Marvel Smith

Game 1: Ravens forge curtain of own

Game 1: Ravens forge curtain of own

The Ravens won here last year with explosive, big-play offense. They won here yesterday with dominant defense.

Consider this the start of a new era.Where once this franchise routinely lost at Three Rivers Stadium to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a number of inventive ways, the Ravens yesterday distanced themselves forever from their Cleveland Browns past.

They did it with an oppressive pass rush, a magnificent goal-line stand and a stifling 16-0 victory over the Steelers in the season opener.

"This is my 11th year, and last year was the first time I won here," said defensive end Rob Burnett, the Ravens' elder statesman. "I can never come here and win. We've...