NFL Playoffs, Ravens Vs. Steelers: Rivalry's Recent History Suggests Another Dramatic Contest

The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, at this point, may be the fiercest and most dramatic in the NFL. The AFC North rivals hate one another, they boast two of the best defenses in the league, and in recent years, nearly every game has been decided by a single score.

Dating back to the 2008 season, here are the results from the last seven Ravens-Steelers games:

Dec. 5, 2010, at Baltimore: Steelers 13, Ravens 10
Oct. 3, 2010, at Pittsburgh: Ravens 17, Steelers 14
Dec. 27, 2009, at Pittsburgh: Steelers 23, Ravens 20
Nov. 29, 2009, at Baltimore: Ravens 20, Steelers 17, OT
Jan. 18, 2009, at Pittsburgh (AFC Championship): Steelers 23, Ravens 14
Dec. 14, 2008, at Baltimore: Steelers 13, Ravens 9
Sept. 29, 2008, at Pittsburgh: Steelers 23, Ravens 20, OT

It's rare to see two rivals knock heads and deliver hard-fought contests as consistently as the Ravens and Steelers have. Of particular note is the AFC Championship battle in early 2009. Take a look at a couple of hard hits from this game:

In today's NFL, these would pretty clearly be illegal blows, and it's borderline disturbing to see them within the context of increased awareness of concussion-related health issues. Aside from that, the take-away here is that these teams really, really do not like one another.

Both of these teams are as good as they've been in years, and there's every reason to expect yet another classic. Follow along with this StoryStream before, during, and after the game. And for more on these teams, check in with our Ravens blog, Baltimore Beatdown, and our Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain.

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