Truth is…Big Ben has owned Ravens in important games

December 02, 2010 | Drew Forrester

Pittsburgh had home field in the post-season when the two faced off in the AFC title game. And we all know what happened in the game Daren Stone made famous…another Big Ben triumph.

Last season, with Pittsburgh in a MUST-WIN situation in the penultimate game of the campaign — and Baltimore needing a win to clinch a playoff spot — he once again put an “L” on the Ravens.

7-2 lifetime vs. the Ravens is impressive enough, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Isn’t Carson Palmer 9-3 vs. the Ravens in his career? Yes. What’s that done for him and the Bengals? Zero.

Roethlisberger handles the Ravens when the game really matters.

I sure as hell hope that changes Sunday night.

It’s starting to feel a little “Colts’ish” to me when the Steelers buzz in here and hop around before the game in front of 10,000 of their die-hards. I can’t stomach much of it.

And I know – like all of you reading this who will be covered in purple on Sunday night – I’ll feel like throwing up around 11:30 Sunday night if Pittsburgh walks off that field a winner.

I’m not allowed to give my official prediction on the game until Friday or Glenn goes ballistic, but if you listen to “Picks and Comment” on Friday morning, I think you’ll like what I have to say about the game…how’s that for a not-so-cryptic hint?

I don’t think Roethlisberger can come here AGAIN and win.

But history isn’t on my side, because when the game matters, Baltimore can’t beat that dude.

I realize he’s a helluva quarterback and all, but it’s indeed a quirky stat when one player dominates other players in the BIG games.

I don’t know why it happens, but it’s been happening since he showed up in 2004.

Roethlisberger owns the Ravens.

Sunday night in Baltimore, John Harbaugh, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Ed Reed have a chance to finally exorcise that “big game” demon.

The pressure is on the Ravens in this one.

They’re expected to win.

They have 71,000 fans – minus the black and gold towel wavers, however many that might be – counting on them.

There’s a lot at stake.

And in these kind of games, Roethlisberger hasn’t lost to the Ravens.

I sure hope that changes this Sunday night.

If it doesn’t, I already have a name in mind for the Roethlisberger vs. Ravens highlight video: “Fatherhood Continues”.

And that’s a FACT and a LOW BLOW.

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