Playoffs start early for Steelers and Ravens (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2016 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, in Cincinnati. The Steelers will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Dec. 25. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)

When safety Mike Mitchell arrived in Pittsburgh in 2014, it didn’t take long to get indoctrinated into his new team’s particular distaste for the Baltimore Ravens. ”I’m assuming this is what the NFL wanted,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. Considering the occasionally wayward paths Pittsburgh (9-5) and Baltimore (8-6) took to get here, they’ll take it, too.

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