It's not common for either the Ravens or Steelers to blow out one another when they meet on the football field. That's part of the reason why Week 2's 26-6 Baltimore win was a tad surprising. Regardless of record, both teams bring similar attributes to each game — a hard-nosed approach on defense with a reliance on the running game to churn out first downs.
Sure, Ben Roethlisberger went for 522 yards and six touchdowns against the Colts. That's not likely to happen against the Ravens, regardless of where each team stacks up in a given season. Let's take a look back at the rivalry in regular-season games played at Heinz Field, since John Harbaugh took over the team in 2008.
2008: Steelers 23, Ravens 20 (overtime)
Former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed kicked a 46-yard field goal at the 9:01 mark in overtime to get the win. Roethlisberger was held to 191 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Joe Flacco threw for 192 yards and a touchdown.
2009: Steelers 23, Ravens 20
Reed kicked a 38-yard field goal with 5:30 left to go in the game. The Steelers defense was able to keep the Ravens from scoring after that. Roethlisberger barely completed 50 percent of his passes, going for 259 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Former Ravens running back Ray Rice had a great day, rushing for 141 yards on 30 carries.
2010: Ravens 17, Steelers 14
With 34 seconds remaining in the game, Flacco found receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (wait, what?) for an 18-yard touchdown to give the Ravens a win. Charlie Batch was forced to play quarterback for the Steelers and didn't do so well. Flacco was 24-37 for 256 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
2011: Ravens 23, Steelers 20
The Ravens had to go 92 yards to win the game against Pittsburgh with only 2:24 remaining. With 42 seconds left to go, receiver Torrey Smith dropped what would have been the game-winning score. He redeemed himself as Flacco went back to the then-rookie for a 26-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game. Roethlisberger threw for 330 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Flacco threw for 300 yards and a score.
2012: Ravens 13, Steelers 10
Byron Leftwich had to start this game, which made things easier on the Ravens' defense (outside of that 31-yard scramble for a touchdown he had early on). However, Pittsburgh's defense got the best of the Ravens' offense, limiting Flacco to 164 passing yards and Rice to 40 rushing yards. However, Jacoby Jones had a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown that ended up being the deciding play. The teams entered the fourth quarter with the Ravens leading 13-10 and no one scored from that point.
2013: Steelers 19, Ravens 16
Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal with time expiring to give his team a win. Flacco threw for 215 yards and a touchdown — a pass to Dallas Clark that tied the game up at 16-16 with 2:02 to play in the game. Roethlisberger was held to 160 passing yards and one touchdown.
(Of course, this does not include the two playoff games between the two teams at Heinz Field — a 23-14 Steelers win in the 2008 AFC Championship and a 31-24 Steelers win in the divisional round of the 2010 playoffs.)
For whatever reason, the Ravens have historically played the Steelers extremely close at Heinz Field under Harbaugh during the regular season. Sunday night shouldn't be any different. The Ravens have already proved what they can do against the Steelers earlier this season. So even though Roethlisberger went bananas a week ago against Indianapolis, there's no reason to worry that he'll do the same once again.
This should be yet another classic rivalry game for the world to see on prime time television Sunday night.