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By the Numbers: Next man up

Posted Jan 18, 2016

With two starters out, the team called upon others to step up.

A deep dive into the numbers from the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos.

79,956

79,956 fans were in the stands for the Divisional Playoff game between the Steelers and Broncos in the Mile High City.

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The defenses of both teams were effective, allowing just two total touchdowns in the entire game. RB Fitzgerald Toussaint scored the lone Steelers touchdown, and RB C.J. Anderson was the only Broncos player to reach the end zone.

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CB William Gay led the Steelers defense with eight tackles (seven solo, one assist), plus one tackle for loss and one pass defensed

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In a game preceded by questions about who would step up with two offensive starters ruled out, two players recorded plays of 40 yards or more. WR Martavis Bryant logged a 40-yard run and a 52-yard reception, and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey tallied a 58-yard catch.

339

QB Ben Roethlisberger set a single-game postseason personal best with 339 passing yards. It marks the third-most passing yards by a quarterback in Steelers playoff history (Tommy Maddox, 367, Jan. 5, 2003 vs. Cleveland; Neil O'Donnell, 349, Jan. 15, 1995 vs. San Diego). It was also his third career 300-yard postseason game, tying Terry Bradshaw for the most 3--yard passing yard games in Steelers postseason history with three.

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Big Ben also became the first quarterback in Steelers history to log 300 career postseason completions with 321. On top of that, Ben Roethlisberger also holds the Steelers franchise record for most passing yards with 4,052. He passed the previous franchise record holder, Terry Bradshaw, who recorded 3,833 postseason passing yards.

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On the receiving end of Ben Roethlisberger's passes was WR Martavis Bryant, who led all players with personal single-game playoff game bests in receptions (9), receiving yards (154), and yards from scrimmage (194). Those 194 yards from scrimmage is a new franchise record.

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Bryant became just the third Steelers receiver to reach 150 yards from scrimmage in a postseason game, joining Lynn Swann (161; Jan. 18, 1976 vs. Dallas) and John Stallworth (156; Dec. 30, 1978 vs. Denver). No. 10 also recorded the third-most receiving yards by a Steeler in a playoff game, behind Swann (161; Jan. 18, 1976 vs. Dallas) and Stallworth (156; Dec. 30, 1978 vs. Denver).

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WR Darrius Heyward-Bey's 58-yard reception in the second quarter marked the longest catch of his playoff career. It was also the longest offensive play of the game.

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WR Sammie Coates made his NFL playoff debut against the Broncos. His first career postseason catch was a 37-yarder. Coates finished the game with 62 receiving yards on two receptions.

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With one catch against the Broncos, Heath Miller holds the fourth-most receptions in Steelers postseason history with 49. He is also tied with Ernie Mills for fourth-most receiving yards in postseason history with 587.

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RB Fitzgerald Toussaint scored his first career postseason touchdown on a one-yard run in the first quarter. No. 33 finished with 39 rushing yards on 12 carries, including a 15-yard long.

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LB James Harrison tied for second on the Steelers defense with seven tackles (6 solo, 1 assist), including a sack and three tackles for loss. Harrison's Steelers postseason sack total now stands at 8.5 - the second-most by a Steeler since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

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K Chris Boswell connected on all three of his field goal attempts (43, 28, and 47), putting him in a three-way tie with Norm Johnson (7; 1995) and Gary Anderson (7; 1999) for the most field goals made by a Steelers kicker in a single postseason with 7.

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Add to that the four field goals he made in the AFC Wild Card game against the Bengals, Boswell was a perfect seven-for-seven in the 2015 postseason. Those seven field goals ranks him second in NFL history for most field goals made by a rookie/first-year kicker. The only rookie/first-year kicker with more postseason field goals made is Stephen Gostkowski (8; 2006).

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