Ravens build on resilience to allege to local round

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PITTSBURGH –There is something special about Baltimore Ravens manager John Harbaugh’s group that has built a fountainhead of resilience.

So notwithstanding their 0-2 postseason record opposite a Pittsburgh Steelers given Harbaugh became manager and Joe Flacco their quarterback in 2008, these Ravens (11-6) are armed and dangerous, steeled to rebound a third-seed Pittsburgh Steelers with Saturday night’s 30-17 AFC wild-card demolition.

They’ve been by so most already from a Ray Rice domestic abuse tale and a using back’s successive recover to a detriment of parsimonious finish Dennis Pitta to a intensity career-ending hip injury.

“We played a best football diversion of a year right here,” Harbaugh pronounced after he was accompanied on a Heinz Field sideline by his hermit Jim Harbaugh, Michigan’s new coach. “Our guys mount on a rock-solid substructure of character.”

After all they’ve endured, these Ravens have grown closer. And worse as they showed with their go-for-the-jugular aggressive mindset opposite a one-dimensional Steelers offense that sorely missed star tailback Le’Veon Bell.

“It starts during a tip so we’ve left by all forms of adversity on and off a margin so we’re arrange of built mentally built for this kind of situation,” linebacker Elvis Dumervil said. “We’re prepared to hoop a lot of things.”

Next up: Tom Brady and a tip seed New England Patriots Saturday during Gillette Stadium.

It competence not be such a tough plea deliberation how Flacco becomes a opposite playmaker once a playoffs begin.

By throwing for dual touchdowns and 259 yards, Flacco ran his record to 10-4 in a postseason including 5-0 with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions given he went on that 2012 playoff uproar that culminated in his preference as Super Bowl XLVII MVP.

“Joe Flacco, what can we say?” Harbaugh asked. “I consider he had a ideal third entertain rating. That’s playoff football. That’s Joe Flacco. He’s a best quarterback in football.

“We’ll take him any day of a week and twice on Sunday – or Saturday night, whichever be a case.”

Flacco flashed a league’s best deep-ball arm when he strike a leaping Steve Smith, Sr. down a right sideline early in a third entertain when an disproportionate Ravens offense seemed to ignite. Five plays later, Flacco did what Ben Roethlisberger does so well, rolling left to extend a play until he found Torrey Smith in a behind dilemma of a finish section for a 20-9 Ravens lead.

The 11-6 Steelers managed only 68 yards rushing on 19 carries permitting Baltimore’s invulnerability to pouch Roethlisberger 5 times and prevent him twice.

“We had to remonstrate them to get out of their run diversion but 26,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said, referencing Bell’s jersey number. “He’s a illusory actor and him not personification really worked to a benefit. I’m only going to be honest, had they had him that is a whole other arms between him and (receiver Antonio Brown) and a other players they have.

“It always advantages a invulnerability when they don’t have an bomb player.”

Even as a sixth seed, these Ravens are armed and dangerous. History has adequate examples of sixth seeds throwing glow and going on a run to win a Super Bowl. Witness a 2010 Green Bay Packers and 2005 Steelers.

And a Ravens have trafficked a prolonged highway before only dual years ago as a fourth seed.

The Ravens kick a Patriots 28-13 in a 2013 AFC pretension diversion en track to their Super Bowl XLVII title.

There’s a combined proclivity of being an astonishing loser that could pile-up an AFC Championship pretension diversion that was done in network sky with an expected rematch between Brady and Denver’s Peyton Manning.

“We all know a matchup a NFL wants to see for a TV sponsors,” Suggs said. “Let’s see if we can interrupt some people’s plans.”


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