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Philip G. Pavely | Trib Total Media
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata sacks Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at Heinz Field.

Hall of Famer Joe Greene talked to the Steelers players before the Baltimore game on the night his No. 75 was retired, but coach Mike Tomlin declined to say what was said.

“He said a lot of stuff,” cornerback Brice McCain said. “He (talked) about Steeler football, coming in and whipping somebody’s butt — let them know, stepping on them. You know Joe Greene. He’s going to speak his mind.”

No let-up

Maurkice Pouncey doesn’t want to hear about the Steelers’ supposed weak upcoming opponents, the Jets (1-8) and Titans (2-6).

“I don’t want to hear that, this is the NFL,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “We got beat by the Bucs. I don’t even want to know their records. They’re NFL players.”

Ravens apply early pressure

Ben Roethlisberger hadn’t been sacked in seven quarters. All that changed when he was taken down on three consecutive downs after the Steelers moved the ball from their 3-yard line to the 41 early in the second quarter.

After Maurkice Pouncey drew a 10-yard penalty for illegal hands to the face, setting up a first-and-20, Roethlisberger was dropped for losses of 6 yards (Matt Elam and Chris Canty), 7 yards (Haloti Ngata) and 6 yards (Elvis Dumervil).

Dumervil’s sack was his third this season against right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who returned after being out for 1 12 games with a concussion.

“But he picked us up and made some plays,” Gilbert said. “He’s one of the best in the game, and you expect that from him.”

Ravens trifecta

The Ravens defense came up with another trifecta — a rarely seen three penalties on the same play.

On second-and-10 from the Baltimore 27, Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for 7 yards. Ten yards were tacked on for a horse-collar tackle by Lardarius Webb.

The Ravens also were called for holding and a personal foul on Courtney Upshaw for a late hit on Roethlisberger, but they were not enforced.

Steelers scares

Rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier, playing his second game after missing four with a sprained right knee, left in the first quarter with a right ankle injury. He returned for a couple of plays, only to be removed again and sit out the second half.

The Steelers defense got a scare when James Harrison and Troy Polamalu came off during Baltimore’s final possession of the first half, but both returned immediately.

However, Polamalu was taken to the locker room just before halftime to be examined and also missed the second half.

Odds and ends

Coach Mike Tomlin hinted during the week that rookie RB Dri Archer might go back to returning kickoffs after being demoted last week. However, running back LeGarrette Blount filled that role Sunday. … After getting 34 first downs against the Colts — their most in 35 years — the Steelers didn’t get their initial first down against the Ravens until Roethlisberger’s 13-yard completion to Brown with 90 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.

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