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NOTEBOOK From Heinz Field



Published: Mon, January 21, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Short yardage: Baltimore's offensive woes were evident in the final numbers: The Ravens rushed for just 22 yards and Elvis Grbac completed less than half of his pass attempts. Of Grbac's 18 completions, just two went for more than 10 yards.

In the booth: Dick Creed of Struthers was the replay official for Sunday's game. He was called on twice: The Steelers disputed Chris McAlister's interception in the first quarter and an incomplete pass from Grbac to Brandon Stokley in the end zone late in the first half.

No more Plexiglass: Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress caught five passes for 84 yards and a TD. In three games against the Ravens this season, Burress caught 17 passes for 304 yards and three TDs.

Inside the numbers: Baltimore's 22 rushing yards was the second-fewest allowed in Steelers playoff history. They allowed 17 to the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. The 150 total yards Pittsburgh allowed was the fewest since Dec. 29, 1996 against the Indianapolis Colts, who had 146 yards in an AFC wild card game.

Lineup changes: Steelers running back and West Middlesex native R.J. Bowers was deactivated for Sunday's game, a move that proved to be a dicey proposition when Jerome Bettis couldn't play. Pittsburgh also deactivated cornerback Hank Poteat, center Chukky Okobi, offensive linemen Keydrick Vincent and Mathias Nkwenti, defensive end Chris Combs and linebacker Justin Kurpeikis. Tee Martin was the third quarterback. The Ravens deactivated fullback Alan Ricard, center Casey Rabach, offensive guard Jason Thomas, wide receivers Keyon Hambrick and Patrick Johnson, tight end Jonathon Burrough and defensive end Marques Douglas. Chris Redman was the third quarterback.

-- Vindicator staff report




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