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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens will clash with the AFC North lead on the line Sunday night.
Both teams enter the game with 8-3 records. However, with Baltimore’s 17-14 win in Week 4, they currently hold the tiebreaker over the Steelers.
As NFL teams head into their final push for the playoffs, the Steelers are looking to move up from the sixth and final AFC playoff spot.
There is a small cushion between Pittsburgh and a pack of three 6-5 teams (San Diego, Indianapolis and Miami), but the Steelers would much rather have the advantage of playing at Heinz Field.
The New England Patriots and New York Jets are also meeting with the AFC East lead on the line. Both teams are 9-2, but the Jets hold the tiebreaker over the Patriots.
For Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger suffered a sprained foot in Sunday’s 19-16 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills. He was limited in practice early in the week and was wearing a walking boot.
The Steelers hold a 17-12 advantage over the Ravens in the all-time series.
Quarterback Joe Flacco continues to impress in his young career. So far this season, Flacco has thrown for 2,722 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Ray Rice leads the rushing attack with 815 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also got 392 yards receiving.
Anquan Boldin remains the team’s top receiver in yards (652), receptions (51) and touchdowns (six).
For Pittsburgh, Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 151 yards against the Bills. It was only the third time he’d rushed for more than 100 yards this season and the first time since he gained 143 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.
Mike Wallace leads the team in receiving yards (792) and touchdowns (eight). Despite only having three catches for 33 yards in the win over the Bills, Wallace is still averaging 22 yards per reception.
Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 8:20 p.m.