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Divisional Playoffs

First Look

January 14, 2002

Baltimore (10-6, 1-0)

at Pittsburgh (13-3, 0-0)

Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Channel 2


How they got here: Baltimore beat Miami, 20-3, in a wild-card game. Pittsburgh received a bye for winning the AFC Central.

2001 meetings: Split the season series. Pittsburgh lost at home to Baltimore, 13-10, on Nov. 4, then won at Baltimore, 26-21, on Dec. 16.

2001 common opponents: Pittsburgh went 7-3 against the other teams in the AFC Central, Baltimore went 6-4. Pittsburgh beat Tampa Bay, 17-10; Baltimore lost to Tampa Bay, 22-10. Pittsburgh beat Minnesota, 21-16; Baltimore beat Minnesota, 19-3.

About Baltimore: The Ravens looked like last year's Super Bowl champions in their dominating victory over Miami on Sunday. The Ravens had no problem stopping the Dolphins' inept ground game and made Jay Fielder look like Spergon Wynn on several plays.

About Pittsburgh: The Steelers will have Jerome Bettis back for the playoffs. He sat out the last seven games of the season with hip and groin injuries but should be 100%. He is a key part of the NFL's third-ranked offense. "I think it's an offense that we haven't seen around here in a long time. At no time since I've been here have we had all the components that are there," Bettis said Sunday.

Houston Mitchell

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