Terrell Suggs pressures Ben Roethlisberger. (Nick Wass / AP)

The usual bruising, crushing defensive battle was replaced by a 35-7 Ravens win that featured 17-of-29 passing for 224 yards and three touchdowns by Joe Flacco and 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns by Ray Rice.

The Ravens’ defense, led by Haloti Ngata, was present and accounted for, forcing the Steelers to cough up the ball seven times. Ben Roethlisberger owned five of those turnovers with three interceptions (two by Ed Reed) and two fumbles.

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The loss for Pittsburgh was its most lopsided to the Ravens since the series began. Just how lopsided was it? In the first half, Rice had more total yards (127) than the Steelers team (113). Pittsburgh had won eight season openers in a row.

Ravens cornerbaack Jimmy Smith suffered a foot or ankle injury in the game and left afterwards wearing a brace and using crutches, declining to speak to reporters.