You might have been surprised that the Baltimore Ravens lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the final score should not come as any surprise.
The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers play each other two times every year in the regular season. Their home-and-home annual series are the most coveted tickets for both team's fans, as you can expect a street brawl and close game virtually every time the two teams meet each season. Only once in the five years of the John Harbaugh & Joe Flacco era has a game been a blowout, last year's 35-7 season opening victory by the Ravens. Otherwise, these games are usually decided by one score, more often a field goal of difference.
In fact, the score of Sunday's game (23-20) was the fourth time in the five years the game was decided by that exact score. To further define the closeness of the rivalry, the Ravens 13-10 win two weeks ago was the second time in the past three years with that exact score and the eight time in ten regular season games over the five year to be decided by exactly three points.
Unfortunately, the Ravens have been on the losing end of this specific score three of the four times it has ended in a 23-20 score, and split the two games that have ended in a 13-10 score. The teams have evenly split the eight games decided by the margin of a field goal since the 2008 season.
The closeness of these games are further proof that when two of the top teams in the league meet, you can virtually expect the game to go down to the final moments and while not always a Ravens victory, game that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the full sixty minutes.