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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Ravens 20, Steelers 17 (OT)

By James Walker

BALTIMORE -- It didn't matter who the starting quarterback was.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens staged another classic in what's fast becoming one of the NFL's best rivalries. The Ravens narrowly prevailed in a physical 20-17 overtime victory over the Steelers in a big game for both teams.

Baltimore withstood Pittsburgh's best shot with a former third-string quarterback in Dennis Dixon, who played well but threw a crucial interception in overtime to set up Baltimore's game-winning field goal. Starter Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) and backup Charlie Batch (wrist) were sidelined Sunday night.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Ravens in this series but currently has Baltimore (6-5) and Pittsburgh (6-5) on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason. The Denver Broncos (7-4) and Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5) would be the two AFC wild-card teams if the season ended today.

Expect both the Ravens and Steelers to be banged up after this brutal overtime battle. It will be interesting to see if either team has enough left in the tank to make a strong playoff push in December. Pittsburgh will host the Oakland Raiders next week and Baltimore will travel to play the Green Bay Packers.