Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) at New York Giants (6-2)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m., ET
Site: MetLife Stadium (82,500) • East Rutherford, N.J.
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
TV Coverage: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play) Phil Simms (analyst)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)
National Radio: Sports USA Radio
Announcers: Larry Kahn (play-by-play) Ross Tucker (analyst)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito Federal (Mexico City) XEDA-FM 90.5
Steelers notes for Giants game
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 59-28 (.678)/sixth season
Regular-season record at Pittsburgh: 59-28 (.678)/sixth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-3/four years
New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin
Overall regular-season record: 148-116 (.561)/17th season
Regular-season record at New York: 80-56 (.588)/ninth season
Playoff Record/Years: 12-7/nine years
Series History: Series began in 1933
Overall: Giants lead 46-29-3
At Pittsburgh: Giants lead 22-14-3
At New York: Giants lead 24-15
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Oct. 26, 2008
(in Pittsburgh) New York 21, Pittsburgh 14
Postseason Series: n/a
This matchup marks only the fifth time these two teams have met since 1994 with both teams splitting the last four contests…aside from a 30-10 Giants win in 2000, the other four matchups since 1991 have been decided by seven points or less, with both teams winning two games apiece…Sunday will be the Steelers first regular season visit to the new MetLife Stadium that houses both the Giants and the New York Jets and opened for its inaugural football season in 2010…both franchises boast father/son ownership combinations in the Hall of Fame, Art Rooney Sr. and his son Dan in Pittsburgh and Tim Mara and his son, Wellington, for the Giants…this game features two of the three active quarterbacks who have won more than one Super Bowl in Pittsburgh’s
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• Giants FB Henry Hynoski played his collegiate football at the University of Pittsburgh from 2007-2010. Before becoming a Panther, Hynoski, a native of Elysburg, Pa., finished his high school career as the 6th leading rusher in Pennsylvania state high school history with 7,165 yards to go along with 113 career touchdowns and was named the Associated Press Class A State Player of the Year following his final prep season.
• Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride held the same position with the Steelers from 1999-2000.
• Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty were both on the Chicago Bears coaching staff from 2001-2003. Haley also worked with Giants secondary/cornerbacks coach Peter Giunta with the New York Jets in 1995-1996. Haley was an assistant in the Jets’ scouting department and Giunta coached defensive backs.
• Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell coached together for the Buffalo Bills from 2007-2009.
• In 2003 when Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called the plays for the Buffalo offense.
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• Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery and Giants P Steve Weatherford were teammates with the New York Jets in 2009 and 2010.
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• Steelers QB Byron Leftwich and Giants LB Michael Boley were teammates with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.
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• Steelers LB Brandon Johnson and TE
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• Steelers LB Larry Foote and Giants C David Baas were teammates at the University of Michigan from 2000-2001.
• Steelers S Ryan Clark and Giants CB Corey Webster played together at Louisiana State University during the 2001 season.
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• Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery and Giants T Sean Locklear played together at North Carolina State from 2000-2003.
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• With a win, Pittsburgh would improve to 5-4 against the Giants (4-2 on the road) since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
• Including the postseason, the Steelers are looking to improve to 102-60-1 all-time against the NFC, including 3-0 this season.
• If the Steelers win it would be only the second time in franchise history that Pittsburgh has beaten both the Giants and Jets in the same season (2004).
• Pittsburgh is looking to improve to 28-7 against NFC teams during the regular season since 2004.
• The Steelers defense is looking to keep its seventh opponent in the last eight games to under 100 yards rushing.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
• With a win, will improve to 60-28 during the regular season.
• Looking to improve to 17-6 during the regular-season against NFC teams.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Looking to improve to 24-7 against NFC teams during the regular season.
• Looking to record a passer rating of 120.0 for the fourth time this season, which would tie for the second most times he has registered a passer rating of at least 120.0 in the same regular season (four in 2004 / five in 2009).
• Is looking to throw for at least 360 yards for the third time this season, which would tie 2011 (3) for the second most times he has thrown for at least 360 yards in one season (2009, 4).
RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Is one rushing touchdown shy of becoming the fifth player in franchise history with 30 career rushing touchdowns.
• Looking to be the first Steelers’ player since Willie Parker in 2007 to register three consecutive 100 yard rushing games.
• Needs one receiving touchdown to pass Elbie Nickel (37) for the most receiving touchdowns by a Steelers’ tight end.
• Is one receiving touchdown shy of tying his single-season career high of seven, set in 16 games in 2007.
• If he records at least 100 yards receiving, it will mark the 14th 100-yard game of his career.
• Needs one interception to become the ninth Steelers’ player to record 30 career interceptions.
• With one fumble return for a touchdown, will tie Jason Gildon (3) for the most fumbles returned for touchdowns in franchise history.
• Is one defensive touchdown shy of tying Carnell Lake, Dwayne Woodruff and Jack Butler (5) for the second-most defensive touchdowns in Steelers history (Rod Woodson, 6).
• Needs one interception return for a touchdown to tie Carnell Lake, Dwayne Woodruff, Deshea Townsend and Tony Campagno (3) for the fourth-most in franchise history.
• Needs one sack to tie Joey Porter (60.0) for second place on the Steelers’ sacks list, dating back to 1982 when sacks became an official statistic.
LB LaMarr Woodley
• Looking to tie his single-season career high (2010) with his second interception of the season.
LB Jason Worilds
• Needs one sack to pass his single-season career high of three, set in 12 games last season.