Steelers’ record: 3-2
One year ago: 4-1
Series record (including playoffs): Steelers lead, 44-30
Mike Tomlin assessed his team as it began preparing for this game against the Titans. “I think they are hacked off and they should be. We haven’t performed close enough to what we expect. We’ve lost games because of it, specifically we lost last week (to the Houston Texans). We look forward to preparing and playing this week in front of our home fans, and hopefully righting this thing.”
On the game’s opening possession, the Titans had a first-and-goal at the Steelers’ 7-yard line when
STAT THAT STANDS OUT
In their history, the Steelers have had three different quarterbacks throw five touchdown passes in a game – Terry Bradshaw, Mark Malone and
WHAT WENT RIGHT
* The Other Team Has Coaches, Too, Dept.: The Titans moved the ball smartly down the field on their opening possession to a first-and-goal at the Steelers 4-yard line – 76 yards in eight plays – but then Tennessee offensive coordinator Chris Palmer got “creative.” After sending tackle Mike Otto into the game as an eligible receiver/extra blocker, the Titans faked a handoff to Chris Johnson and Matt Hasselbeck threw the ball to Otto, who is 6-foot-5, 310 pounds. The pass was one that would have required an athletic play beyond Otto’s abilities, and that set off a sequence of events ending with the Titans having to settle for a 29-yard field goal.
* The Titans had the game’s early momentum after their game-opening 69-yard drive to a field goal, but
* His first pass completion in the NFL came in 2007, a 32-yard play to Najeh Davenport on a fake punt on Dec. 20 against the Rams in St. Louis.
* Chris Johnson had 30 yards on five carries on Tennessee’s first offensive possession; on the other four possessions in the first half he had five carries for 12 yards. The Titans had 11 offensive possessions in the game, and so Johnson gained 21 yards on nine carries (2.3 average) after the game’s first series.
* On Tennessee's first offensive play following the recovery of Rob Bironas’ onside kick in the third quarter,
* On a fourth-and-5 from the Steelers 40-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, Matt Hasselbeck had WR Marc Mariani in a man-to-man situation with
WHAT WENT WRONG
* When the offense is flagged for a false start, play is supposed to stop, but that’s not the way it was being called in the first quarter. On a play in which the Titans were flagged for a false start, play was allowed to continue long enough for
* It was late in the first half and the Steelers were looking to add to their 21-3 lead. It was a third-and-4 from the Tennessee 27-yard line, and there were 12 seconds left and the Steelers had one timeout left. The call from the sideline was for a spike, but Ben Roethlisberger tried to throw a quick screen to the right, where wide receivers
* On the kickoff following Chris Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown run that made it 28-10, the Titans attempted an onside kick, and it was recovered by Alterraun Verner at the Steelers 45-yard line. On the play,
* Seemingly in control, the Steelers lined up to punt from their own 42-yard line with a 31-10 lead. But after a false start penalty on
Said Coach Mike Tomlin, “From an injury standpoint, we had a number of in-game injuries, which were insignificant. I think those guys are going to be able to come back. I don’t think this will inhibit them from participating this week. That group includes