ANOTHER IN A SERIES OF STORIES OFFERING SUGGESTIONS TO STEELERS FANS ABOUT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF FREE NFL GAME PASS.
The NFL will be offering complimentary access to NFL Game Pass to provide fans the opportunity to relive games and moments from seasons past.
NFL Game Pass offers an extensive library of football programming for fans, including access to regular season and postseason games; to previous years of NFL Films' series such as Hard Knocks and A Football Life; and exclusive NFL Game Pass Film Sessions with some of the league's star players and coaches.
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Today's suggestions for viewing past games are from the Steelers' 2011 and 2012 seasons:
SEPT. 18, 2011: STEELERS 24, SEAHAWKS 0
Coming off a 35-7 blowout loss in Baltimore, the Steelers opened their home slate with a shutout of the Seahawks, their first since they blanked Cleveland, 41-0, in the 2008 regular season finale at Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger completed 70.3 percent of his passes for 298 yards, with one touchdown, no interceptions, and a rating of 115.7; and eight of those completions for 126 yards and a touchdown went to Mike Wallace. But it was the defense's day, with Troy Polamalu and Lawrence Timmons sharing the team lead with eight tackles apiece. In addition to the defense allowing the Seahawks just 31 yards rushing and 164 total net yards of offense, Seattle also was forced to punt eight times.
OCT. 30, 2011: STEELERS 25, PATRIOTS 17
The Steelers raised their record to 6-2 with their fourth win in a row, and it was a total team effort that sent the Patriots home with their second loss of the season. On offense, the Steelers converted 62.5 percent of their third downs and enjoyed a nearly 19-minute edge in time of possession thanks largely to Ben Roethlisberger completing 72 percent of his passes for 365 yards, with two touchdowns, one interception, and a rating of 97.5, but the defense played a significant role in the victory as well. Even though Tom Brady completed 68.6 percent of his passes, his average per attempt was just 5.6 yards, and New England's longest run covered only 9 yards and its longest pass gained just 23 yards. LaMarr Woodley sacked Brady twice, and Brett Keisel sacked him once and forced a fumble that rolled out of the end zone for a safety.
JAN. 8, 2012: BRONCOS 29, STEELERS 23, OT
Even though the Steelers finished the regular season with six wins in their final seven games and with the same 12-4 record as Baltimore, the Ravens' sweep of the home-and-home series gave them the AFC North title and a bye in the first round in the playoffs. The Steelers fell behind the Broncos, 20-6, at halftime of this Wild Card Round Game. But they battled back to a 23-23 tie, and had a first-and-10 at the Denver 45-yard line with one timeout and 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. But the offensive line allowed Roethlisberger to be sacked twice in the final four plays, and the game went to overtime.
NOV. 4, 2012: STEELERS 24, N.Y. GIANTS 20
The Steelers ended the first half of their 2012 schedule at 5-3 with this victory over the Giants, who fell to 6-3. The Giants took a 14-7 lead when Michael Boley returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown, and they led, 20-10, at the start of the fourth quarter. But less than a minute into the final period, Roethlisberger cut into the deficit with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, and then Isaac Redman, who would rush for 147 yards on 26 carries, scored the deciding touchdown from 1-yard out with less than five minutes remaining. An interesting side note: Emmanuel Sanders and Chris Rainey both had nice afternoons returning kicks.
DEC. 2, 2012: STEELERS 23, RAVENS 20
The Steelers traveled to Baltimore with a 6-5 record and without injured Ben Roethlisberger to face a 9-2 Ravens team that would go on to win the Super Bowl, but on this occasion none of that mattered. Baltimore held a 20-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but that's when Charlie Batch played maybe the finest 15 minutes of his NFL career. In that quarter, Batch completed 10-of-11 for 105 yards, with an interception to Ed Reed, and a 7-yard touchdown to Heath Miller. And the defense bailed Batch out after the turnover when James Harrison sacked and stripped Joe Flacco and Ziggy Hood recovered the fumble. Shaun Suisham's 42-yard field goal as time expired proved to be the difference.
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