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Steelers News: For second straight year, AFC North is one-and-done in the playoffs

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at how the AFC North representative, for the second straight year, was a one-and-done in the postseason. Last year it was the Steelers losing to the Jaguars in the Divisional round, and it wasn’t since Pittsburgh’s 2016 run when a team from the division actually won a playoff game.

Let’s get to the news:

Magic runs out for Ravens’ top defense, Lamar Jackson in playoffs

By: Jamison Hensley, ESPN

The Baltimore Ravens ended the season a with a 23-17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday. Here’s a recap of the season and what’s next:

Season grade: Above average. A poor showing in the playoffs aside, the Ravens believe they’ve found their next franchise quarterback in Lamar Jackson, and they finished with the No. 1 defense for only the second time in team history. Baltimore had one of the more impressive turnarounds of the season, going from 4-5 at the bye to AFC North champion. The season ended with a disappointing home playoff loss, but the Ravens have to be excited about their foundation going forward with the combination of Jackson and coach John Harbaugh.

Season in review: In winning their first division title since 2012, the Ravens also ended a three-year playoff drought. The season looked like it was spiraling downward when the Ravens reached the bye on a three-game losing streak and starting quarterback Joe Flacco was sidelined with a hip injury. But Jackson sparked an unexpected turnaround, turning a pass-oriented offense to a run-dominated one. The rookie first-round pick went 6-1 in the regular season, the second-best seven-game start since the 1970 merger (Ben Roethlisberger was 7-0 in 2004). He led all NFL quarterbacks with 695 yards rushing and did enough in the passing game to lead the Ravens to their first double-digit win season since 2014. The Chargers solved Jackson for three quarters Sunday in their second meeting of the season, playing most of the game with seven defensive backs and containing the run. Defensively, this will likely rank as the Ravens’ best group behind the ones in 2000 and 2006. Baltimore finished the regular season ranked in the top five in fewest total yards, rushing yards, passing yards and points allowed.

Ryan Shazier and his fiancee have a new baby boy

By: Chris Pastrick, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Steeler Nation sure could use some good news.

How about this: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and all-around man of steel Ryan Shazier and his fiancee, Michelle Rodriguez, are the proud parents of a new baby boy: Lyon Carter Shazier.

Shazier announced the birth — which happened just after midnight Sunday morning — on his Instagram account.

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