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by: AnthonyP On  Friday, January 16, 2009

Baltimore RavensPittsburgh Steelers2009 AFC Championship Game Preview, January 18, 2009

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon in the AFC Championship Game.

Oddsmakers currently have the Steelers listed as 6-point favorites versus the Ravens, while the game’s total is sitting at 34.

Matt Stover booted a 43-yard field goal with just 53 seconds remaining to lift the Ravens over the Titans 13-10 last week.

The Ravens won that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 23 points fell UNDER the posted total of 34.

Derrick Mason had five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown in that win, while Joe Flacco completed 11-of-22 pass attempts for 161 yards with a touchdown.

The Steelers defeated San Diego 35-24 as a 6-point favorite last week. The combined score went OVER the posted total (37.5).

Willie Parker rushed for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 27 carries in that win, while Ben Roethlisberger passed for 181 yards with a touchdown strike to Heath Miller.

Team records:
Baltimore: 11-5 SU, 12-4 ATS
Pittsburgh: 12-4 SU, 9-7 ATS

Baltimore most recently:
When playing in January are 6-4
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the division are 5-5

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing in January are 7-3
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the division are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
Baltimore is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Baltimore is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Baltimore is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Baltimore is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Baltimore
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games when playing at home against Baltimore


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