Steelers brought an agonizing end to the Ravens’ playoff chances, we should not forget that it was an honorable performance in a great
Ravens' playoff hopes evaporated in a hail of fourth-quarter passes by clutch quarterbackMark Selig, Ravens editor: The Ravens had an effective game plan and a hunger to win. What they didn't have is anyone as dynamic as Le'Veon Bell. Too often fansThe Ravens had slowed down Ben Roethlisberger for the better part of three quarters, but when they really needed a stop, the defense had no answers.On Christmas Day, the Ravens will attempt to take one step closer to capturing the AFC North title by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. And to do that, the unit must concentrate on stopping running back Le'Veon Bell.After rushing for just 36 yards in a loss to the Ravens earlier in the season, the Steelers could turn Ben Roethlisberger loose on Sunday.Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace doesn't think any of his teammates would touch a Terrible Towel and he'd strongly advise them not to.If outside forecasts of the defense's pending demise had seeped into their locker room, the Ravens weren't saying. The knowing nods and wry smiles, though, suggested the players were well aware of what was being said and written. They haven't played anyone. They are too slow, too reliant on veterans. They don't stand a chance of stopping the Cowboys and their vaunted running game.Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys just keep on rolling. Not even a fake-spike special from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could derailIt was an ugly game, but we saw glimpses of the Ravens' old punishing defense and an opportunistic special teams. And the Steelers couldn't handle it.Besides seeing the Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-14, one of the genuine pleasures of Sunday’s CBS telecast was play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle.Mark Selig, Ravens editor: This was a defiant win in the ugliest, most Ravenish way. The offenses were lousy (aside from one play), the defenses were firm, theThe Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry might not be the same. The personalities in the rivalry are different, and too often has been the quality of play. ButThe Ravens, who beat the Steelers just twice in eight games during John Harbaugh's first three seasons, now have topped Pittsburgh for three of their past nine total wins dating to the 2014 playoffs.As much as the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers pride themselves on stingy defenses, physical play and AFC North titles, they do differ on how to develop wide receivers.RAVENS PASSING GAME: The bye week certainly came at a good time for new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who had a chance to add more of his ideas intoWhen Ravens Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs was asked the question, he looked at the ground momentarily in silence.