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Pittsburgh Steelers Show Why They Deserve to Be Division Leaders Against Ravens

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with head coach Mike Tomlin before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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Justin ThomasContributor IDecember 3, 2016

The Pittsburgh Steelers were good before they played the Ravens in Baltimore Sunday night.  Now we all know just how good they are, even with injuries.

The Steelers went on a vicious road trip to play the divisional rivals Ravens.  The first series of the game set the tone.  Big Ben had his nose broken on the third play of the Steelers first drive while already having a broken bone in his foot.  Ben showed Steeler nation how talented he is and the fact that he is not a pretty boy quarterback that some like call him.  He defined toughness on Sunday night playing through painful injuries.

His best play came on second down and goal when Terrell Suggs had him for a sack and he maneuvered out of it to throw the ball away miraculously.  Sheer toughness is what he embodied that night.

Heath Miller took a shot to the head that in slow motion looked like bending a pretzel in half without ripping it.  Yet, a few minutes later he got up and walked off the field (concussion and all). 

Troy Polamalu saved the day with his defensive heroics late in the fourth quarter that helped place the Steelers within range of the win. 

With all the big plays that happened during this game one key element stands out.  The 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers are tough.  Not only that but they now are the number two seed in the AFC and control their own destiny within the division and playoffs. 

We all know that the Steelers have been playing with a chip on their shoulder with the league penalizing many of their players, but with a very untested offensive line and a quarterback that virtually only had his arms working no one could have expected this. 

This team has embodied the toughness of the Steelers of the 1970's.  They are mean, ruthless, and will continue to do what they have always done and that is be absolutely relentless.

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