This marked the first time that the Ravens have ever won a game in which they were double-digit underdogs. The Ravens, who were 11.5-point underdogs against Pittsburgh, had been underdogs by 10 points or more in 10 previous games and lost every time, including a 35-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month.
Baltimore players, though, remained confident they could upend their chief rival.
"This is not even to sound brash, but we believed the whole time that we were going to beat them," cornerback Jimmy Smith said. "It's Pittsburgh. So records, scoring, it doesn't matter how good they were playing coming in. Nothing matters when you play Pittsburgh. Obviously on paper it didn't look like we were going to win today."
The Ravens had lost their previous two games by a combined score of 69-20. The Steelers had defeated their past three teams by an average of 18.3 points.
Only one of the 40 experts from ESPN, The Baltimore Sun, NFL Media, CBS Sports and Fox Sports picked the Ravens to beat the Steelers. Most don't even think it would be close. The seven members from the The Sun predicted a 20-point average margin of victory for Pittsburgh.
"I watched analysts all morning talk bad about us," Smith said. "[NFL Network analyst] Michael Irvin, especially, talking that we weren't going to come within 15 points of them. There you go, Michael Irvin.”
This season, there have been 18 games where the point spread was double digits. Only four underdogs won, which mean they've won 22 percent of the time.
"Coach [John Harbaugh] said it earlier, 'It's all about us,'" nose tackle Brandon Williams said. "We know what we know about us. We believe in each other. Whatever anybody else says, that's on them. We know what we can do.”