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Atlanta Dan
01-14-2011, 07:33 AM
These excerpts from the linked column in today's New York Times

Fans of Ravens-Steelers games also like scratchy old blues 78s, weather-beaten barns and gnarled produce from roadside fruit stands. Steelers-Ravens games hark back to the days when defense dominated the N.F.L., every final score was 13-10, and games were usually decided by a last-minute strip-sack or a daring long pass from a crumpled pocket. When these teams meet, drives are rare, sacks are common and punters get as much screen time as “American Idol” finalists. These are games for traditionalists, but they are also always close enough to entertain everyone: the last six regular-season games have been decided by a total of 19 points.

The Steelers beat the Ravens in the A.F.C. championship game two years ago, but John Harbaugh’s current team is more experienced and more talented than it was when it netted only 198 yards from scrimmage in that game. The Steelers, on the other hand, never change: tough quarterback, heavy-duty running back, deadly linebackers, no-nonsense coach, 12 wins, now and forever....:thumbsup:

Pick
The first team to gain 100 yards wins; it should happen sometime in the fourth quarter. Steelers.

http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/saturdays-n-f-l-divisional-playoff-matchups/?ref=sports