Game Preview: Steelers vs. 49ers (Week Two)


Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) vs. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Heinz Field (68,400) - Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: FOX-TV (locally WPGH-TV, channel 53)
Announcers: Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (color analyst), Laura Okmin (sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network, WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (color analyst), Craig Wolfley (sideline)


A LOOK AT THE COACHES** Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 82-47 (.636)/ninth season
Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 82-47 (.636)/ninth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-4/five years

San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Tomsula
Overall regular-season record: 2-0 (1.000)/first season
Regular-season record with San Francisco: 2-0 (1.000)/first season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-0

Series History: Series began in 1951
Overall Regular Season: 49ers lead, 11-9
At Pittsburgh: 49ers lead, 6-4
At San Francisco: Even, 5-5
Neutral Sites: n/a
Streak: 49ers won previous meeting
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 19, 2011 at San Francisco
San Francisco 20, Pittsburgh 3
Postseason Series: n/a
(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

Pittsburgh and San Francisco will meet for the 21st time in regular season action during Week 2 of the 2015 season and for the first time since 2011...San Francisco leads the all-time series between the two clubs with a two-game advantage, 11-9...this week's game will mark the second time Pittsburgh will host San Francisco at Heinz Field ... the Steelers defeated the 49ers in their lone match-up at Heinz Field in 2007, 37-16, on Sept. 23...Pittsburgh is 3-1 in the month of September against San Francisco at home, with the overall series in the month of September tied at three games each.


A look at images from our 33-16 win over San Francisco on September 23, 2007 at Heinz Field.

*San Francisco 20, Pittsburgh 3

Dec. 19, 2011
Candlestick Park (69,732)
SAN FRANCISCO – The Steelers suffered a 20-3 loss against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football at Candlestick Park. Despite the loss, the Steelers still clinched a playoff spot and remained tied for first place in the AFC North.

The start of the game was delayed because of a power outage, but once the game began, the Steelers had success moving the football early. However, their fi rst two drives ended with interceptions. On the Steelers' first possession, QB Ben Roethlisberger was picked off by CB Carlos Rodgers. That led to a David Akers' 22-yard fi eld goal, and the 49ers led 3-0.

Roethlisberger was picked off again on the Steelers' next drive, which led to another Akers' fi eld goal. His 38-yard boot gave the 49ers a 6-0 lead. Right after Akers' field goal, the game was delayed again because of a power outage. Once play resumed, neither team was able to score, and the 49ers led 6-0 at halftime.

The Steelers finally got on the board midway through the third quarter when K Shaun Suisham nailed a 51-yard bomb to cut the lead to 6-3. It was Suisham's longest field goal as a Steeler.

The 49ers though drove right down the field on their ensuing drive. QB Alex Smith found TE Vernon Davis for a one-yard score to give the 49ers a 13-3 lead. Two drives later, Roethlisberger fumbled the football when he was sacked, giving the 49ers excellent field position. RB Frank Gore scored from fi ve yards out to give the 49ers the 20-3 victory.

Despite outgaining the 49ers 389-287, the Steelers turned the ball over four times and did not force any turnovers. Roethlisberger threw for 330 yards but he threw three interceptions. WR Jerricho Cotchery recorded a season-high and his highest total as a Steeler with 93 receiving yards. TE Heath Miller added a season-high 82 receiving yards.

Former Steelers/49ers
• San Francisco secondary coach Tim Lewis coached the defensive backs for the Steelers for fi ve seasons (1995-99), before becoming Pittsburgh's DC (2000-03).
• San Francisco national scout Justin Chabot played for the Steelers during the 1997 season.


Area Connections**
• San Francisco HC Jim Tomsula is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and served as the DL coach for Woodland Hills High School (Pa.) in 1990.
• San Francisco secondary coach Tim Lewis played at the University of Pittsburgh (1979-82). Lewis went on to coach for the Panthers from 1993-94.
• 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman played at Penn State.

NFL Connections
• Steelers HC Mike Tomlin and 49ers OL coach Chris Foerster worked together for one year in Tampa Bay (2001).
• Steelers DC Keith Butler coached with 49ers TE coach Tony Sparano for two years in Cleveland (1999-2000).
• Several Steelers coaches crossed paths with Sparano in their careers: OC Todd Haley in Dallas (2004-06), WR coach Richard Mann in Washington (2001) and RB coach James Saxon in Miami (2008-10).
• Haley was on the New York Jets' staff with 49ers DC Eric Mangini for three seasons (1997-99).
• Pittsburgh STC Danny Smith was the DB/ST coach for the Eagles in 1996, when San Francisco STC Thomas McGaughey Jr. was a safety for the Eagles.
• Smith was on the same coaching staff in Washington for three years (2010-12) with Foerster and 49ers Asst. ST coach Richard Hightower.
• Pittsburgh WR coach Richard Mann and San Francisco Defensive Asst. Ejiro Evero (2007-09) and QB coach Steve Logan (2009) all worked together in Tampa Bay. Steelers S Will Allen was also a Buccaneer during that span.
• Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak and 49ers LB coach Clancy Pendergast coached together for the Houston Oilers in 1995.
• Haley coached alongside Pendergast for two seasons (2007-08) in Arizona and again for one season in Kansas City (2009). 49ers WR Anquan Boldin was also a Cardinal at that time.
• Steelers DB coach Carnell Lake was a coaching intern for Green Bay in 2010 when 49ers LB Desmond Bishop played for the Packers.
• Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and S Mike Mitchell both played in Oakland while San Francisco WR coach Adam Henry was the TE coach for the Raiders (2009-11).
• Pittsburgh RB DeAngelo Williams was a Carolina Panther while San Francisco secondary coach Tim Lewis held the same position for the Panthers (2007-08).
• Pittsburgh K Josh Scobee and CB Antwon Blake were Jacksonville Jaguars teammates of San Francisco QB Blaine Gabbert in 2013.
• Steelers LB Arthur Moats was teammates of 49ers G/T Erik Pears in Buffalo for three seasons (2010-13).
• Pittsburgh QB Mike Vick and San Francisco LB Nick Bellore both played for the Jets in 2014.
• Pittsburgh S Ross Ventrone played for the Patriots while San Francisco Defensive Asst. Mick Lombardi was a scouting assistant in 2001.


College Connections**
• Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller played with San Francisco LB Ahmad Brooks for one year (2004) at Virginia.
• Pittsburgh G David DeCastro was a teammate of San Francisco LB Shayne Skov at Stanford (2009-11).
• Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey played alongside 49ers WR Torrey Smith for one season at Maryland (2008).
• Steelers OT Mike Adams (2008-11), DE Cameron Heyward (2007-10) and LB Ryan Shazier (2011-13) all played with 49ers RB Carlos Hyde at Ohio State (2010-13).
• Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown and San Francisco LB Nick Bellore were teammates at Central Michigan for three seasons (2007-09).
• Steelers T/G Kelvin Beachum played at SMU with 49ers CB Kenneth Acker for two seasons (2010-11).
• Pittsburgh LB Bud Dupree played collegiately at the University of Kentucky, while 49ers Offensive Asst. Joe Scola was the Director of Player Development (2013-14).
• Steelers WR Sammie Coates was teammates with 49ers LB Corey Lemonier at Auburn for one year (2011).

Passing Yards
Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger - 330 (12/19/2011)
49ers: Joe Montana - 316 (9/13/1987)

Rushing Yards
Steelers: Willie Parker - 133 (9/23/2007)
49ers: Charlie Garner - 166 (11/7/1999)

Receiving Yards
Steelers: Lynn Swann - 134 (11/27/1978)
49ers: Terrell Owens - 155 (11/17/2003)

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