Steelers Down Ravens, 23-14, for AFC Crown
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 18, 2009 9:39 PM CST
Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polamalu runs for a 40-yard touchdown after catching an interception pass in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – Pittsburgh used its dominating defense to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 23-14, in tonight's AFC championship game and return to the Super Bowl, the AP reports. Santonio Holmes scored on an electrifying 65-yard catch-and-run in the first half, and hard-hitting safety Troy Polamalu returned an interception 40 yards for a clinching TD with 4:24 remaining for the Steelers (14-4).

Jeff Reed kicked three field goals for the Steelers, who will be seeking their sixth Super Bowl title. "They did it tonight the way we've done it all year," said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. "We've got a very humble group, a very selfless group." A Pittsburgh victory would make the 36-year-old Tomlin the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl.