The weekend before the NFL divisional playoffs, were carried out which put the best eight teams from the current season closer to Super Bowl XLV. In the game that gave start to the qualifiers of the American Conference faced the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens, two teams that are characterized by their strong rivalry in the knockout stages of the NFL. Both teams came to this point in the competition with a record of twelve WINS and four defeats. After uneven last season in they finished third in the AFC North with a record of 9-7, this season the Steelers recovered and managed to place at the head of his division after vary and improve your game strategy. For its part the Ravens, who last year reached the playoffs and were eliminated by the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional final, this year also got its pass to the playoffs thanks to obtain one of the wildcards in the American Conference. In the encounter between the Steelers and the Ravens, the first opened the scoreboard in the first part with a Rashard Mendenhall touchdown.
After this first annotation, Pittsburgh committed serious errors that ceded the playing field to the visitors, who took the opportunity to get in front on the scoreboard with two annotations. The dominance of the Ravens continued during the second period by sending their adversaries to rest without being able to perform any other annotation. During the third quarter the Steelers raised their level of play and were recovered with two touchdowns, putting the game 21-21. In the last quarter the local computer did not move more and with a field goal and an annotation took the 31-24 victory. Baltimore just Meanwhile could mark this fourth field goal. In another challenge for the American Conference, the New York Jets, who finished the season with a record of 5 WINS and 11 losses faced the New England Patriots, a team that reached the semi-finals with the best record in the League (14-2).