1:00 PM ET, November 26, 2006
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
These two defenses blitz an awful lot and Sunday was no different. The Steelers were both confused and physically overmatched in their pass protection. Ben Roethlisberger (above) paid the price as Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan used multiple pressures, overload blitzes and dogs that repeatedly resulted in an unblocked man coming free.
On the other side of the ball, while the Steelers blitzed Steve McNair often, their cornerbacks didn't hold up well and Baltimore's protection was outstanding. This was a physically dominating performance by Baltimore.
The Steelers suffered their second shutout of the season, a 27-0 loss to the Ravens that equaled the third-largest shutout victory recorded over a defending champion in modern NFL history (that is, since 1933). Only two other defending champions lost two shutouts in a season during that time: the 1981 Raiders (3) and the 1964 Bears (2).
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Ravens LB Dan Cody left in the first quarter with a knee strain. ... Pittsburgh SS Troy Polamalu also hurt his knee. In his postgame news conference, Cowher called the injury a "significant" knee injury... Baltimore had nine sacks vs Philadelphia in 1997.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||2.8||4.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-1||1-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|TD||10:26||Todd Heap, 20 yd pass from Steve McNair (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 56 yds, 3:06
|TD||4:25||Jamal Lewis, 1 yd run (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yds, 4:43
|FG||0:13||Matt Stover 37 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 56 yds, 2:40
|TD||4:58||Adalius Thomas, 57 yd fumble return (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 41 yds, 3:53
|FG||4:20||Matt Stover 40 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 2:09