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Monday, November 19, 2012
Ravens tie mark for division dominance

By Jamison Hensley

PITTSBURGH -- When Ravens running back Ray Rice walked off Heinz Field, he draped a Terrible Towel over his head and sang Styx's "Renegade," the song that traditionally energizes Steelers fans in the second half. In other words, the Ravens have gotten quite comfortable when it comes to winning in this division.

Sunday night's 13-10 victory over the Steelers was the Ravens' 12th straight in the AFC North, which ties the Colts for the longest division win streak since the division realignment in 2002, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Colts won 12 consecutive games in the AFC South from 2004 to 2006.

The Ravens can set a new NFL mark by winning their next AFC North game, which is Dec. 2 against the Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.

Asked about playing their division rival twice in three weeks, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said, "It’s like halftime. It’s like we won the first half and the second half is coming up.’’

The last time the Ravens lost in the AFC North was Dec. 5, 2010, when they fell to the Steelers 13-10 at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore also owns the longest current division win streak in the NFL. The Packers have won nine straight in the NFC North.