Ravens know well the sort of rout reversal the Steelers will be after

From ESPN - January 12, 2018

In what has to be a rare occurrence, the Pittsburgh Steelers should want to be like the Baltimore Ravens -- at least, the 2014 version of their biggest rivals.

The Steelers are looking to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in Sunday's divisional round after losing to the AFC South champions 30-9 in Week 5. Since 2012, there have been 13 teams that faced an opponent in the playoffs that they'd lost to by 20 or more points in the regular season. Those teams went 1-12 in the postseason rematch, according to the NFL.

The only team to avenge this level of regular-season rout was the 2014 Ravens. They upset Pittsburgh 30-17 in a wild-card game at Heinz Field, nine weeks after the Ravens were blown out by the Steelers 43-23 on that same field.

"This is a very special victory for us, not just because it's a playoff win," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after that victory on Jan. 3, 2015. "But because of who it comes against, which is our most respected rival."

Whether it was 2014 with the Ravens or this season with the Jaguars, the biggest storyline is Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.


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