The Baltimore Ravens won a playoff game for the first time since winning Super Bowl XLVII two years ago. It was their first win in four playoff meetings with the Pittsburgh Steelers, all of which have been in on the road.
The Ravens have now won five straight playoff games. Joe Flacco has 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions in those five games.
The Ravens will face the New England Patriots next week in the Divisional Playoffs, which will be the fourth meeting in the past six postseasons between the two teams. The Ravens won two of the previous three meetings.
The Ravens, a franchise that began in 1996 and first made the playoffs in 2000, now have 10 road playoff victories, tied with the Green Bay Packers for the most in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Ravens are the first team under the current playoff format (since 1990) to win three Wild Card games as a No. 6 seed.
With Le'Veon Bell out injured, Steelers running backs were limited to 46 yards on 16 rushes. Pittsburgh's backs managed 25 yards after contact, their second fewest in a game this season. Steelers running backs had the fifth-most rushing yards after contact in the league during the regular season.
Bell's ability after the catch was also missed. Bell led all running backs with 854 receiving yards this season, with 811 yards after the catch.
QBs vs. Standard Pass Rush
Roethlisberger threw an interception targeting a running back on a Ben Tate drop, and the Ravens scored on the next play. Roethlisberger had not thrown an interception targeting Bell since Week 1 of the season.
Flacco leads the way
Flacco threw both of his touchdowns when outside the pocket. He had just one passing touchdown outside the pocket during the regular season.
Flacco was held to 1-of-7 when passing under duress, but his lone completion was a touchdown to Torrey Smith to give the Ravens a 20-9 lead in the third quarter.
Flacco drew a defensive pass interference on a deep pass in the third quarter to help set up a field goal. Among quarterbacks, Flacco drew the most defensive pass interference penalties during the regular season.