I'll have a more comprehensive reaction once my head stops spinning. For now, I'll just say that was one of the more thrilling Steelers victories I've ever seen. Obviously, nothing less than thorough domination of the second half was needed after the various mistakes made in the first half. I don't know if Tomlin's halftime speech is posted or transcribed online, but I'd sure as shit like to hear it.
The tide of recent history against Baltimore only flows stronger now. The playoff win in the 2008 AFC champsionship game came in Flacco's rookie season. There are no such excuses now. At this point in Roethlisberger's career, he had won a Super Bowl. The Ravens stocked their roster for a Super Bowl run this season. Derrick Mason said it was a title or bust. Everyone kept reminding us how Ray Lewis said "it's in Dallas this year" the first time he called Anquan Boldin after the Ravens traded for him. I'd love to hear the first thing he said to him after Boldin had a go-ahead TD clang off his chest.
In all likelihood, the Steelers are headed to Foxborough next week. The Pats have the Steelers number much like the Steelers do with the Ravens. The Ravens were in position to reverse that yesterday, but ultimately folded. Blowing leads in the second half was Baltimore's M.O. this season. Give the Steelers a 21-7 halftime lead next week, and I'd like their chances. Either way, it's great for the team to extend its dominance over Bawlmer and get another shot at Brady.