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By Scott Brown
Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009
 

The Steelers' top priority on defense has long been stopping the run.

Even if they are successful doing that Sunday at Heinz Field, that doesn't mean they will take Ravens running back Ray Rice out of the game.

One of the breakout players of the year, Rice leads the Ravens with 73 receptions, and he has 1,797 rushing and receiving yards combined.

The 128.4 yards from scrimmage he is averaging per game is second only to Titans running back Chris Johnson (155.4) in the NFL.

"He's just one of those talents," Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said.

The Steelers know that all too well.

Rice had 155 rushing and receiving yards in the Ravens' 20-17 overtime win against the Steelers on Nov. 29.

Rice's 44-yard catch-and-run on fourth down late in regulation set up a game-tying field goal.

"He's that type of players where, yeah, you've got to have someone on him all the time," Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said. "Not only is he a great weapon running the ball but he's a great weapon coming out, catching the ball. Those types of guys are special, and you definitely have to key on them."

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