More often than not, given the defensive reputation these teams have (or had), those big plays are turnovers. There's a Troy Polamalu interception return in the 2008 AFC Championship game, or Mike Wallace's fumble after a first down in 2012.
At the root of it, though, has been the quarterbacks - Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco.
The pair hasn't started every game against each other since Flacco's rookie season (Roethlisberger has missed three of those games), but before Week 7 of 2013, in the games both of them started, at least one of them had turned the ball over at least once.
Roethlisberger went his second straight game without a turnover, leading the Steelers to a 19-16 victory in a game the Steelers never trailed. Flacco had a key lost fumble in the second of two games between these teams last year, but protected the ball well, bringing his team to a 16-all tie with under two minutes left.
Both quarterbacks played very well, but clearly, their decision-making and poise has improved over the years. It will make for a great rematch Thanksgiving night in Baltimore.
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