Morning take: AFC title edition

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

With the center of the football universe focused on the two conference title games, here are the most interesting stories on the AFC side with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers:

Morning take: In fact, both sides wanted this matchup. These are not the type of teams that enjoy leaving its business unfinished.

Morning take: Polamalu's speed and explosiveness is a big part of his game. So it will be important for Pittsburgh's training staff to do everything it can this week to get one of his wheels close to 100 percent.

Morning take: True story: When first I saw the 5-foot-8, 186-pound Jim Leonhard in the Ravens' locker room this season, I had no idea he was on the football team. This doesn't happen very often.

Morning take: Although neither call worked, Tomlin is doing all he can to generate momentum from the sideline. We will have more on the Steelers' head coach later today (hint, hint).