Postgame notes at Broncos

Denver 23, Pittsburgh 16
Jan. 17, 2016
Post-Game Notes


Game action from the Steelers' AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Broncos.

• The Steelers are now 34-24 in postseason history.
• Pittsburgh is now 3-5 against Denver in the postseason (2-4 on the road).
• Pittsburgh is now 15-9 overall in Divisional playoff games in team history (2-4 on the road).
• Recorded 133 yards in the first quarter (68 passing and 65 rushing) in the first quarter – the most by an opponent vs. Denver in the opening quarter of a game since Nov. 16, 2014 (138 at St. Louis).
• Rushed for 68 yards in the first quarter (8 carries – 8.5 average) in the first quarter – the most by an opponent vs. Denver in the opening quarter of a game since Dec. 22, 2014 (85 at Cincinnati).

Head Coach Mike Tomlin
• Is now 6-5 in the postseason since becoming the Steelers head coach in 2007.
• Is now 2-1 in Divisional playoff games.

QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Made his 17th career postseason start and completed 24-of-37 passes for 339 yards for a passer rating of 94.3.
• Established a personal single-game postseason mark with 339 passing yards – the third-most by a quarterback in Steelers playoff history (Tommy Maddox: 367, Jan. 5, 2003 vs. Cleveland and Neil O'Donnell: 349, Jan. 15, 1995 vs. San Diego).
• His 339 passing yards marked his third career postseason 300-yard game, tying Terry Bradshaw for the most 300-passing yards games in Steelers postseason history with three.
• Is now 4-1 as a starter in Divisional playoff games.
• Is now 11-6 as a starter and 4-2 on the road in the postseason.
• Became the first quarterback in Steelers history to amass 300 completions in the postseason, with 321.
• Surpassed Terry Bradshaw (3,833) for the most passing yards in Steelers postseason history, with 4,052.


WR Martavis Bryant**
• Led all players with personal single-game playoff games bests in receptions (9), receiving yards (154) and yards from scrimmage (194).
• Set a Steelers postseason record for yards from scrimmage in a game with 194.
• Joined Lynn Swann (161 – Jan. 18, 1976 vs. Dallas) and John Stallworth (156 – Dec. 30, 1978 vs. Denver) as the third Steeler receiver to reach 150 scrimmage yards in a postseason game.
• His 154 receiving yards were the third-most by a Steeler in a playoff game (Lynn Swann: 161, Jan. 18, 1976 vs. Dallas and John Stallworth: 156, Dec. 30, 1978 vs. Denver).
• His nine catches tied for the seventh-most by a Steeler in postseason history.
• Recorded a 40-yard run in the first quarter, his second consecutive postseason game with a 40 yard run (44, 2015 Wild Card at Cincinnati, Jan. 9, 2016).

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
• Set individual single-game playoff highs in receptions (2) and receiving yards (64).
• Caught a 58-yard reception in the second quarter – his second career postseason catch – and the longest of his playoff career.

WR Markus Wheaton
• Recorded five catches for 30 yards.


WR Sammie Coates**
• Made his NFL playoff debut and recorded a 37-yard reception on his first career postseason catch and finished with the game 61 receiving yards on two receptions.

TE Ben Roethlisberger
• Caught one pass for five yards. Has caught a pass in 11 consecutive postseason games played and in 14 of his 15 career playoff games.
• Moved into sole possession for the fourth-most receptions in Steelers' postseason history, with 49. Miller trails only Hines Ward (88), John Stallworth (57) and Franco Harris (51).
• Increased his postseason receiving yards total to 587 – which is tied for the fourth-most in Steelers history behind only Hines Ward (1,181), John Stallworth (1,054) and Lynn Swann (907)

TE Jesse James
• Made his first career postseason catch, a gain of 22 yards, in the fourth quarter.

RB Fitzgerald Toussaint
• Produced 39 rushing yards on 12 carries and scored his first career postseason touchdown – a one-yard run in the first quarter.

LB William Gay
• Finished tied for second on the defense with seven tackles (6 solo), including a sack and three tackles for loss.
• Along with a sack in the 2015 AFC Wild Card game, has increased his 2015 postseason sack total to 2.0 – his third postseason with multiple sacks (2010: 4 and 2007: 1.5).
• Increased his Steelers postseason sack total to 8.5– the second-most by a Steeler since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 behind only LaMarr Woodley with 11.0 sacks.

LB Ryan Shazier
• Tallied seven tackles (6 solo), tying for second on the defense.

CB William Gay
• Led the defense with eight tackles (7 solo), including one tackle for a loss and one pass defensed.

K Chris Boswell
• Improved to 7-of-7 in the 2015 postseason on field goal attempts, converting each of his three attempts (43, 28, 47).
• Tied Gary Anderson (1989) and Norm Johnson (1995) for the-most field goals made by a Steelers kicker in a single postseason with 7.
• Joined Gary Anderson (1989 postseason) as the second player in Steelers history with multiple three field goal games in a single postseason.
• Became the sixth kicker in team history (seventh occasion) to reach 20 points in a single postseason with 22.
• Became the ninth rookie/first-year kicker in NFL history to record 20 points in a single postseason.
• His seven field goals rank second among rookie/first-year kickers in a single postseason in NFL history behind only Stephen Gostkowski, 2006 with 8.
• His 22 postseason points in 2015 are the ninth-most by a rookie/first-year kicker in a single postseason in NFL history.

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