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10-03-2010, 02:55 AM
Steelers-Ravens: Memorable moments

By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sport ... ments.html (http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/october/03/steelers-ravens-memorable-moments.html)

Sunday October 3, 2010 12:13 AM

Steelers 26, Ravens 21

Dec. 16, 2001

at M&T Bank Stadium

The skinny: In the days leading up to the game, the Ravens poked fun of Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress by calling him “Plexiglass.” Burress responded by torching the Ravens’ secondary with eight catches for 164 yards and one TD.

Steelers 34, Ravens 15

Sept. 7, 2003

at Heinz Field

The skinny: Two of the main combatants in the rivalry — Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Steelers linebacker Joey Porter — almost came to blows during pre-game warm-ups. Porter was particularly upset because Lewis mocked his “boot” celebration routine and called Heinz Field “his house.”

Ravens 30, Steelers 13

Sept. 19, 2004

at M&T Bank Stadium

The skinny: Despite the lopsided score, this was actually a landmark day in Steelers’ history. Tommy Maddox was KO’d from the game in the second half with an elbow injury which paved the way for the Steelers to play their rookie QB. A week later in Miami, Ben Roethlisberger made his first career start and the Steelers didn’t lose again until the AFC Championship Game.

Ravens 27, Steelers 9

Nov. 26, 2006

at M&T Bank Stadium

The skinny: Untouched on a blitz, Ravens linebacker Bart Scott drilled Ben Roethlisberger with a hit that made Sports Illustrated’s most vicious hits list of 2006. After the hit, Roethlisberger lay prone on the turf, looking as though he was seriously injured. He was able to get up and walk off on his own power, but Roethlisberger says to this day that’s the hardest he’s ever been hit.

Steelers 38, Ravens 7

Nov. 5, 2007

at Heinz Field

The skinny: On the night the Steelers honored many of the legends of the franchise’s first 75 years, outside James Harrison put on one of the greatest defensive performances in team history. Harrison had 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Steelers 23, Ravens 20, OT

Sept. 29, 2008

at Heinz Field

The skinny: Before the game, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs issued a bounty on Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. Then in the game, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall had his rookie season come to a crashing end when he suffered a broken shoulder on a hit from Ray Lewis.

Steelers 13, Ravens 9

Dec. 14, 2008

at M&T Bank Stadium

The skinny: The Steelers picked up a crucial AFC North win that helped them win the division and advance to the Super Bowl. The Steelers scored the winning TD when Ben Roethlisberger threw a controversial 4-yard TD pass to Santonio Holmes with 43 seconds left to play. The TD didn’t count until the refs reviewed several angles of the catch on instant replay.

Steelers 23, Ravens 14

Jan. 18, 2009

at Heinz Field

The skinny: Steelers clinch victory in the AFC Championship game when strong safety Troy Polamalu returned an interception 40 yards for a TD with just 4:24 left to play. A few minutes later, Steelers free safety Ryan Clark knocked out Ravens running back Willis McGahee with a violent hit. MaGahee left the field on a stretcher and was taken to the hospital.