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The least expected thing about the story of the 2012 Ravens

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...is just how irrelevant the Steelers are to it. Did anyone else see this coming? After all of the heartbreak we had against them and the stigma of being "owned" by the Steelers overwhelming everyone's perception of the organization, just two years later they're barely an afterthought.

2011 was our cathartic moment with them, but this year there's nothing. The SNF win just might be the most forgettable one of the year. The home loss might be memorable, but that's it. Two ugly, nondescript games without Big Ben. Instead, the Steelers were overshadowed by a good number of teams - to the point where they probably won't even be the choice for the TNF opener.
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It is remarkable how the Steelers weren't even relevant to our run, but we exercised those demons last year.
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Tomlin doesn't know how to build a team, he can hold a SB group together but it's all starting to fall apart now.

In any case who even cares? they're no longer relevant and we need a real rival team.
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[quote name='BloodRaven' timestamp='1360006606' post='1344976']
Tomlin doesn't know how to build a team, he can hold a SB group together but it's all starting to fall apart now.

In any case who even cares? they're no longer relevant and we need a real rival team.
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The Patriots might be applying for that job.
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[quote name='Moderator 3' timestamp='1360009824' post='1345064']
The Patriots might be applying for that job.
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It has that feeling doesn't it?

Obviously in the division it will always be The Steelers, but it's a conference team now.
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It appeared that the injuries hit the Steelers and the couldn't overcome them the same way we did. The ball didn't always roll their way. If we had lost Flacco for half the season we wouldn't have made the playoffs either.

AFC Conference Rivals - Broncos/Texans/Patriots

NFC Rivals - Redskins/49ers
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[quote name='The Raven' timestamp='1360006336' post='1344969']
It is remarkable how the Steelers weren't even relevant to our run, but we exercised those demons last year.
[/quote] And now they're in terrific shape! (It's "exorcised".)

I think part of the reason we weren't so concerned with them was that we only played them in the month of November, and before then they lost a few to some bad teams. We were never really concerned with them winning the division.
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I know how they felt when they said that they felt there wasn't a rivalry. When you kick their [profanity deleted] time and time again or they aren't even making it to the playoffs, it tends to lose its competitiveness.
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[quote name='dhstandard' timestamp='1360015224' post='1345231']
I know how they felt when they said that they felt there wasn't a rivalry. When you kick their [profanity deleted] time and time again or they aren't even making it to the playoffs, it tends to lose its competitiveness.
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Perhaps the rivalry has changed! I agree with this sentiment. But the Steelers were weak this year. It was predicted to be such. However, with that said, even in a weak year they posed a danger. When they lost Ben, however, things dramatically changed. We'll see what happens this year, but I see a lot of overhaul coming. It's not just the Steelers but the entire NFL. I see many players getting cut--big names.
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[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]The Steelers not making the post-season did not surprise... nor did it surprise me that Cincy made it in. I actually had Cincy and B'more back at the end of LAST YEAR making it to the post-season this year.[/i][/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]The one thing that I least expected... if you had told me we would have to face Manning & Brady back-to-back in their own backyards and we'd win the Super Bowl... I wouldn't have laughed in your face, but I would've grimaced a bit thinking about it.[/i][/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]What an amazing story this years playoff run truly was. "Legendary" comes to mind.[/i][/font]
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In the recent years we have created a wake of team's fanbases that have a grudge against us. The Titans, Texans, Pats (now that we are actually coming out on top), the Broncos, the Texans (from last years playoffs), and even the Chiefs.
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[quote name='PuRock' timestamp='1360024847' post='1345501']
In the recent years we have created a wake of team's fanbases that have a grudge against us. The Titans, Texans, Pats (now that we are actually coming out on top), the Broncos, the Texans (from last years playoffs), and even the Chiefs.
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What did we do to the Chiefs? The playoff game? Lol
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Sorry, still don't like 'em.
If for no other reason, their fans are so obnoxious.
On the Dan Patrick show today, they do a best/worst of the weekend, and of course some guy said his best = Penguins win and worst = Ravens win.
What a mean thing to say, I guess he was just jealous of our awesome Ravens...

Love my team! Proud to be a Raven fan from the BIG B!!
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Yea. The Ravens are making a name for themselves and many teams are starting to feel a certain way towards us. STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT. SUPER BOWL CHAMPS! When Harbaugh came he said he wanted to build something in the mold of the Patriots. They now have as many SB appearances as them, with a ring and more conference appearances since Harbaugh took over. He did it, consistently making playoffs, winning each year and keeping the core of the team intact, while reloading with young talent. All those playoff numbers finally mean something, especially those last 4 wins.
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[quote name='redrum52' timestamp='1360026818' post='1345560']
Yea. The Ravens are making a name for themselves and many teams are starting to feel a certain way towards us. STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT. SUPER BOWL CHAMPS! When Harbaugh came he said he wanted to build something in the mold of the Patriots. They now have as many SB appearances as them, with a ring and more conference appearances since Harbaugh took over. He did it, consistently making playoffs, winning each year and keeping the core of the team intact, while reloading with young talent. All those playoff numbers finally mean something, especially those last 4 wins.
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For a minute there, you really confused me. I'd re-word that as "Since Harbaugh took over, the Ravens have had as many SB appearances as the Patriots, with more AFCCGs & rings."

Lol, but it's all good.
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[quote name='GrimCoconut' timestamp='1360026169' post='1345542']
What did we do to the Chiefs? The playoff game? Lol
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They haven't won a playoff game since 1993. That last loss to us is still ringing in their ears and probably will be for a while. Plus we also thrashed them a few years back in the opening and eked by them last year. Its sad, I know.
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when the steelers came on the air a few times on NFL network....... and a few players said bluntly....' joe flacco will NEVER win a superbowl....why? cuz he has to beat us... and I don't see that ever happening'................ really really pathetic statement and ignorant . well guess what...... we did.
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[quote name='Raven07' timestamp='1360028030' post='1345610']
when the steelers came on the air a few times on NFL network....... and a few players said bluntly....' joe flacco will NEVER win a superbowl....why? cuz he has to beat us... and I don't see that ever happening'................ really really pathetic statement and ignorant . well guess what...... we did.
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As great as that was for "bulletin board material," if it were any other team, I wouldn't have cared. It was like the original Joe Flacco "elite" statement. What did you expect him to say? "Yeah, I bet they'll be better than us one day."
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LOL. ....Chiefs.

Was talking about it today.
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[quote name='PuRock' timestamp='1360024847' post='1345501']
In the recent years we have created a wake of team's fanbases that have a grudge against us. The Titans, Texans, Pats (now that we are actually coming out on top), the Broncos, the Texans (from last years playoffs), and even the Chiefs.
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If we win another championship, we become what we've hated most: a dynasty.

We'll become one of the most hated teams just by virtue of our success.

Y'know, I've always liked playing the heel; proper villains have more fun anyway. :)
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This is a good point, but they did lose their QB for awhile and he always gives us trouble. They always play us tough and they always will, it's the best rivalry in football. Now it is our turn to be the AFC North bully for a couple years.
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Last year I had big bets with my Steelers friends that we'd sweep them. I didn't make any of those bets this year for fear it jinxed us. It does surprise me a bit that the Steelers weren't part of the playoff equation this year. I was rooting for them to beat Denver last year just so we'd see them in the AFC Championship. This year I just felt sorry for them. They really need to regroup and draft some young players.

The only disappointing thing about our loss at home to them this year was it was part of our 3 game losing streak. December was a horrible month for. Every Sunday I'd bundle up and trek off to M&T just to have my heart broken. I didn't think we'd make it past our first Playoff game.

Bengals will be the team to watch next year. I have been hoping for a while that Marvin Lewis gets into some championships.
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