Ravens vs. Steelers: 9 Things for Pittsburgh Fans to Watch for Sunday Night

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Ravens vs. Steelers: 9 Things for Pittsburgh Fans to Watch for Sunday Night
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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have produced the NFL's most passionate and heated modern rivalry, despite playing during an era in which fated foes exchange cell phone numbers and give each other veritable bear hugs at midfield. 

Serving as the antithesis of classic rivalries gone soft, the modern day "Purple People Eaters" and "Men of Steel" remind fans at least twice per year that one raw emotion can still serve as a motivator for winning football: ire. 

For Pittsburgh fans, games against Baltimore provide enough ire to burn bird feathers.  On Sunday Night, they will hope their Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers can simply beat the birds. The heated glare from each sideline will again be enough to put the letters of c-h-a-r into arch-rivals

If you're a fan of "real football" (and fans of these two squads know exactly what that means), you have a stake claimed in each contest, all of them another chapter in the clear precedent for modern ballgame battery.

Indeed, Steelers-Ravens is as much your mother's football game as a pink Cadillac is your janitor's mode of transportation.

It's gritty, passionate, throwback... and it's set to rekindle on Sunday Night Football.

Here are nine things for Steelers fans to watch for as the Black and Gold attempt to torch the Ravens.

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