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Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Most Memorable Moments in the Rivalry

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Most Memorable Moments in the Rivalry

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Most Memorable Moments in the Rivalry

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to meet in Week 18 in a rivalry that is in its 26th year, with the winner having a shot to make the playoffs if a few other games break their way. By league standards, it is relatively young, but it has become one of the NFL's fiercest that has produced many great games and moments. Here are the five most memorable in the series.

5. The First Meeting

Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 17

Sept. 8, 1996 — Pittsburgh

The Steelers were longtime rivals with the Cleveland Browns, and when owner Art Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore, a new rivalry was born. Pittsburgh won this meeting and six of the first eight games, but this series has become much more competitive since then.

4. Ravens Knock Steelers Out of Playoff Contention

Baltimore Ravens 28, Pittsburgh Steelers 10

Dec. 29, 2019 — Baltimore

The 13-2 Ravens had clinched home-field advantage and benched many of their starters, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, while the 8-7 Steelers needed to win to make the postseason. Not only did Baltimore finish 14-2, but the team also got to knock its archrival out of playoff contention. The Ravens rushed for 223 yards and held the Steelers to 168 yards of total offense and recovered a fumble for a touchdown for the win.

3. Big Ben Debuts

Baltimore Ravens 30, Pittsburgh Steelers 13
Sept. 19, 2004 — Baltimore

Steelers head coach Bill Cowher had planned for Tommy Maddox to be his starter for the season, but Maddox went down with an elbow sprain in week two against Baltimore. Rookie Ben Roethlisberger replaced him, and although the Ravens won this game, "Big Ben" was unbeaten through the rest of the regular seasons and went on to win two Super Bowls with the franchise.

2. Mike Tomlin Steps on the Field

Baltimore Ravens 22, Pittsburgh Steelers 20

Nove. 28, 2013 — Baltimore