The Ravens' main worry: Polamalu

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

KANSAS CITY — Get the feeling the Baltimore Ravens would like to grab Troy Polamalu by his lengthy black mane and strangle him with it?

The all-world Pittsburgh Steelers safety has been a thorn in the Ravens’ side dating back to the 2008 AFC Championship game when his late interception return for a touchdown sealed a 23-14 victory.

Last month he did it again, sacking Joe Flacco and creating a late fumble that led to the Steelers winning score in a 13-10 Steelers win in Baltimore.

Had the Ravens won that game, Saturday’s playoff grudge match between these two bitter rivals would be in Baltimore, not Pittsburgh.

Such is the ability of Troy Polamalu to be a difference maker.

“He’s special,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told QMI Agency. “The only guy in the league near him is Ed Reed and even he isn’t quite the same.

“(Polamalu) can leap over linemen and stop the run; can sack the quarterback; or play back and make a huge interception. He’s difficult to game plan for.”

If Harbaugh wants to get by the Steelers this weekend, he’s going to have to find a way.


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