Knockout blow

Steelers are sacked into submission

Ravens streak to 9-2

Ravens Gameday

Ravens 27 Steelers 0

November 27, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY

How the game was won

The Ravens all but ended the Pittsburgh Steelers' chances of repeating as Super Bowl champions by smothering quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Relentless pressure led to a team record-tying nine sacks, including a violent hit by Bart Scott late in the second quarter. In total, seven players recorded sacks.

Offensive burst

The Ravens scored two touchdowns on their first four possessions in two different manners. On their opening series, quarterback Steve McNair went 4-for-4 for 51 yards and hit tight end Todd Heap for a 20-yard touchdown. Then, in the second quarter, running back Jamal Lewis bullied his way on a drive that ended with a 1-yard score.

Super shutout

The Ravens registered their second shutout of the season, the first time they have recorded multiple shutouts in a season since their 2000 Super Bowl campaign. The Steelers managed 172 yards of total offense and never got closer than the Ravens' 10-yard line.

Offensive defense

Linebacker Adalius Thomas returned a fumble by Roethlisberger 57 yards for a touchdown, the fifth score by the Ravens' defense this season.

Rivalry rout

The 27-point win was the largest margin of victory for the Ravens in their 22-game series with the Steelers.

Division watch

By winning for the fifth straight time - their longest streak since 2000 - the Ravens (9-2) kept their three-game lead over Cincinnati (6-5).

They said it

"You're not only sending a message for the next time you play them; you're sending a message to the next team you play. We just sent a message that we're here now."

- Terrell Suggs on the shutout.

Coming attraction

The Ravens can clinch their first division title since 2003 with a win Thursday vs. the Bengals, who shut out Cleveland, 30-0, yesterday.

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