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January 15, 2011 - Buck Frank
Playoff games in Pittsburgh never get old. The Steelers have enjoyed a lot of success over the years in the playoffs, and they've had their disappointments, too. Today's game against the Baltimore Ravens figures to be another classic. It's hard to find anyone who thinks the game will be decided by more than a touchdown. I picked the Ravens to win, 23-21, in Saturday's Mirror. I've already heard from a few angry Steelers fans, but the good news for Steelers fans is I've been wrong on both Steelers-Ravens games this year. I think the home-field advantage won't come into play because the Ravens are a good playoff road team. I also think the Ravens have the edge on the offensive and defensive lines, and usually at this stage of the season, games are won in the trenches. The Ravens also have the better special teams, and the game could come down to a last-minute field goal. But, who knows? It's obvious the game can go either way. Elsewhere: --Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel was added to the AFC Pro Bowl team when the Colts' Dwight Freeney announced he would not be able to participate due to injury. Keisel joins James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Maurkice Pouncey as four Steelers who will play in the game, provided the team isn't in the Super Bowl. --The Steelers' inactive lists includes DE Aaron Smith, LB Jason Worilds, RB Jonathan Dwyer, CB Crezdon Butler, OT Tony Hills, OT Chris Scott and DT Steve McLendon. Charlie Batch is the third QB. The most notable for the Ravens is WR/KR David Reed. --Snow is expected, possibly an inch or two, but it hasn't fallen yet (half-hour until kickoff). --Surprisingly, more Ravens jerseys are scattered throughout Heinz Field than what you may normally see. --The Ravens defensive backs were in the end zone on the Steelers' side of the field during warm-ups and were escorted to their side of the field by the officials.