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Torrey Smith looks forward to rematch with Ike Taylor

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Torrey Smith looks forward to rematch with Ike Taylor

Only 14 seconds remained when Torrey Smith hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

The Ravens pulled out a 23-20 victory on the road for what would become a 12-4 season as they advanced to the AFC title game for the second time in four years.

In a week of reminiscing about memorable plays -- notably Ray Rice’s catch-and-run on 4th and 29 to bring the Ravens to an overtime victory at the San Diego Chargers on Sunday -- Smith’s achievement in his rookie season came up.

“It’s a huge play. It’s something you can definitely look back on, especially that,” said Smith. “I’ll remember it for a long time.

The Steelers (6-5) are at M&T Bank Stadium this Sunday, where the Ravens (9-2) haven’t lost a game since 2010 and a win clinches a playoff berth.

In a 13-10 win at Pittsburgh just two weeks ago, Smith was invisible. He only had 1 catch for 7 yards, his worst game of the season. He rebounded against San Diego, with 7 catches for 144 yards.

The Steelers didn’t do anything special to take him out of the offense with cornerback Ike Taylor, but quarterback Joe Flacco couldn’t connect with Smith.

“I wouldn’t say he was gluing me…He didn’t press. He didn’t do anything, just played off. Their plan worked,” Smith said of Taylor’s coverage and the help he received over the top. “We’ve got to be on the same page a lot more often this time.”

Taylor does his best to get Smith off his game.

“He’s a great player, playing well for a long time and he talks trash. For me, as someone who doesn’t talk, sometimes it gets to you a little bit,” Smith said “He talks. That’s a part of his game. It’s stuff that has nothing to do with playing. Once he realized I don’t talk trash it was pretty cool.”

Given how Smith tends to perform at home, Taylor will need to pull out all the spots. Smith had two touchdown catches in the Ravens’ last home game, a 55-20 win vs. the Oakland Raiders.

He has caught a TD at home in every game except the season-opener.

“The execution has been better. I don’t know why,” Smith said of the Ravens’ offense at home where they've won 14 consecutive regular season games. “I think our fans have something to do with it.”

 

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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