Bad news from Cleveland (updated)

Just before the Ravens took a 3-0 lead here at M&T Bank Stadium, word started to spread throughout the press box that the Steelers had already jumped out on top of Cleveland 7-0.

A Troy Polamalu interception was followed immediately by a Ben Roethlisberger 56-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, and Pittsburgh has a very early lead over the Browns.

Pittsburgh, of course, can clinch the AFC North title with a win over Cleveland today.

If the Steelers lose and the Ravens beat the Bengals, Baltimore would slide into the top spot in the division and would earn the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye.

The Ravens will need Colt McCoy and company to come from behind and help them out, however.

Baltimore’s three-point edge came as a result of an Ed Reed interception (he actually didn’t lateral afterwards!) and a sweet flea flicker screen pass from Joe Flacco to Todd Heap. The trick play gained 37 yards and set the Ravens up inside the Cincinnati 10-yard line.

Billy Cundiff tacked on a 25-yard field goal three plays later for the game’s first points.

Cundiff also added his 39th touchback on the season on the opening kickoff of the game. He’s now just one touchback shy of the single-season NFL record since kickoffs were moved back to the 30-yard line.

UPDATE: It’s now 14-0 Steelers only eight minutes into the first quarter. So, about those AFC North title hopes...

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