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Week 9 NFL Preview: Ravens @ Steelers

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BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 30: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with fans after the Ravens defeated the Arizona Cardinals 30-27 at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 30: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with fans after the Ravens defeated the Arizona Cardinals 30-27 at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Halfway there, almost nothing is clear. That’s the unpredictability of the NFL. Highlighting the unpredictability of the NFL this season have been comeback victories. Last week, the Baltimore Ravens erased a 24-3 deficit to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 30-27. It marked the fifth time this year that a team trailed by at least 20 points and came back to win. That is already the most in a single season in NFL history. Four times – 1983, 1987, 1995 and 1999 – a season had four teams overcome a 20+ point deficit to win.

"I’m proud of our guys," says Ravens head coach JOHN HARBAUGH. "It’s pretty special. You’ve got to keep fighting. If you watch around this league, you can come back and win."

There’s plenty of football still to be played, so don’t count anyone out.

(Click on the 'Jump' to see the NFL Preview on the Ravens-Steelers game)

BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-2) at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-2) (Sunday, NBC, 8:20 PM ET)

One of the league’s fiercest rivalries will add another chapter when the Steelers host the Ravens on Sunday night. Pittsburgh will look to avenge a 35-7 loss at Baltimore in Week 1.


"I guarantee you that the whole NFL shuts down next week just for this game," says Ravens linebacker TERRELLSUGGS. "The whole world is waiting to see it, so I’m just happy to be a part of this game."

Baltimore overcame a 21-point deficit in Week 8 to defeat Arizona 30-27, the team’s largest come-from-behind victory ever. Ravens wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN, who played seven seasons for the Cardinals and recorded 7,520 receiving yards, had 145 yards, the most in NFL history by a player in his first game facing a team for which he had at least 7,500 receiving yards.

The Steelers knocked off New England last week by a 25-17 score. Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER, who passed for 365 yards and two touchdowns, recorded the 75th win of his career, accomplishing the feat in 106 starts. He is the fourth-fastest quarterback to reach 75 victories among QBs who began their careers in the Super Bowl era, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famer ROGER STAUBACH (99), TOM BRADY (99) and KEN STABLER (105).

"We’re just trying to win week to week and keep pace with the elite and put ourselves in position to be considered in that conversation," says Steelers head coach MIKE TOMLIN about his 6-2 team.