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Is third time the charm for Ravens?

Scouts Inc. gives quick breakdowns of the NFC and AFC championship games.

Originally Published: January 12, 2009
By Scouts Inc. | ESPN.com
Scouts Inc. gives a quick preview of the AFC Championship Game.

Pittsburgh Baltimore

No. 6 Baltimore at No. 2 Pittsburgh

Ravens' key to victory
It certainly could be argued that Pittsburgh and Baltimore are the two most physical teams in the league, but the Ravens should have the edge in the trenches, especially on defense. The Steelers' much-maligned offensive line deserves a lot of credit for its performance against San Diego, but the Ravens' defensive front will be a much stiffer test. This is the third meeting this season between these teams, and there isn't a whole lot either has yet to see, so it is important for the Ravens to impose their will from the opening snap. The Steelers are better rested and healthier due to their first-round bye, but it certainly is possible for the Ravens to win the physical battle.

[+] EnlargeBen Roethlisberger
Matthew Emmons/US PresswireIn two games versus Baltimore, Ben Roethlisberger has two fumbles (one lost) and one interception.


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