‘Game Of The Year’ Up Next

The Ravens will savor their win over the Buccaneers, but thoughts quickly turned to Pittsburgh.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Ryan Mink, Week 13 vs Steelers

The Ravens said the 24-hour rule on celebrating wins still applies after Sunday’s 17-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But they’re more than aware of what lies ahead. It’s officially Steelers week.

“It’s a game that’s bridged us into December,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said of Sunday’s victory. “It gives us an opportunity to accomplish some things.

“Now, we’re playing the biggest game of the year.”

Both AFC North foes will enter with 8-3 records. If the Ravens win, they would essentially own a two-game lead in the standings as they would have the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh if the two teams finished the regular season with the same record.

“It’s all set up to be a big game,” running back Ray Rice said. “There’s no excuses. They have Ben Roethlisberger. It’s going to be a big game. We wanted to take care of business and get to this game.”

Here’s what the other Ravens players had to say about the upcoming matchup. Obviously, there will be much more throughout the week.

TE Todd Heap: “We know that when the Ravens play the Steelers in December, it usually has a lot of meaning and this game coming up definitely does, so it’ll be a statement game for us.”

LB Ray Lewis: “I’ve been around so long, I’m telling you, it’s a beautiful thing to be sitting here right now and be playing for the division next week, at home. The season just doesn’t get any better than that.”

LB Terrell Suggs: “The Steelers are coming in. It’s Pittsburgh, if we had to play the game right now, we could play it. They’re our division rivals. Our teams are similar, and we just don’t like them, but we respect them. It’s going to be championship football.”

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