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Ravens take over No. 2 AFC seed with rout, Colts' loss

Ravens Report

Ravens 31 Steelers 7

Gameday

December 25, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY

COMPLETE GAME STORY, PG 4D

How the game was won

A week after injuring his throwing hand, quarterback Steve McNair passed for three touchdowns, throwing for scores of 35, 1 and 25 yards. He finished 21 of 31 for 256 yards.

Steel-tough defense

The Ravens allowed Pittsburgh into their territory three times and forced three turnovers. Figuring in their shutout of the Steelers last month, the Ravens didn't allow a point on 24 of 25 drives by Pittsburgh this season.

Road warriors

The Ravens finished the regular season with a 6-2 road record, matching their best mark away from home. The last time they won that many on the road was the 2000 Super Bowl season.

Catching on

Receiver Mark Clayton led the Ravens with seven catches for 108 yards. Of his four 100-yard performances this season, three have come on the road.

Playoff positioning

The Ravens improved to the No. 2 seed in the AFC by virtue of the Indianapolis Colts' loss on a game-ending field goal in Houston. If the Ravens beat the Buffalo Bills in the season finale, they will have a first-round bye and host a second-round game in the playoffs.

They said it

"This puts us in a position to get things that we've been coveting. The way they answered the bell is something to be proud of." - Coach Brian Billick on how the Ravens' win enabled them to move into the AFC's No. 2 seed.

Coming attraction

The Ravens (12-3) are looking to set the team record for wins in a season when they face the Bills. Buffalo (7-8) was eliminated from the playoff chase after losing at home yesterday to the Tennessee Titans.

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