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History suggests Steelers will prevail

Beating a team three times in one season is a daunting task, but there's a lot working in the Steelers' favor when they collide with the Ravens in the AFC title game, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: January 15, 2009
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Beating a team three times in a season is difficult, but it's not impossible.

The Steelers know that the challenge of beating the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game is daunting. Pittsburgh's two regular-season victories over Baltimore were decided by a total of only seven points. The game figures to be physical, but history favors the Steelers' winning.

This is the fifth time a team will face a divisional rival in the championship round after ...

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