7. “The Hair” (December 5, 2010 Steelers 13, Ravens 10)
Troy Polamalu’s strip of Joe Flacco was a clear game changer. Ravens LB Terrell Suggs said after the SNF showdown “when I saw the hair I knew he was coming.” The loss was crushing for the Ravens, as a win would have given them a sweep of their rivals and a fairly easy road to the division title. It didn’t happen, and the teams’ playoff rubber match happened in Western Pennsylvania instead of Charm City. More on that later.
Had Polamalu never burst threw the Ravens’ O-Line, we would probably remember this game instead as “The Nose” thanks to Ravens DL Haloti Ngata…
6. Opening Weekend blowout (September 11, 2001 Ravens 35, Steelers 7)
After having their season end at the hands of the Steelers 8 months earlier, the Ravens wanted payback. An early touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin, seven forced turnovers and much Ben Roethlisberger frustration later the Ravens had a four touchdown asskicking of the Steelers that they could enjoy for…well…nearly two months before preparing for their rivals again.
5. Flacco to Houshmandzadeh (October 3, 2010 Ravens 17, Steelers 14)
Joe Flacco didn’t find WR TJ Houshmandzadeh many times during the course of their 2010 season together, but their hookup late in the 4th quarter gave Flacco his first career win at Heinz Field. The game was of course marked by the fact that Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for the contest and the Steelers were forced to instead play backup Charlie Batch. He’s not quite as good as Big Ben if you weren’t aware.
4. “The (Hot Sauce) Hit” (November 26, 2006 Ravens 27, Steelers 0)
His sack of Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t the only play Ravens LB Bart Scott made before departing with Rex Ryan for the New York Jets, but it is absolutely the play that means he’ll never have to buy another meal inside Charm City limits. It was a brutal hit in a blowout victory that momentarily forced Ravens fans’ favorite enemy out of the game. Unfortunately 2006 feels like a long time ago and this is the last memory on the list that will make Ravens fans smile.