A deep dive into the numbers from the Week 15 game against the Denver Broncos.
If Heinz Field sounded a little louder in Week 15, that's because today's attendance set a new Heinz Field single-game record with 67,234 Steelers fans witnessing the team's 37-24 win over the Denver Broncos. The previous record was 66,662, set in the 2010 AFC Championship game against the New York Jets. The new record is 572 more than the previous high.
The Steelers roared back from a 17-point deficit and came out with a win. That is the largest deficit the team has overcome in nearly 18 years (10/5/1997 vs. Baltimore), when they came back froma 21-point deficit to defeat the Ravens 42-34.
Only one player in the modern era of the NFL (since 1970) has recorded two 15-catch games in the same season. That player is wide receiver Antonio Brown, who had 16 catches against the Broncos and 17 receptions in Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders.
Antonio Brown's 116 receptions in 2015 put him in the #2 spot in Steelers franchise history, trailing just behind a guy by the name of Antonio Brown, who logged 129 receptions way back in 2014.
AB also became the second player in NFL history to record three straight 110-catch season, joining Wes Welker who accomplished that feat from 2007-2009.
On his way to 189 receiving yards in Week 15, Antonio Brown crossed the 1,500 yards mark for the second consecutive season. He is the first player in Steelers history with back-to-back 1,500-yard seasons.
Oh, and he also became the second wide receiver in NFL history with three consecutive season of 1,500 yards from scrimmage. The first? The legendary No. 80, Jerry Rice (1993-1995).
The Steelers have now scored in 21 consecutive quarters of play - a team record. The previous record was set in 1997, when the team scored in 20 consecutive quarters.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 380 yards against the Denver Broncos. Not only is he the first quarterback to throw for 300 yards against the Broncos since December 7, 2014, but he also set a new career long and Steelers franchise record for consecutive home games with 300 yards passing with four.
The Steelers' defense is over the hill when it comes to sacks in 2015. The defense has recorded 40 sacks so far this season, marking the first time since 2010 (48) that the Steelers defense has posted 40 or more sacks.
Thanks to Ryan Shazier's first career interception in the fourth quarter, the Steelers defense has recorded 15 interceptions in 2015, the most interceptions by the Steelers in a season since 2010, when they posted 21 INTs.
Ben Roethlisberger tied his own single-game team record for completions, set on 10/26/2014 vs. Indianapolis, by connecting on 40 of his 55 pass attempts.
While we're talking about Ben Roethlisberger, let's take a moment to recognize him as only the sixth quarterback in NFL history with 10 straight 3,000-yard seasons. The other five quarterbacks in this category are Brett Favre (18), Peyton Manning (13), Drew Brees (13), Eli Manning (11), and Philip Rivers (10).
50 x 5
On his first catch of the game, tight end Heath Miller reached 50 receptions in 2015, marking his fifth consecutive season with at least 50 catches, dating back to 2011. HEEEATH
The Steelers defense had a four-way tie for most tackles with six, including Ryan Shazier, Will Allen, Lawrence Timmons, and Mike Mitchell.
There were lots of yellow flags flying today, as the teams accepted 21 penalties for a total of 190 yards.
December has been good to the Steelers since 12/15/2013, which began a streak of 10 straight wins in the final month of the year. It is tied for the longest active December winning streak in the NFL. Head coach Mike Tomlin improved to 25-12 in the month of December.
Game action as the Steelers hosted the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field.
Thanks to 34 points scored against the Denver Broncos, the Steelers have extended the team record for consecutive games with 30+ points to 6, dating back to 11/8/15. It is the longest active streak in the NFL.
Kicker Chris Boswell was perfect against the Broncos. He connected on all four of his extra point attempts and tacked on two field goals (24 and 41 yards), making him resopnsible for 10 of the Steelers' 34 points.
Boswell now holds the #1 spot in team history for most field goals made by a rookie/first-year player with 26, surpassing Kris Brown (25, 1999). Boswell has also tied a franchise record for consecutive 10-point games with six (Gary Anderson, 1985).
Punter Jordan Berry has placed 26 of his 53 punts in 2015 inside the opponent's 20-yard line - the best percentage (49.1%) by a Steleers punter in a season since the stat became officially tracked in 1976.