AFC North: Super Bowl XVL

Tuesday evening provided some news for a pair of big names in the AFC North.

Starting with the Baltimore Ravens, the team placed the franchise tag on Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata. He was due to become one of the top free agents this offseason.

Teams have until Feb. 24 to place the tag on franchise players.

"The tender allows us to secure Haloti as a Raven right now," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "As we have said, our intention is to enter into a long-term contract with him. We want him to be a Raven."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also reports that longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau expects to sign for another year with the Steelers. For the past few seasons LeBeau, 73, has been coaching on a year-to-year basis and told the paper he will return in 2011.

Pittsburgh represented the AFC in the Super Bowl XLV but fell just short in a 31-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Will Steelers suffer runner-up curse?

February, 10, 2011
History has proven the emotion of losing a Super Bowl is one of the toughest things to overcome in the NFL. It takes so much work, dedication and things to go your way just to get to the big game. So to fall short is difficult to overcome for most franchises.

Now that Super Bowl XLV is in the books, it's time to ask a key question: Will the Pittsburgh Steelers fall victim to the runner-up curse in 2011?

Over the past decade, seven of the last 10 teams to lose in Super Bowls have failed even to make the playoffs the following year. Of the three teams that made the postseason, no team returned to the title game.

Pittsburgh, one of the NFL's most consistent franchises, believes it has the talent and veteran leadership to compete for another championship next season. But the Steelers will have to overcome a lot of negative history.

Here is a look at previous Super Bowl runner-ups: