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By Edward Lee | November 5, 2011
Heinz Field in Pittsburgh is generally regarded throughout the NFL as having one of the worst surface conditions on which to play. Sam Koch has a different perspective. The clumps of grass and patches of dirt at Heinz Field are prime targets that the Ravens punter aims for when he's trying to land punts inside the Steelers' 20-yard line. In his career, Koch has dropped 14 punts inside the 20 at Heinz Field - more than any other opposing stadium he has visited. “That ground is typically a little softer,” Koch said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | April 23, 2014
It won't take very long into the 2014 season for the Ravens to see where they stand in the AFC North. The NFL released the regular-season schedule Wednesday and it will begin for the Ravens with three divisional games, including two in a five-day span. The Ravens will open up the 2014 campaign with back-to-back home games against the reigning AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 7 and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11. They'll finish that divisional stretch with a road game against the Cleveland Browns on Sept.
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By Mike Preston | November 19, 2012
Uh, oh, several of the Ravens were heard singing the song "Renegade" by Styx on their way back to the locker room. It's a very popular song that is often played at Heinz Field and several of the Ravens were reportedly wearing the "Terrible Towel" around their heads. It was certainly noticed by some members of the Pittsburgh media, and you can assume it will be talked about until the Ravens play the Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium in two weeks.  The rivalry continues.  
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By Aaron Wilson The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2013
Ravens running back Ray Rice shook his head for a moment while reflecting on one of the most frustrating aspects of this difficult season. No one in the NFL has been involved in as many close games as the Ravens this season, and the results haven't been favorable for the 5-6 team. The Ravens are 2-4 in games decided by three points or fewer. A year ago, it was a different story as the Ravens finished 5-3 in three-point games during the regular season on their way to winning the Super Bowl.
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By From Sun news services | March 29, 2010
Pittsburgh is making a strong push to host the NHL's Winter Classic on Jan. 1, matching the league's signature stars in the Penguins' Sidney Crosby and the Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin at Heinz Field. A person with knowledge of the discussions told the Associated Press on Sunday that Pittsburgh is in a strong position to be chosen as the host. The league does not reveal the Winter Classic site until after the playoffs, and Penguins officials declined to comment Sunday, but city officials are pushing hard for the game and the Steelers are amenable to playing it at Heinz Field.
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By Peter Schmuck | December 26, 2009
S ince this is my final "News Item" column of 2009, I'm going to change the format just a bit and take a look back at the top news items of the past year. Hope you don't mind. News item: The Ravens, featuring a rookie quarterback and a rookie head coach, went all the way to the AFC championship game last January before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. My take: They've got a chance to make another big wild-card playoff run, but - as luck and the schedule makers would have it - the Steelers stand as their biggest remaining obstacle at Heinz Field on Sunday.
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By Edward Lee | November 17, 2012
Eighteen NFL stadiums still feature natural grass, and one of those stadiums is Heinz Field, the site of Sunday night's showdown between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. With a projected low of 35 degrees Sunday night, punter Sam Koch is hopeful that the above-freezing temperatures will keep the grass inside Heinz Field soft enough to kill punts inside the 20. “When you watched [Monday] night with Kansas City, some of their punts when they hit the ground, they landed soft,” Koch said.
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By Edward Lee | November 8, 2011
Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff became part of an elite group of kickers when he booted a 51-yard field goal with no time remaining in the second quarter of the team's eventual 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cundiff joined former Steeler Jeff Reed and former San Francisco 49er Joe Nedney as the only players to have kicked field goals over 50 yards at Heinz Field, according to research compiled by Dan Worthington of The Newark Star-Ledger. Reed, who has kicked two field goals of at least 50 yards, owns the longest field goal made at Heinz Field, a 52-yarder against the Atlanta Falcon on Sept.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | December 22, 2006
Home-field advantage has taken on a literal meaning for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 65,050-seat Heinz Field in Pittsburgh is home to not only the Steelers, but also one of the worst playing surfaces in the NFL. The turf there is called DD GrassMaster, a mixture of Kentucky bluegrass and polypropylene fibers that are sewn vertically into the sod. The grass, however, is nonexistent between the hash marks and through the entire length of the field and...
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By JAMISON HENSLEY | January 23, 2005
When the Steelers have the ball With rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger coming off one of his worst games, the Steelers will rely on veteran running back Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley. The Steelers know they can run on New England, gaining 221 yards in the regular-season meeting. Since the loss in Pittsburgh, the Patriots have allowed teams to rush for more than 81 yards only twice in 10 games. But New England could be susceptible without Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury and is considered questionable.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
When the Ravens made the trip to Heinz Field five weeks ago, they were presented with an opportunity to all but bury the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers were 1-4 at the time and winless at home. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was under siege, Pittsburgh had no running game to speak of and its defense wasn't getting pressure or creating turnovers. A 19-16 victory over the Ravens back on Oct. 20 wasn't necessarily a cure-all to the Steelers' problems but as the teams get set to renew acquaintances Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium, the circumstances surrounding the game have changed significantly.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
The first time the Ravens' defense squared off with Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell, he manufactured his most productive NFL game. The Ravens say they've learned a lot about how to defend Bell after surrendering 93 yards on 19 carries to the 6-foot-1, 244-pound second-round draft pick during a 19-16 loss to the Steelers on Oct. 20 at Heinz Field. Heading into Thursday night's rematch at M&T Bank Stadium, Bell is a focal point for the Ravens, who have the NFL's 11th-ranked run defense.
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By Matt Vensel | November 13, 2013
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker doesn't miss very often, regardless of his surroundings. He has made 16 straight field goals, one of the longest active streaks in the NFL, and he has made 48 of his 53 career field-goal attempts in the regular season. His 46-yard field goal at M&T Bank Stadium last Sunday was the fifth game-winner of his career. He has missed just three kicks on his home turf in two seasons. But as good as he has been kicking on synthetic surfaces, he has been even better on grass.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Shifting his eyes downfield as he dropped back to pass, Joe Flacco finally got the look he had been waiting for. Flacco had spent much of the first half of Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers settling for shorter throws in front of the safeties. But on the first drive of the third quarter, Flacco planted his feet and uncorked a throw from his 45-yard line into the end zone. Jacoby Jones had turned Steelers cornerback William Gay around on a deep post route and used his long strides to create a cushion.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
Starting weak-side linebacker Josh Bynes said he's recovering well from surgery to clean out his infected finger, and expects to return following the bye and be ready for the Ravens' game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 3. Bynes was sidelined for the Ravens' 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field. “I'll be back for the Cleveland game, I'm just letting it heal up as fast as possible,” Bynes said. “I'll be all right. If I'm not practicing next week, I'll definitely play in the game.” Bynes reiterated that he doesn't have a staph infection.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2013
A day after Terrell Suggs, Ravens coach John Harbaugh's most vocal leader and one of his top players, declared that the Ravens were in a "state of emergency," Harbaugh painted a little more optimistic picture of his struggling team. However, Harbaugh did reveal the sense of urgency that has now enveloped the Ravens as they near the midpoint of the season. "We'll do whatever it takes," Harbaugh said. "We'll trade guys, we'll cut guys, we'll sign guys, we'll coach guys, we'll change schemes.
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January 16, 2009
Baltimore is not New York. It is not Boston or Charlotte or San Diego either. This is not a shortcoming, it is a point of civic pride. While football teams from those cities were expected to go deep in the National Football League playoffs, it is Baltimore's Ravens, not the Giants, Patriots, Panthers or Chargers, playing this Sunday for a trip to the Super Bowl. What's our name? How perfect that the Ravens have been inspired by a defiant Muhammad Ali's quest for respect four decades ago from an opponent who would refer to him only as Cassius Clay.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
The Ravens were unable to significantly revitalize their dormant running game Sunday despite making adjustments to their blocking schemes and running back Ray Rice appearing healthier and more explosive. The Ravens had vowed to tweak their blocking approach, going back to a more basic, aggressive plan of attack. Days prior to the Ravens' 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field, Rice declared the running game would be upgraded. Although there were incremental signs of progress, the results weren't markedly different as the Ravens rushed for just 82 yards on 26 carries with an average of 3.2 yards per run. Rice rushed for 45 yards on 15 carries, but still struck an upbeat stance about the state of the offense afterward in the locker room.
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
Terrell Suggs didn't want to hear about how the Ravens were still right in the thick of the AFC North race or about how they still had nine games remaining and a bye week to make much-needed corrections. After watching the defense he leads let Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drive down the field in the final two minutes and set up Shaun Suisham's 42-yard field goal as time expired, Suggs wasn't in the mood to mince words. He used the words “sick” and “disgusting” to describe Sunday's 19-16 loss the Steelers before an announced 62,295 at Heinz Field and he acknowledged that he's very concerned with what has become of the Ravens' 2013 season.
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