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    Battered and beaten

    The AFC North rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens has a reputation for physicality. One look at the face of Ben Rothlisberger revealed that Sunday night's showdown between the teams was no exception.

    The Steelers' quarterback left the field with a crooked and bloody nose after being sacked for an 8-yard loss on the team's first offensive series, the result of Haloi Ngata’s left arm hitting his facemask. As trainers tended to him on the sideline, it quickly became apparent from multiple TV camera angles that Roethlisberger’s nose was in bad shape.

    "Someone just came through and a hand got through my facemask," Roethlisberger said. "The next thing you know, I feel blood running down my face."

    He spent much of the following series trying to stop the bleeding, and his jersey was soon spattered with blood.

    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed moments after Pittsburgh's 13-10 victory that his quarterback had broken his nose on the play.

    Roethlisberger, already playing with a broken bone in his foot, returned for the next series.

    While Roethlisberger's injury was perhaps the night's most memorable, the scariest moment involved Steelers tight end Heath Miller, who was concussed after a hard hit delivered by linebacker Jameel McClain in the third quarter.

    Much to the surprise of Chris Collinsworth in the broadcast booth, no penalty was called on the hit that snapped Miller's head back, which left him motionless on the field for several minutes while being tended to by team doctors. He was eventually able to walk to the sidelines under his own power.

    Ravens tight end Todd Heap strained his hamstring on the first play from scrimmage, while Steelers right tackle Flozell Adams sprained his ankle when it was rolled up on in the third quarter. Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda injured his knee in the second quarter, with placekicker Shaun Suisham forced to fill in for the rest of the game.

    Tomlin said after the game that Sepulveda has an anterior cruciate ligament injury and is likely done for the season.

    Roethlisberger, meanwhile, told reporters that he has kept the self-examination of his face to a minimum.

    "I looked real quick," he said. "It hopefully will be fixed tomorrow. It looks like I just went 12 rounds with (boxer Manny) Pacquiao."

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    Fighting back.....Steelers outlast Ravens in physical division battle

    Ben Roethlisberger threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Redman with 2:51 left after Troy Polamalu forced a fumble with a sack of Joe Flacco, and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 13-10 on Sunday night to gain sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

    A fierce defensive battle turned when Polamalu hit Flacco's arm on a safety blitz. The loose ball was taken 19 yards by Lamarr Woodley to the Baltimore 9, setting up Pittsburgh's lone touchdown.

    After throwing two incomplete passes, Roethlisberger dumped a short toss over the middle to Redman, who broke two tackles on his way to the end zone.

    Baltimore's ensuing drive ended when Joe Flacco bounced a fourth-down pass to Ed Dickson with 33 seconds remaining.

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    I knew Joe Choke O would come through when we needed him to, Also congrats to Lebeau for calling a great Blitz even though we thought it was gonna be a running play

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    "He actually looks better with a broken nose,'' said Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. "He's a warrior."
    I was watching the game with my family last night, and I said something along the lines of, "they really need to get that blood of his nose..it's really bothering me." And they said that he probably left it there on purpose because it made him look tough They probably had a fresh white jersey ready for him too.

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    The Phillips File- Steelers-Ravens Never Seem To Disappoint

    December 6, 2010 1:09 PM


    From John Phillips
    In this day and age where we live in the now and tend to see then next-best thing right around the corner of every channel we surf, the hype leading up to Sunday Nights AFC North battle between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens seemed almost too much. How could this game live up to the billing?
    Could these two teams possibly deliver on the promise of another classic matchup that would equal its buildup?

    You bet it did.

    And then some.

    What unfolded last night at M&T Bank Stadium in crab land had to be the hardest hitting one in the series to date, numbering 28 after last night and giving the Steelers a 17-11 edge.

    The win also put the Steelers in sole possession of 1st place of the division and because they have a better division record, gives them the tie breaker at the moment over Baltimore if the two teams end up tied with the same record at the end of the regular season.

    Some thoughts on last night, starting with Roethlisberger. He never ceases to amaze me. With a broken foot, he takes a shot from Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata and has his schnoz busted open. Now I know football is a contact sport, but shouldn’t there have been a flag on that play for a blow to the head? The nose is attached to the head right?

    How about that play Ben made when Ravens LB Terrell Suggs was drapped all over him on 1st & goal, trying to strip Ben of the football. Roethlisberger shook the hard charging Suggs away, turned his body, moved out of the pocket and chucked the ball towards the sideline, as to not get a flag for intentional grounding.

    That’s known as football smarts.

    Yes, Ben was his usual super self, but there were others that were participants in the Poe like story. The most notable being Troy Polamalu.

    The man of Troy came up with what had to be the game changing moment late in the 4th quarter when his team needed just that as he stripped the football out of Baltimore QB Joe Flacco’s throwing hand, allowing Lamar Woodley to recover it and return the fumble to the Ravens 9.

    Normally Baltimore wouldn’t fret as their defense has not allowed a touchdown all season when the offense turns the ball over, numbering 16 in all.

    All good things must come to and end however and it did three plays later when Roethlisberger found Isaac Redman open. The 3rd down specialist broke several tackles on his way to the end zone and gave the Steelers its 1st lead of the game.

    The defense came on and did just enough to keep the Ravens out of the end zone and field goal range, forcing a turnover on downs at their 31.

    Now to the Heath Miller incident in the 3rd quarter. Is it me, or was I watching the same game as the Zebra’s being paid to officiate this contest?

    I was sitting in my game room in Pittsburgh watching it on my big screen and I could hear the helmet-to-helmet hit placed on Miller by Ravens LB Jameel McClain. It was a clear blow to the head by McClain and should have drawn a flag but for some strange reason, the officials didn’t see it.

    You heard me conspiracy theorists. With all the talk about over sensitive officials and how the league has told them to err on the side of caution and throw a flag if it’s even close, they chose not to do so on that play.

    Inexcusable.

    Somebody should throw a flag on this crew for missing such an obvious call.

    Al Michaels & Chris Collinsworth were calling the game on NBC and were both livid, with Collinsworth really going off about it saying a hit like that is exactly what the league is trying to prevent. Later in the broadcast, an NFL official told the broadcasters that a flag should have been throw.

    Ya think so?

    Despite all of that. Despite the injuries, the penalties, the hostile environment, the officials looking the other way and trailing for 57+ minutes, the Steelers willed themselves to victory and at the moment, the 2nd seed in the upcoming NFL Tournament.

    With four weeks left to play and just one game remaining against an opponent with a winning record, (NY Jets) things are looking good for the guys in Black-N-Gold. Let’s strap in for a wild ride to the finish line.




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    Something uplifting 4 Steelers

    Different Target: Steelers Now Control AFC North:http://ne8.org/13u
    Source: NYT Sports 12/06/2010 @08:16pm est.
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    And their fans.

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