Ravens running back Ray Rice was bottled up by the Steelers' stingy defense in the first meeting, held to 40 yards on 20 carries. He broke out against a good San Diego Chargers front seven with 97 yards on 22 carries, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Now, the Steelers get back strong safety Troy Polamalu, one of the best run-support safeties in the game and a superb tackler. Polamalu should make a difference for the Steelers as he returns to the lineup from a calf injury. He's a quick-striking, instinctive hitter, who's extremely aggressive in crowding the line of scrimmage, and an excellent blitzer. Rice has run well in the past against Pittsburgh with 471 yards and two touchdowns in eight career games. Rice has two 100-yard games against Pittsburgh since 2009, including a 141 yards on Dec. 27, 2009 and 107 yards on Sept. 11, 2011. Rice is coming off an exciting game where he turned in a determined fourth-and-29 clutch conversion in the fourth quarter to set up the game-tying field goal.
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