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By the Numbers: 4th quarter magic

Posted Dec 25, 2016

Three consecutive 4th quarter touchdown drives gave the Steelers the win.

A deeper dive into some key numbers from the Week 16 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.

22

With the win over Baltimore in Week 16, the Steelers have officially clinched the AFC North Division title for 2016. This is the 22nd division title in team history.

3

But wait...there's more! The Christmas Day win also means the Steelers have secured the No. 3 seed in the AFC Playoffs.

50

It was impressive as a game-winning touchdown when Ben Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown, who stretched the ball forward against a wall of Ravens to break the plane of the goal line. What's more, Roethlisberger and Brown also made franchise history. That touchdown connection - their 50th - pushed the tandem past Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann (49) as the franchise leaders for most touchdowns between a QB-WR tandem. READ MORE

600

Okay, one more franchise milestone. The Christmas Day win over the Ravens marks the 600th regular season win in Steelers history.

103.0

Roethlisberger finished the game with a 103.0 passer rating. He arrived at that 100+ rating by completing 24 of his 33 passes for 279 total yards and 3 touchdowns. It marks the 75th regular season 100+ passer rating game of Roethlisberger's career.

2

Roethlisberger and Xavier Grimble kicked things off with a 20-yard touchdown hookup on the Steelers' first drive, Grimble's 2nd career TD catch.

11

James Harrison was everywhere. He led all players with 11 total tackles, including a sack and a tackle for a loss.

6

It wasn't just Harrison, though. 6 different Steelers defenders logged a tackle for a loss, including Harrison, Lawrence Timmons, Sean Davis, William Gay, Bud Dupree and Javon Hargrave.

6.1

Le'Veon Bell once again passed the 100-rushing yard mark, finishing with 122 rushing yards on 20 carries. That works out to a 6.1 yards-per-carry average. Oh, and he also had 2 touchdowns - one rushing and one receiving.

100%

When it mattered, the offense made it happen. In goal-to-go situations, the Steelers were a perfect 2-for-2. 100%.

-9:14

Normally, when you're over nine minutes behind in the time-of-possession game, it is an unsatisfactory result on the scoreboard. Not this time. The Ravens controlled the ball for 34:37, compared to the Steelers' 25:23. That's a difference of 9:14 - over half a quarter.

4th

4th quarter magic was the difference in this game. All 3 of the Steelers' 4th quarter drives resulted in touchdowns. They were a 7-yard run by Bell, a 4-yard pass to Bell, and "The Stretch" on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brown.

15, 17, 81, 83, 84

This game goes the other way if not for some clutch 4th quarter catches by Demarcus Ayers (No. 15), Eli Rogers (No. 17), Jesse James (No. 81), Cobi Hamilton (No. 83), and - of course - Brown (Do we really need to identify his number?)

6

Add one more to the win streak column. That number now stands at 6.

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