Final

Ravens 31

(12-3, 6-2 away)

Steelers 7

(7-8, 5-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 24, 2006

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
BAL 7 7 7 1031
PIT 0 7 0 07

Top Performers

Passing: S. McNair (BAL) - 256 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Lewis (BAL) - 24 CAR, 77 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Clayton (BAL) - 7 REC, 108 YDS, 1 TD

Baltimore (11-3) at Pittsburgh (7-7)

Baltimore (11-3) at Pittsburgh (7-7) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Ben Roethlisberger has a score to settle with the Baltimore Ravens.

The youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl 10 months ago, Roethlisberger was sacked nine times and committed three turnovers in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-0 loss at Baltimore on November 26.

The AFC North rivals meet again on Sunday. The Ravens have already clinched their second division title in four years while the Steelers are barely alive in the playoff race.

Baltimore is tied with the Indianapolis Colts for the second seed, which assures a first-round bye. However, the Colts have the edge in the tiebreaker.

The Steelers have won three straight since their loss at Baltimore to even their record. However, they trail four 8-6 teams - Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville and the New York Jets - in the wild-card race.

Last season, Pittsburgh won its last four regular-season games to earn the last wild-card spot before winning four playoff contests.

But now it appears the Steelers will become the first Super Bowl champion to fail to make the playoffs the following season since the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Baltimore hopes to ride its defense to the Super Bowl this season. The Ravens are allowing a league-low 13.4 points per game and have set a franchise record with 52 sacks.

Last week, Baltimore recorded six sacks, two by defensive end Trevor Pryce, and two interceptions in a 27-17 win over Cleveland.

Ends Pryce and Terrell Suggs each had two sacks and linebacker Bart Scott added 1 1/2 in the rout of the Steelers.

"They (the Ravens) just get after it," Roethlisberger said. "They throw so many different things at you, it's tough to pick up. Not just for me, but for the linemen and everyone else."

The most damaging sack was by Corey Ivy, who came in on a safety blitz and stripped the ball from Roethlisberger. Linebacker Adalius Thomas recovered the fumble and raced 57 yards for a touchdown.

The Ravens also limited Willie Parker to 22 yards on 10 carries. Parker rushed for 132 yards on 23 carries in the Steelers' 37-3 win at Carolina last week, increasing his season total to 1,331 yards.

Steve McNair suffered a deep cut in his right hand in last week's win over Cleveland, but is expected to start against the Steelers.

Kyle Boller replaced McNair in the first quarter and threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 77-yard bomb to rookie Demetrius Williams in the third quarter.

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Passing Leaders

BaltimoreCMP%YDSTDINT
J. Flacco63.4105572
PittsburghCMP%YDSTDINT
B. Roethlisberger68.1109262
R. Golden100.02500

Rushing Leaders

BaltimoreCARYDSAVGTD
J. Forsett442555.82
L. Taliaferro331494.52
PittsburghCARYDSAVGTD
L. Bell723785.31
L. Blount211577.52

Receiving Leaders

BaltimoreRECYDSAVGTD
S. Smith2542917.23
T. Smith813817.31
PittsburghRECYDSAVGTD
A. Brown2942714.75
M. Wheaton1922711.90

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsBAL
 
 317
PIT
 
 358
Yards PassingBAL
 
 215
PIT
 
 233
Yards RushingBAL
 
 102
PIT
 
 125
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedBAL
 
 264
PIT
 
 300
Pass Yds AllowedBAL
 
 188
PIT
 
 212
Rush Yds AllowedBAL
 
 76
PIT
 
 88

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Pittsburgh leads 7-6
Nov 26, 2006BAL 27, PIT 0
Nov 20, 2005BAL 16, PIT 13
Oct 31, 2005BAL 19, @PIT 20
Dec 26, 2004BAL 7, @PIT 20
Sep 19, 2004BAL 30, PIT 13
Dec 28, 2003BAL 13, PIT 10
Sep 7, 2003BAL 15, @PIT 34
Dec 29, 2002BAL 31, @PIT 34
Oct 27, 2002BAL 18, PIT 31
Jan 20, 2002BAL 10, @PIT 27
Dec 16, 2001BAL 21, PIT 26
Nov 4, 2001BAL 13, @PIT 10