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BlitzburghRockCity
01-09-2011, 03:44 PM
Did we honestly think it was going to be any other way people? We all knew in the back of our minds that once the brackets were set for the post season that we were going to see the hated ratbirds coming to Heinz Field next weekend.

I saw bring it on, it just doesn't get any better than that! The Ravens will go home in the post season again at the hands of the Steelers!!! Here we go !


:bigtowel:

nuclearchihuahuas
01-09-2011, 03:47 PM
I kind of "knew" from the beginning that this was how it was going to end up--I have always enjoyed this particular pairing; this time however, I was really hoping against hope the Chiefs would some how follow the Seachickens and Jets examples and we would get to the Pats game with no injuries...looks like we are going to do this the hard way...oh well, that is the Steeler way after all. Here We Go!:tt02:

Steelers_All_Day_43
01-09-2011, 03:47 PM
Wouldnt want it any other way...

steelersbabex25
01-09-2011, 03:48 PM
Why does it always seem to come down to the Ravens and Steelers? Guess that's what a good rivalry is all about.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-09-2011, 03:49 PM
The only reason I wanted to see the Chiefs in Pittsburgh is because we know the Jets and patriots will knock each other around, and our game will be the same way. It is what it is, if you want the big prize you gotta do it anyway you gotta do it. Nothing is easy but we WILL prevail!

NorCalSteel
01-09-2011, 03:50 PM
Bring it!!!! I see a ratbird *** whiping comming on. HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!

DIESELMAN
01-09-2011, 03:51 PM
Bring on the Ratbirds!! :cope::cope::cope::cope::cope:

Troyisabeast_43
01-09-2011, 03:53 PM
Steelers offense better jump on the Ravens early in this game and play like they have been the last 2 weeks. Get on this Ravens defense early and score and it will really put the pressure on Flacco and the Ravens. This Ravens defense is not that good and if you spread them out you can and will throw on them and that's what Ben and Arians need to be able to do...

BlitzburghRockCity
01-09-2011, 03:53 PM
Hot DAMN I love to hate the Ratbirds!!! Man next Saturday is going to be awesome!

http://www.steelersdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/masonhit.jpg

Steel Trap86
01-09-2011, 03:53 PM
*rubs hands together* another chapter to the greatest rivalry in football...can't wait!

RIVERS OF STEEL
01-09-2011, 03:54 PM
BRING IT ON MOFO.:cope::cope::cope:
the games you just saw will look like a ping pong tournament compared to the next steelers game. hope we don't lose the keys ladies and gentlemen.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-09-2011, 03:55 PM
Steelers offense better jump on the Ravens early in this game and play like they have been the last 2 weeks. Get on this Ravens defense early and score and it will really put the pressure on Flacco and the Ravens. This Ravens defense is not that good and if you spread them out you can and will throw on them and that's what Ben and Arians need to be able to do...


i would love to see us open it up right from the start and expose their defense. Getting up on them early will put all the pressure on Flacco and he will crumble, you can count on that.

The problem is both of these teams play down to each other and always end up making it a slug fest instead of really trying to put on the offensive firepower.

StlersGuy
01-09-2011, 04:04 PM
I have to say it F*ck the RATS... I feel better now

Real Deal Steel
01-09-2011, 04:16 PM
Steelers offense better jump on the Ravens early in this game and play like they have been the last 2 weeks. Get on this Ravens defense early and score and it will really put the pressure on Flacco and the Ravens. This Ravens defense is not that good and if you spread them out you can and will throw on them and that's what Ben and Arians need to be able to do...

Got to take care of buisness in the red zone. More TD's!!!!!!!

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Our WR corps has the advantage over the Ravens secondary. We need to utilize the 3rd WR and give Ed Reed more to look at. Sending Sanders up the middle can freeze Reed so Wallace can get that one on one match up.

And we have to use Miller. There is just no excuse for the way we've under utilized Miller this year.

steelersbabex25
01-09-2011, 04:18 PM
And we have to use Miller. There is just no excuse for the way we've under utilized Miller this year.

There's no excuse for a lot of things we haven't been doing on offense. Ahem*quick slants to Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders*Ahem.

RIVERS OF STEEL
01-09-2011, 04:28 PM
it's a pittsburgh thang ya all. been takin sum **** from some other boards out there til i said "we got six and you don't".

now need seven.
you wouldn't believe how many people still think dallas is the greatest. really sad.

StlersGuy
01-09-2011, 04:31 PM
http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/5412/ratbird.jpg
:ratbirds::rats::ratbirdsanimated:

nuclearchihuahuas
01-09-2011, 04:34 PM
There's no excuse for a lot of things we haven't been doing on offense. Ahem*quick slants to Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders*Ahem.

please, please, please, please :pray::pray::pray::pray:

coach
01-09-2011, 04:38 PM
Hot DAMN I love to hate the Ratbirds!!! Man next Saturday is going to be awesome!

http://www.steelersdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/masonhit.jpg


No beers all week. I will fill my quota on weekend. I am going to buy my Canadian beer and put a special Iron City label on it since we don't get this up here.

steelersbabex25
01-09-2011, 04:40 PM
No beers all week. I will fill my quota on weekend. I am going to buy my Canadian beer and put a special Iron City label on it since we don't get this up here.

Now THAT'S dedication :rofl:

RIVERS OF STEEL
01-09-2011, 04:44 PM
need to log in early next saturday on SA as the board might get jammed with all the fans. jus sayin.

Steelers gear from now on out ya all.

savin my beer money till the 15th of Janurary, 2011.

coach
01-09-2011, 04:49 PM
need to log in early next saturday on SA as the board might get jammed with all the fans. jus sayin.


savin my beer money till the 15th of Janurary, 2011.

I'll sign on Friday.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-09-2011, 05:04 PM
Saving a few extra beer & wing dollars myself for this weekend! Plus I'll need some for the celebration afterwards!!!

StlersGuy
01-09-2011, 05:08 PM
http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/hs322.snc4/41570_2200566480_1935_n.jpg

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:_oc2yhKG8U0qhM:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg236/jennyz0419/SteelersvRavens.jpg

SteelDad
01-09-2011, 05:11 PM
Here we go friends! Time to cue the following....

-ESPN talking endlessly about Ray Lewis' brilliance
-Talk radio going 'ga-ga' for the "tremendous road victory" by the Rats
-Ratbird fans coming to our beloved forums in droves only to disappear minutes after we beat them.
-The 'evolution' of Joe Flacco

and on and on it will go.

On a side note, anyone want to see Ben throw one right at Ngata's balls ala The Longest Yard on the opening play?

Raleigh Steel
01-09-2011, 05:18 PM
Ravens coming to town...

BRING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RIVERS OF STEEL
01-09-2011, 05:19 PM
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/526/ravensowned.png

steelersbabex25
01-09-2011, 05:22 PM
On a side note, anyone want to see Ben throw one right at Ngata's balls ala The Longest Yard on the opening play?

Can he hit Jon Harbaugh after and then throw an 80 yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace on third down..

StlersGuy
01-09-2011, 05:22 PM
The Real Joe Flacco

http://www.movieforum.com/movies/titles/thereplacements/images/shanefalco.jpg

Go 'Lers
01-09-2011, 06:02 PM
Whether you have a ticket or not, everyone rally on the North Shore!!!

Check out the videos below!
- Steelers fans vs Ravens fans (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTS6-g6l4hQ)
- Ravens fans acting tough (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABoTdR2r8Pk)

Lets show their fans that they are NOT welcome in the Steel City :helmet:

Scorp
01-09-2011, 06:10 PM
Scorp will be shakin the west coast that's for damn sure.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-09-2011, 06:48 PM
Nothing says tough like purple camo and a big bird beak on your head!!! :coffeecough: :haha:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_0yWBhOSu080/S0c5O0gyzXI/AAAAAAAAGLg/nuaiuJ8-dIo/ravens%20fans%203_thumb%5B1%5D.jpg?imgmax=800

RIVERS OF STEEL
01-09-2011, 07:05 PM
Nothing says tough like purple camo and a big bird beak on your head!!! :coffeecough: :haha:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_0yWBhOSu080/S0c5O0gyzXI/AAAAAAAAGLg/nuaiuJ8-dIo/ravens%20fans%203_thumb%5B1%5D.jpg?imgmax=800

the purple people eaters can go eat themselves. lol damn i hate those..................rs.

coach
01-09-2011, 07:10 PM
Nothing says tough like purple camo and a big bird beak on your head!!! :coffeecough: :haha:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_0yWBhOSu080/S0c5O0gyzXI/AAAAAAAAGLg/nuaiuJ8-dIo/ravens%20fans%203_thumb%5B1%5D.jpg?imgmax=800

I have to mildly argue that the below commercial easily outdoes purple camo and fans with beaks. These fans were probably drunk when they dressed like that. Lewis was stone sober when he shot his old spice commercials. How do you do anything cool with a raven and old spice???

These commercials suck:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxqlw3cKZHA&feature=channel

Really? C'mon Man! :rant2:

And, I didn't think anything could top seeing him doing that damn chicken dance.

Clevelandsux
01-09-2011, 08:12 PM
ITS ON BABY!!! ITS ON!. I said after we beat them the last time, that we'll probably be seeing them again.

Long Island Steel
01-09-2011, 08:29 PM
I'll be honest - I was hoping for this in 2 weeks for all the marbles, but hey this way they don't even get to see that 3rd round. Even better...

Real Deal Steel
01-10-2011, 12:03 AM
As long as Flacco is in the game, we'll be allright. That guy is not a big time player. And Troy will out smart him like he does everytime he faces him.

pimplydan
01-10-2011, 12:44 AM
your right Polamalu will outplay him. I think the fact that they went on the road to KC and have a short 6 day week and have to come to our house plays alot in our favor.We on the other hand are well rested ,we just have to come out sharp like in Cleveland. we'll do fine.



PIMP

SteelCityKid5
01-10-2011, 01:40 AM
Its going to be a close game for damn sure but lets go Stiwwers

Dean Denton
01-10-2011, 04:48 AM
The only reason I wanted to see the Chiefs in Pittsburgh is because we know the Jets and patriots will knock each other around, and our game will be the same way. It is what it is, if you want the big prize you gotta do it anyway you gotta do it. Nothing is easy but we WILL prevail! Are you kidding me? They Jets are going to get run over and be finished at half time. We get stuck playing the Ravens, and that game is going to be a mess. We cant beat the Pats as it is, let alone be forced to limp into the Championship game. arrhhh...WTH, Manning sucks and we should have got those friggin Colts. and the pats should be forced to play the Ravens...lol

StlersGuy
01-10-2011, 01:40 PM
http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/5040/4178922009075044444n.jpg

BlitzburghRockCity
01-10-2011, 02:15 PM
I start out every day of Ratbird Week with a hater thought about Baltimore and that really gets me off on the right foot! :towelwave:

BlitzburghRockCity
01-10-2011, 02:19 PM
Are you kidding me? They Jets are going to get run over and be finished at half time. We get stuck playing the Ravens, and that game is going to be a mess. We cant beat the Pats as it is, let alone be forced to limp into the Championship game. arrhhh...WTH, Manning sucks and we should have got those friggin Colts. and the pats should be forced to play the Ravens...lol

In theory you would think that Rex Ryan will come up with some different scheme to knock the Patriots around since they got blown out last time they played. Atleast I can hope that is the case. Facing a beaten up Pats team while we are beaten would be nice, but like I said, nothing is easy if you want the prize bad enough.

Good thing too is that if we win this week we'll have an extra day to heal up for whoever or wherever we play the following weekend, since we play on Saturday this week.

StlersGuy
01-10-2011, 02:30 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nXPfVU2dDOw/SlUlieCdh_I/AAAAAAAAAvU/dsYzEqBaV14/s400/ray+lewis.jpg

MDSteel15
01-10-2011, 03:13 PM
You just don't see good photography any more! :clap:

StlersGuy
01-10-2011, 03:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XZDzOGFXts

Steel Trap86
01-10-2011, 03:33 PM
we can't really say much about ray lewis' legal issues, cause ben allegedly did some **** that is just as unforgivable, but that disney vid made me lol

coldrolled
01-10-2011, 03:37 PM
I wish for a smooth up tempo offense, running the lightning package often and a Steeler defense that blitzes flacco every play.. we bury them by the 3rd qtr and look forward to an AFCC game with no injuries and Smith coming back in the lineup...

Go Steelers...............

steelersbabex25
01-10-2011, 03:38 PM
we can't really say much about ray lewis' legal issues, cause ben allegedly did some **** that is just as unforgivable, but that disney vid made me lol

Last I checked Ben didn't stab anyone, or even rape anyone for that matter.

StlersGuy
01-10-2011, 04:01 PM
we can't really say much about ray lewis' legal issues, cause ben allegedly did some **** that is just as unforgivable, but that disney vid made me lol

last I checked Ben did not wear handcuffs and go in front of a judge and get away with Murder... Ben has not and will never be charged with anything and well ray spent a night or so in Jail and has a record

Steel Trap86
01-10-2011, 04:04 PM
Ray didn't get convicted of murder or stabbing anybody, just obstruction. Kind of like Ben didn't get charged or convicted of holding a girl in the bathroom while colon watched the door. it's all speculation that couldn't be proved.

steelersbabex25
01-10-2011, 04:11 PM
Ray didn't get convicted of murder or stabbing anybody, just obstruction. Kind of like Ben didn't get charged or convicted of holding a girl in the bathroom while colon watched the door. it's all speculation that couldn't be proved.

Yeah yeah. You might as well say OJ Simpson is innocent too.

StlersGuy
01-10-2011, 04:39 PM
Yeah yeah. You might as well say OJ Simpson is innocent too.

:yesnod::lol: you know babe I am :thinking: he is defending a Ratbird and yet calls himself a steelers fan.. I don't get it

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lloydfan4life
01-10-2011, 09:48 PM
O-Ray Lewis


http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd95/lloydfan4life/Misc/oray.jpg

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Nothing says tough like purple camo and a big bird beak on your head!!! :coffeecough: :haha:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_0yWBhOSu080/S0c5O0gyzXI/AAAAAAAAGLg/nuaiuJ8-dIo/ravens%20fans%203_thumb%5B1%5D.jpg?imgmax=800

:coffeecough: you forgot about the purple feathers and stuffed teddy bears. :eek1:

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The Typical Ratbird Fan......... (for those who remember him)

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd95/lloydfan4life/Misc%20II/_TimmyLumber.jpg

BlacknGold Bleeder
01-10-2011, 10:00 PM
Took Sat off so I don't miss any of the game...I want to see the complete whippin of the raturds. Falco has never won a game against the STEELERS when Ben is playing,Let the streak continue


HERE WE GO STEELERS,
HERE WE GO !!

BlitzburghRockCity
01-10-2011, 11:35 PM
If anyone thinks the Steelers aren't going to use this this week, they better think again. The players can say all they want how they don't buy into trash talking and it doesn't affect them. You know damn well every time the left a weight in the training room or hit the practice field this week, or watch film, it will be in the back of their minds in some way.

It's going to be epic chaos on that field on Saturday for a game like this!

StlersGuy
01-11-2011, 01:00 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs029.ash2/34814_180165532005264_100000354564402_469346_72885 08_n.jpg

BlitzburghRockCity
01-11-2011, 07:17 PM
Suggs has stated that the winner of this game will win the Super Bowl. It's all over twitter and FB; Harrison commented and said he agrees with that statement. I would say lets not get ahead of ourselves here, but there's as good a chance as any that's for sure.

RIVERS OF STEEL
01-11-2011, 11:04 PM
Suggs has stated that the winner of this game will win the Super Bowl. It's all over twitter and FB; Harrison commented and said he agrees with that statement. I would say lets not get ahead of ourselves here, but there's as good a chance as any that's for sure.

good. looks like we will win the super bowl then. i fn hate the ..............................g turds.

Farrior Fan
01-11-2011, 11:24 PM
I cannot wait, you just know our D is better than theirs and D wins championships http://blogs.baltimoreravens.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/02_Harrison_IS.jpg

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http://rumbunter.com/files/2010/12/rayray.jpg

Steel Trap86
01-11-2011, 11:30 PM
:tt02:299

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MattyVfromCT
01-12-2011, 11:24 AM
that douche brian baldinger picked against us AGAIN so chalk that up as a steeler win. i swear everytime he talks about a steelers game when i watch nfl network that idiot picks against us and he's always wrong. he picked against us in every round of the 08 playoffs. i want everyone picking against us. i want us to beat the rats and to play new england while being a good 10+ point underdogs

Steel Trap86
01-12-2011, 01:21 PM
Ya I saw that too, he says he's taking the Ravens to go in and get the win. Not too surprised though, the only NFL analyst that has stuck with his pick from day 1 is Bucky Brooks. At the beginning of the season he took the Steelers to win the North even without Ben and nobody else did. Ballsy pick by him.

All NFL analysts no nothing more then me or you, they just talk a bunch of **** about whoever won last. Everybody on there said the Seahawks had NO chance at beating the Saints. NO chance. And now that they did, those same clowns are saying "oh well maybe..uhhh Hasselback looks good and they got Lynch" so they have a shot at the Bears now lol

steelersbabex25
01-12-2011, 02:54 PM
EVERYONE WILL ALWAYS PICK AGAINST THE STEELERS. ALWAYS. Why that is? I don't know. But we shouldn't be surprised about it at this point.

steelersbabex25
01-12-2011, 09:44 PM
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/7699/ravensh.jpg (http://img9.imageshack.us/i/ravensh.jpg/)

:hehheh:

Steel Trap86
01-12-2011, 09:46 PM
lmao you saw that too eh! :lol:

steelersbabex25
01-12-2011, 10:09 PM
lmao you saw that too eh! :lol:

Haha yeah it's a good one innit?

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http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/977/ravens.jpg (http://img703.imageshack.us/i/ravens.jpg/)

MattyVfromCT
01-14-2011, 03:52 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOO81_FYomU

typical rats douche. you know i love when rat fans compare how long it took our teams to win our first super bowl. "oh it took us only 4 years it took y'all 40". too bad the rats WERE THE ****ING BROWNS YA DUMBASSES! lol. it's not like they were an expansion team who had to build from scratch. they were 2 years removed from an 11-5 record and wild card birth when the clownies relocated to baltimore. that is by far the dumbest thing rat fans say

Scorp
01-14-2011, 01:52 PM
Ravens-Steelers playoff tilt boils down to Flacco vs.

Big BenAssociated Press
Published: Jan. 14, 2011 at 08:25 a.m.

PITTSBURGH -- The players who arrive from other teams notice it immediately. There's something different about a Ravens-Steelers game.

The hitting seems louder, almost as if the stadium sound system is being turned up to a rock band-level. The intensity seems greater. The bumps and bruises last longer, the following week's game seems to arrive much sooner than usual.

Competitively, no NFL rivalry is closer. Each of their last four regular-season games was decided by three points. Last season, the Ravens won in Baltimore, the Steelers won in Pittsburgh. This season, the Ravens won in Pittsburgh, the Steelers won in Baltimore.

That's close.

"To me, it's definitely the best rivalry in sports," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "It's the most physical game of the year."

As the mirror-image AFC North rivals from adjoining states await their eighth matchup in the last three seasons -- the equivalent of a half season's worth of games - there appears to be one discernible difference between them going into Saturday's AFC divisional playoff.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has figured out how to beat Baltimore in big games. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has improved during each of his three NFL seasons, but he's still working on solving the mystery wrapped in an enigma that can be the Steelers defense.

Statistics and records don't always tell all but, considering how close the rivalry is otherwise, those in the Flacco vs. Roethlisberger series are telling. Roethlisberger is 8-2 against Baltimore, with both losses occurring in 2006. Roethlisberger also is 8-2 in the playoffs. Flacco is 2-5 against the Steelers.

"I think he's beaten us every time he's been under center," Suggs said of Roethlisberger. "That's definitely my bigger problem."

He's right.

Since Flacco came into the league, Roethlisberger has thrown five touchdown passes and three interceptions while going 5-0 against the Ravens. He missed two games against them due to an injury in 2009 and the four-game suspension he served earlier this season. Flacco has thrown six touchdown passes but seven interceptions against Pittsburgh, two of which cost his team games.

For all the rivals' similarities, and their shared toughness, the Ravens understand they probably won't overtake the Steelers until Flacco's play matches or surpasses that of two-time Super Bowl winner Roethlisberger.

"It seems like we see great quarterbacks a lot," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We've beaten our fair share, but we haven't beaten him. So it's our turn."

Despite a suspension that delayed his season debut until Oct. 17, Roethlisberger -- according to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians -- is playing as well as he has at any point in his career. He has a career-low five interceptions, and none in his last 158 passes. Roethlisberger and second-year wide receiver Mike Wallace have teamed up on seven completions of 40 yards or longer.

"He's playing extremely well right now. He's really into it," Arians said. "We haven't probably put in a new pass play since he came back. You just dress them up, change them each week. As long as he knows what he's doing and he's comfortable, I couldn't be more comfortable."

Flacco may have taken a step toward closing the quarterback gap when he led Baltimore to a 30-7 wild-card win in Kansas City last weekend, deftly executing the offense while throwing two touchdown passes.

Still, the divisional playoff game would be in Baltimore, and not Pittsburgh, if Flacco hadn't lost a fumble caused by Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu on Dec. 5. The turnover late in the fourth quarter led to Roethlisberger's game-winning touchdown pass and a 13-10 Steelers victory that flip-flopped the teams in the AFC North standings.

"If the same situation comes up this game, I'm pretty sure we're going to handle it, and we're going to be disappointed if we don't," Flacco said. "Yeah, great play by him but, at the same time, it's something we probably should have handled."

Baltimore also might have won the AFC Championship Game two seasons ago if Polamalu hadn't halted a late Ravens drive by returning an interception thrown by then-rookie Flacco for a touchdown that wrapped up the Steelers' 23-14 victory.

Earlier this week, Suggs predicted the Ravens-Steelers winner likely would go on to win the Super Bowl. Clearly, he believes Flacco is up to the challenge.

"I have 32 more regular-season games, a couple of more playoff games (since 2008)," Flacco said. "I think any time you have more game experience, you become more prepared for any team you're playing. We've played the Steelers a lot of times since I've been here, so the more game experience you get against that defense, the more you can prepare yourself. Once the ball is snapped, it's not going to make a difference that this is a playoff game against the Steelers."

No doubt Harbaugh hopes Flacco takes that mindset into Heinz Field, where the Ravens are 0-2 in the postseason.

"You talk about Ben and what he's meant to the Steelers," Harbaugh said. "We're hoping to get Joe to that kind of perch where he can take over games just by his talent and personality. He's played really well all year -- minus that play where Troy got us."


http://http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81da9563/article/ravenssteelers-playoff-tilt-boils-down-to-flacco-vs-big-ben

Scorp
01-14-2011, 01:59 PM
Divisional Round: Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore
Friday, January 14, 2011
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


It started in the first game, this season-full of spectacular moments, and it started the way it always does with Troy Polamalu, with a play rooted in instinct but based on what he had been watching, what he had been studying, all day.

Late in the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, Polamalu went to defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and asked him to call something that would allow him to make a play on wide receiver Roddy White, who had tortured the Steelers with 13 catches. Most of White's catches were to the right sideline, in the direction of cornerback Bryant McFadden.


So, with 1:45 remaining in a game that was tied, 9-9, Polamalu struck the way he always seems to strike -- making a play in extraordinary fashion. On first-and-10 from the Atlanta 21, anticipating the same sideline throw to White, Polamalu broke from the hash marks on quarterback Matt Ryan's pass and made a lunging interception at the Falcons 30, looking more like Jerry Rice than a 215-pound safety the way he toe-tapped the turf near the sideline stripe.

Jeff Reed missed the field goal that would have won the game in regulation, but Polamalu's interception was the first of many game-changing plays the six-time Pro Bowl safety would make in 2010 -- none bigger than the night of Dec. 5 in Baltimore. It is the reason why the Steelers, not the Ravens, are playing host to Saturday's AFC Divisional playoff game at Heinz Field as the AFC North champion.

"I appreciate that he's really a very special player," LeBeau said. "I'm blessed to be able to coach him."


Head to head
Reed doesn't just intercept passes; he picks them, returns them, and, in a lot of instances, scores with them.

He averages 26.6 yards per interception return, which ranks first in NFL history among players with at least 30 interceptions. His 1,438 return yards also ranks first in NFL history.

But, for all his heroics, Reed has never been much of a factor against the Steelers, especially Ben Roethlisberger. In nine career games against Roethlisberger, Reed has just one interception, and that was in 2006.

Polamalu is a different story.

He changed the landscape of the Steelers 13-10 victory in Baltimore on Dec. 5 when, on second-and-5, he blitzed from the blind side and chopped the ball from Flacco's right hand as he was about to throw. Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley scooped the fumble and ran 19 yards to the Ravens 9, setting up the winning touchdown.

But his most numbing play against the Ravens came in the 2008 AFC Championship game when he picked off Flacco and returned the interception 40 yards for a touchdown, cementing a 23-14 victory that sent the Steelers on their way to an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl title.

"Their study is part of their success," LeBeau said. "They're going to make a lot of plays because they're great football players. Troy has the ability to program off of study and apply it in games. A lot of people can assimilate knowledge from the video, but it loses something when you transfer it to the actual game. But, Troy, he usually makes more plays."

Steelers safety Will Allen, who played six seasons with cornerback Ronde Barber with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said he thinks Polamalu and Reed would still make those plays even if they didn't study film.

"They have certain intangibles of the game where their instincts take over," Allen said. "They're used to making plays. They're used to being in that situation, so, if the ball is in the air or if there is a tipped ball or if they see something the offense has been doing repeatedly, they pick up on it quickly. It becomes instinctual at that point. It's something they learned at young age and developed as a professional."

Free safeties
Reed and Polamalu share another common trait: Each is allowed a large amount of freedom on the field.

Earlier this season, on a goal-line sneak by Titans quarterback Kerry Collins, Polamalu dove over the line of scrimmage at the snap count and landed on Collins before he could even lunge forward. "That's Troy being Troy," linebacker James Farrior said.

But, when he tried it again in the regular-season finale in Cleveland, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy was able to elude Polamalu's diving attempt.

"We prefer he not quite go that far off the diving board -- literally, off the diving board," LeBeau said, referring to the freedom with which Polamalu is allowed to play.

Said Newsome, "People say they both are gamblers and both can be out of position. But when they're doing that, it's based on film study and the tendencies they see. That's why they're able to take gambles. It's freedom within the scheme."

And the ability to make game-changing plays.





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coldrolled
01-14-2011, 02:21 PM
Another good one...

"Ben's playing extremely well right now. He's really into it," Arians said. "We haven't probably put in a new pass play since he came back. You just dress them up, change them each week. As long as he knows what he's doing and he's comfortable, I couldn't be more comfortable."


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LatrobePA
01-14-2011, 02:31 PM
Another good one...

"Ben's playing extremely well right now. He's really into it," Arians said. "We haven't probably put in a new pass play since he came back. You just dress them up, change them each week. As long as he knows what he's doing and he's comfortable, I couldn't be more comfortable."


More Super Planning....

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BlitzburghRockCity
01-15-2011, 02:14 PM
Today is the day Steeler Nation!!! Time to take down the Ratbirds!!!!