Saturday’s AFC Divisional round of the 2010-11 NFL playoffs will likely be the highlight of the season, when the Baltimore Ravens (13-4) travel to Heinz Field for the second time this year to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4), winners of the AFC North.
The Ravens are on a five game winning streak, with their last loss coming at the hands of the Steelers by a score of 13-10 in Baltimore.
Three points decided both regular season contests between these two teams, and last-second drives by both teams in the final quarter of play determined the winner in both games.
Looking back at Baltimore’s Week 13 loss to the Steelers, a missed assignment by LT Michael Oher allowed for safety Troy Polamalu to reach QB Joe Flacco. The result of the play was a sack-fumble, setting the Steelers up for the go-ahead touchdown with little time left on the clock.
It was that game-changing play by Polamalu, which negatively altered the Ravens season in 2010, and ultimately crowned Pittsburgh division champions.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh called the 13-10 loss to Pittsburgh “the worst of his coaching career.”
Given the vast improvements Baltimore has made in every aspect of the game since their devastating loss to Pittsburgh, the Ravens have put themselves in position to win their first playoff game at Heinz Field, where the Steelers currently hold a 2-0 advantage.
The Ravens can walk away from Pittsburgh victorious on Saturday if they can dominate the game in 10 specific categories. Let’s look at what Baltimore must do to secure a trip to the AFC Championship game.
Todd McGregor is a Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.
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