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Steelers' Polamalu humbled by Ravens loss

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--Troy Polamalu suggested the Steelers needed the dose of humility that a 35-7 loss can bring, but his coach disagreed with him.

"I sure hope we didn't need that," Mike Tomlin said. "I hope we don't need too much more of that. I don't know if we could stand it if we did."

--The Steelers have phenomenal success against NFC teams, whom they've beaten in 23 of their past 28 games, starting in 2003. They have won five straight at home vs. the NFC.

--The Steelers rank 30th in the NFL against the run after one game. Last year, they not only led the NFL, they allowed the third-fewest rushing yards per game since the 1970 NFL merger, 62.8.

--OT Willie Colon, whose season ended after one game because of a torn triceps, missed all of 2010 with a torn Achilles. Colon was a groomsman in the wedding of Ben Roethlisberger, one of his closer friends.

"He was probably playing his best football right now," Roethlisberger said. "I know how hard he worked to get back from the Achilles. I saw him (after surgery, Tuesday). He seemed to be in good spirits, which is a good thing, all things considered."

BY THE NUMBERS
155 -- Yards the Steelers allowed in three post-season games in 2010, 15 fewer than they gave up in their opener in Baltimore.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"There is a fine line between drinking wine and squashing grapes. Obviously last weekend we were grape squashers." -- Coach Mike Tomlin on his team's 35-7 opening loss in Baltimore.

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