(Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers offense and advanced in the NFL playoffs with a 30-17 AFC wildcard victory on Sunday.
Joe Flacco passed for 259 yards and two touchdowns and the Ravens defense held the Steelers without a touchdown for three quarters as Baltimore moved on to face the New England Patriots in next weekend's divisional round.
Baltimore, who only made the playoffs after San Diego lost on the last day of the regular season, pulled away from archrivals Pittsburgh after the Steelers had pulled to 20-15 early in the fourth on a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown pass.
An intercepted Roethlisberger throw led to the Ravens' clinching touchdown, putting Baltimore up 30-15.
The Steelers missed the running and pass catching of injured running back Le'Veon Bell and were held to three field goals in the first half.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)