Ravens vs. Steelers: 10 Observations from Sunday Night's 23-20 Heartbreaker

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Ravens vs. Steelers: 10 Observations from Sunday Night's 23-20 Heartbreaker
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The Baltimore Ravens beat the Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday Night, sweeping the season series.  The Ravens played like a team hellbent on vengeance following last year's playoff collapse at the hand of their AFC North rival.

While many towel-twirling fanatics expected Pittsburgh's best effort in the aftermath of a 35-7 opening weekend beating, Heinz Field faithful witnessed a mixture of positives and negatives in an evening that served like an emotional pendulum.

Both teams seemingly had the game won.  The Ravens took a commanding 16-6 lead in a defensive contest, only to witness Ben Roethlisberger rebound from a foolhardy interception and rally the Men of Steel into the late lead.

The Steelers had chances to put away the game offensively and defensively.  Nevertheless, Jekyll replaced Hyde in the final two minutes of the contest when the offense stalled with the lead and the defense couldn't put the game away. 

Speaking of scary characters and stories, many fans know the Ravens were named after Baltimore native Edgar Allen Poe.  In the past, Baltimore's offense played like a rewritten line from one of his finest works: quote the raven, "Never score!" 

Yet, in arguably the brightest moment of his young career, Joe Flacco completed a surprisingly efficient evening with a 92-yard scoring drive to capture first place in the AFC North.  It was a situation that saw many Balti-snore quarterbacks, including Flacco, fail miserably in the past.

A win would have set the Steelers up nicely for an inside track to home field advantage. 

While Steelers fans debate the breakdowns that led to the heartbreaking defeat, ravenous Ravens fans (and coaches) celebrate their first regular season sweep of Pittsburgh since 2006.

Here are 10 observations from the 23-20 Sunday Night stunner.

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