OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- There's an old adage in the NFL that cornerbacks need short memories because they can never be perfect. But, heading into Saturday's playoff game in Pittsburgh, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb hopes every player in the secondary remembers what happened the last time they stepped on to Heinz Field.
Nine weeks ago, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdown passes against the Ravens in a 43-23 rout, setting the NFL record for most touchdown throws in consecutive games with 12.
All week, many of the Ravens talked about how the playoffs bring a clean slate. John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco and Terrell Suggs all said it. You just won't hear it from anyone in the Ravens' secondary, whose pride is on the line in this rematch with Big Ben and his dangerous receivers.
"We think about [the last game with the Steelers] because he set records on us," Webb said. "It should have an impact on all of the guys who were on that field to not want it to happen again. Guys will be more focused and study a little bit harder."
How the Ravens' secondary will look Saturday night will be different than the one that allowed 340 yards passing to Roethlisberger on Nov. 2. After the embarrassing loss to Pittsburgh, the Ravens cut starting cornerback Dominique Franks and No. 3 cornerback Chykie Brown. Also, since that game, strong safety Matt Elam was benched in favor of Will Hill and has been relocated to nickelback.
The Ravens secondary is currently on its best run of the season with Rashaan Melvin being paired with Webb at cornerback. Over the last three games, the Ravens have allowed 506 yards passing, the seventh-fewest in the NFL. They've also picked off three passes while allowing one touchdown (which came off a throw by running back Arian Foster).
The Ravens will find out Saturday night whether their recent success is the result of their own improvement or just the young quarterbacks that they've faced (Blake Bortles, Case Keenum and Connor Shaw).
"We're coming together," Webb said.