PHILADELPHIA – Get ready for Ravens-Steelers III.
The Baltimore Ravens set up what figures to be a crunching third meeting with AFC North rival Pittsburgh when they beat the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 in Sunday's wild-card game. Baltimore and Pittsburgh finished tied atop the division at 12-4, with the Steelers holding the tiebreaker and getting a bye.
They split two bone-crushing games during the season, with the Ravens winning 17-14 at Pittsburgh in Week 4, the last game of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's suspension. The Steelers took the rematch in one of 2010's showcase games, a 13-10 outcome that turned on safety Troy Polamalu's sensational forced fumble.
A veteran playoff team that has won four of its last five postseason road games, the Ravens completely shut down AFC West champion Kansas City's passing game and forced five turnovers. They won't be intimidated in the least by a trip to Heinz Field next Saturday.
"It's going to be a lot of fun," said Joe Flacco, who threw for two touchdowns. "This is going to be the second time in my career that we've played them three times in a season. And those games are always a lot of fun. We're going to go up there and give it our best."
The Chiefs have lost seven straight postseason games, a league record that dates back to the 1993 season.
Also in the AFC, the New York Jets (12-5) are at New England (14-2) next Sunday. The last time they met, the Patriots won 45-3 in a prime-time romp. In Week 2, though, the Jets won 28-14.
That rout remains firmly in the Jets' memories.
"We've been wanting the Patriots for a while now," tight end Dustin Keller said. "Ever since that game."
On Saturday, Seattle became the first team with a losing record to win a playoff game when it stunned defending NFL champion New Orleans 41-36 behind four TD passes by Matt Hasselbeck. In the AFC, New York improved to 3-1 in road playoff games under bombastic coach Rex Ryan by edging Indianapolis 17-16 on Nick Folk's 32-yard field goal as time expired.
Those results sent both of last February's Super Bowl teams out on the first day of the postseason.
Later Sunday, Green Bay (10-6) was at Philadelphia (10-6) to finish the wild-card weekend. A Packers win would send the NFC's No. 6 seed to No. 1 Atlanta and Seattle to No. 2 Chicago. An Eagles victory would earn them a trip to Chicago and send the Seahawks to Atlanta.