Although there is some debate over the validity of the claim that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have, in fact, the greatest rivalry in the NFL, there is no question that the matchups between these two teams are some of the best in football.
As recently described by Ravens coach John Harbuagh (courtesy of profootballtalk.com):
"'It’s almost surreal,' Harbaugh said. 'All of a sudden, everything’s different. You go into this dark place. It’s like you’re in this globe, in a good way, and suddenly there’s nothing outside of that moment, outside of that stadium.'"
As we get set for the second game this season between the Steelers and Ravens, here are some of the interesting aspects of this old-school football rivalry.
Steelers lead regular season series 18-13.
Steelers lead playoffs series 3-0.
Pittsburgh's biggest win: 37-0 on November 9, 1997.
Baltimore's biggest win: 35-7 on September 11, 2011.
Other interesting points:
Only TWICE has one of these teams been shut out. In both cases, it was the Ravens (on November 9, 1997—see above—and on September 3, 2000).
The Steelers swept the Ravens in 2000, winning the two combined games by the score of 25-6. The Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl that year.
September 3, 1998: The Steelers handed the Ravens their first loss at M&T Bank Stadium, 20-13.
November 2, 2001: The Ravens returned the favor and handed the Steelers their first loss at Heinz Field, 27-10.
September 19, 2004: The Ravens knocked Steelers QB Tommy Maddox out of the game. Pittsburgh brought in Ben Roethlisberger, who led the Steelers to a 15-1 record on the season. This was the Steelers' only loss of the year.