Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Flacco's Two TD Passes Help Baltimore Gain Upset Victory; Ravens 30, Steelers 17; Defense Sacks Roethlisberger Five Times as Visitors Gain Trip to New England Next Weekend; NFL PLAYOFFS

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Flacco's Two TD Passes Help Baltimore Gain Upset Victory; Ravens 30, Steelers 17; Defense Sacks Roethlisberger Five Times as Visitors Gain Trip to New England Next Weekend; NFL PLAYOFFS

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PITTSBURGH * Joe Flacco and the NFL's playoff road warriors are heading to New England with their swagger and their pass rush fully intact.

The rarely flustered Flacco tossed two second-half touchdown passes and the Baltimore Ravens dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 30- 17 on Saturday night in an AFC first-round playoff game.

Flacco hit Torrey Smith for an 11-yard score in the third quarter and found Crockett Gillmore with a 21-yard pass in the fourth, one play after Terrell Suggs intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass.

The Ravens, a 3-point underdog, won in Pittsburgh for the first time in the postseason.

Baltimore sacked Roethlisberger five times and kept the NFL's second-ranked offense off-balance. Roethlisberger passed for 334 yards, but the Steelers settled for field goals while the Ravens kept scoring touchdowns against their AFC North rival.

Baltimore heads to top-seeded New England next Saturday. The Patriots have a bye this weekend.

Two years after leading the Ravens to the franchise's second Super Bowl title with wins at Denver and New England along the way Flacco did what he always seems to do when the calendar flips to January.

Flacco's seven road playoff wins are the most by a quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

This time, he completed 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards and the two scores. That helped the Ravens gain a measure of revenge after the Steelers knocked them out of the postseason in 2008 and 2010 at Heinz Field.

Yet Flacco has come of age in the interim. …

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