Steelers hope third time is the charm

(Jim McIsaac / Getty Images)

(Jim McIsaac / Getty Images)

The Ravens and Steelers will meet for the third time this season, with Pittsburgh winning the first two games. The old adage is that it’s tough to beat a team three times in one season. Is it? Since 1970, teams looking to complete the sweep in the playoffs are 11-7, the latest being the Giants, who defeated the Cowboys for the third time in the 2007 playoffs, on the way to Super Bowl XLII.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, however, does not believe in that ‘hocus-pocus’ theory.

    “I personally don’t subscribe to that hocus-pocus,” Tomlin said. “What happened in the other two games will have no bearing on the outcome of this game.”

The Ravens do however believe that it is hard to beat a team three times in one season. They openly rooted for the Steelers to win on Sunday so they could get another shot. That certainly is one way to go.

    “We were kind of hoping for it. It’s an opportunity for one of our organizations to really build up the level of hatred,” Ravens inside linebacker Bart Scott said. “Somebody is going to be happy, somebody is going to be hurt.”

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