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Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh.
When: Sunday January 4, 01:15 (UK time)
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The fierce rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers is reignited in the post-season this year as the pair meet at Heinz Field on Saturday night.
All three previous meetings in the post-season have come in Pittsburgh and they have all ended in a Steelers win, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh is relishing the challenge that awaits his team.
“It’s a great challenge,” coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “It’s another playoff game there. We’d like to win one, one of these days.”
Baltimore did not control their playoff destiny heading into the final week of the regular season, but with their 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns coupled with San Diego’s loss to Kansas City, they are back in the playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
However, they haven’t been particularly effective on the road this season, and their last trip to Pittsburgh saw them suffer a heavy 43-23 loss with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throwing for a career high-tying six touchdowns.
However, a key piece will be missing for the hosts on Saturday as running back Le’Veon Bell has been ruled out with a knee injury. Bell has amassed 11 touchdowns and 2,215 yards from scrimmage this year, which was a huge contribution to the franchise-record 6,749 total yards this season.
That will undoubtedly put more pressure on the passing game with Antonio Brown set to be put under the spotlight, but he enjoyed a stellar performance in the last meeting between these two teams and he will be hoping for more of the same.
Traditionally, meetings between these two are low-scoring affairs, especially in Pittsburgh. Baltimore has averaged 18.4 points over its last seven games at Heinz Field and has held Pittsburgh to 20.4 points in those contests.