And so it begins.

While a lot of the talk in the locker room Sunday after the win was about the Chargers, there sure was quite a bit of talk about the AFC Title game vs the Ravens on Sunday.  The Steelers know the mind games that the Ravens will try to draw them into with their mouths, and they are ready for them and for the Ravens tactics.

“There are no secrets for both of us,” OL Willie Colon said. “They know what we’re going to do; we know what they’re going to do. When we’re playing each other now, it’s just pretty much rolling the ball out and getting after each other.”

There will not be any secrets when the two teams play, and that is going to be one aspect that is a lot of fun.  One thing I would be willing to bet is that defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will come up with some interesting looks for rookie Joe Flacco, who to me hasn’t been all that great in the Ravens two playoff wins.

“We’re excited. We got a tough, tough, tough game coming in. They know us. We know them. It’s going to be a big challenge. But we’re one step away. We’re happy to be at home,” said defensive end Brett Keisel. “Both teams know what’s at stake. Both teams like to run the ball and play tough, hard-nosed defense. It’s going to be a very physical game.”

The Ravens injury report is going to be extensive, as they were beat up vs the Titans on Saturday, while the Steelers seemed to come out of the Chargers game as close to 100 percent as any team still playing in the postseason.  “There’s a big, black, ugly bird standing between us and Tampa,” said offensive tackle Max Starks. “It’s the only obstacle in our way before we can go.”

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