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Ravens @ Steelers: 2nd Half 'Open Thread'

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The Baltimore Ravens lead the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 at the end of the first half. a solid defensive effort highlighted by an incredible heads-up play by Cory Redding and a fumble recovery led to two TD's after the Steelers got on the board first. Joe Flacco has played calm and collected, with Rice breaking tackles by Troy Polamalu and Todd Heap continuing his recent playoff surge. The Ravens defense is putting pressure on Ben Roethlisberger and he has not been able to consistently make the plays to take advantage of his scrambling abilities.

The Ravens have played great defense in the third quarter and if they can get another score and hold Pittsburgh scoreless, they will be on their way to the AFC Championship Game. A lot of football left in this game, so if Baltimore thinks they can go into a conservative offense now, they will be sadly mistaken and let the Steelers back into the game.

The fact that Pittsburgh has no more challenges left in the game could be a huge advantage. Keep an eye on this stat and see what happens in the game's final thirty minutes. Stick with Baltimore Beatdown to post your comments as the Ravens continue on to victory in the second half and come back shortly after the game is completed for a Game Recap.

GO RAVENS!!!