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Steelers 27, Ravens 10

January 21, 2002|By Jamison Hensley

Thumbs up: Ravens' defensive tackles. Tony Siragusa, Sam Adams, Larry Webster, Lional Dalton and Kelly Gregg dominated inside and took turns in beating the Steelers' guards. They forced Pittsburgh to run exclusively to the outside.

Thumbs down: Ravens' offense. It was a total breakdown across the board. The team couldn't run, block, catch or pass. The Ravens finished with a season-worst 150 yards of total offense.

Key stat: 117:21. Time of possession by the Steelers out of a possible 180 minutes played against the Ravens this season.

Quotable: "Right now, losing hurts worse than winning those three Super Bowls feels good."

-- Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe

"Like I said from the be- ginning, when I got here, the only mind-set is to win the championship, win the Super Bowl. And if you come up short, you are a failure."

-- Ravens quarterback Elvis Grbac

"We deserve what we got. It's not going to feel the same way for a long time. We're going to have that sour taste in our mouth."

-- Ravens guard Edwin Mulitalo

"They talked about the last two games. This isn't Minnesota. This isn't Miami. We had a pretty good idea we could shut down their run game."

-- Steelers coach Bill Cowher

"That was our most dominating performance, by far. They kept talking about how they had their swagger back. Well, I didn't see any swagger. All that talking they did, and now what do they look like?"

-- Steelers linebacker Joey Porter

Trainer's room: No major injuries were reported by the Ravens.

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