Last season each team won on their homefield – this season it was the exact opposite. As if the bitter rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers needed any more fuel.
This is as even a matchup as we’ll see in this year’s playoffs, the shame in this is that the Super Bowl won’t pack this kind of punch. I’m up against the 4:30 kickoff so I’m going to get right to it.
The Steelers have to stretch the field and not allow Ray Rice and Willis McGahee to factor into the passing game. The defense needs one or two big plays. And of course keep turnovers to a minimum.
The Ravens have to stop the Steelers vertical attack downfield and get production from their own receiving corps. They must use the running game to control the clock and take pressure off of Joe Flacco. Create turnovers.
The Pick: Ravens 20 – Steelers 17 (overtime)