Day before Sunday's season-opener, Pittsburgh outside linebacker Jason Gildon questioned the credentials of Ravens perennial All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis. "What's he done?" Gildon told reporters in Pittsburgh. "Is he the only linebacker to be MVP and have a Super Bowl ring? There were great linebackers before him and there will be great linebackers after him."
Before kickoff, Lewis said he was rudely greeted by Steelers Pro Bowl outside linebacker Joey Porter. Porter missed the game with a gun-shot wound suffered in a drive-by shooting. According to Lewis, when he greeted him, Porter went off. "My words to Joey Porter we're, 'You're in my prayers,' and as soon as I said that he yelled out, 'You're in my house,'" Lewis said. "Joey, I'm consoling you. I never want to see a player go down like that. 'I don't care it's my house." The dispute may have stemmed from Lewis kicking the grass, which is Porter's trademark after sacks. Apparently, Porter thought Lewis was mocking him. "This guy has been to one Pro Bowl and he knows everything," Lewis said. "Why would I argue with someone who's done nothing in this game?"
Meanwhile, Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress shoved Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller with two hands to the face during the game to draw a personal foul. "I didn't like that," Fuller said. "I don't know why these guys think it's some kind of a personal thing when they get on the football field. They got this false reputation where they think they're tougher than what they are."
SUGGS' SACK: Rookie outside linebacker Terrell Suggs blew by Steelers offensive tackle Todd Fordham to pick up his first NFL sack in the first half. The first-round draft pick set the NCAA mark for sacks in a single season with 24 last fall at Arizona State. "That was my first one, but the biggest thing I'm thinking about is the loss and what I could have did better to help my team win," Suggs said.
COMEBACK BEGINS: Offensive tackle Orlando Brown relieved Ethan Brooks on the right side in his first actual NFL game in three years. Brown injured his eye when a penalty flag struck him when he was playing for the Cleveland Browns. "I didn't play bad, but I know I can play better," Brown said. "With more reps, I definitely can."
INACTIVES: Wide receiver Frank Sanders was placed on the inactive list after practicing all week. He dislocated two toes in his right foot nearly a month ago. Sanders said he'll play next week against Cleveland. The Ravens' other inactives were quarterback Anthony Wright, cornerbacks Tom Knight (hamstring) and Alvin Porter (groin), fullback Ovie Mughelli, nose guard Aubrayo Franklin and offensive tackle Damion Cook.
QUOTABLE: Ravens safety Ed Reed on being beaten by the Steelers: "It ain't about the score. It's the L. We lost the game, hands down. Ain't no disguising it, ain't no hiding it. They came out and beat us."
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?: Hank Williams Jr., the country music star of Monday Night Football fame, sang the national anthem.
QUICK HITS: Reed and linebacker Ed Hartwell led the Ravens with 10 tackles apiece. … Steelers wideout Hines Ward caught his 337th career pass on a touchdown reception in the third quarter to eclipse Lynn Swann for third-place in career Pittsburgh receptions. Fuller strained his quadriceps, but the ex-Cleveland Brown called himself a fast healer and said he expected to play next week against his old team.