Series History: Buccaneers vs. Steelers

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Series History: Series began in 1976Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead 8-1Streak: Steelers have won last fourAt Pittsburgh: Steelers lead 3-0At Tampa Bay: Steelers lead 5-1Neutral Sites: n/aLast Regular-Season Meeting: Sept. 26, 2010 at Tampa Bay (Pittsburgh 38, Tampa Bay 13)Postseason Series: n/a
Last Postseason Meeting: n/a

(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)


The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will meet for the 10th time in a regular season series that began in 1976...Pittsburgh has won each of its previous four games versus Tampa Bay...the Steelers are undefeated when hosting the Buccaneers in Pittsburgh (3-0)...Pittsburgh has outscored Tampa Bay 209-104 in the regular-season series.

SERIES HIGHS

Passing Yards

Steelers Tommy Maddox 236 12/23/2002
Buccaneers Doug Williams 302 11/9/1980

Rushing Yards

Steelers

Jerome Bettis
Rashard Mendenhall

143

10/21/2001
9/26/2010

Buccaneers James Wilder 126 10/30/1983

Receiving Yards

Steelers Louis Lipps 137 12/24/1989
Buccaneers Keyshawn Johnson 159 12/21/2001


LAST TIME VS. TAMPA BAY

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Highlight photos from the last regular season match up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. The Steelers defeated the Buccaneers 38-13.

Pittsburgh 38, Tampa Bay 13Sept. 26, 2010Raymond James Stadium (61,036)**

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense exploded for four first-half touchdowns and never looked back, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-13 at Raymond James Stadium. The Steelers improve to 3-0 while Tampa Bay fell to 2-1.       

QB Charlie Batch, making his first start since December 30, 2007, was picked off on the Steelers' first drive of the game. On the ensuing drive, K Connor Barth connected from 40 yards to put the Buccaneers up 3-0.

The Steelers would respond on their next drive. Batch found WR Mike Wallace deep in the end zone for a 46-yard touchdown. The Buccaneers cut the lead to 7-6 on Barth's 24-yard field goal early in the second quarter, but the Steelers would score the next 31 points.

Midway through the second quarter, the Steelers faced a third-and-six from the Tampa Bay 48-yard line. On that play, Batch scrambled for 24 yards, the longest run of his career, to give the Steelers a key first-down. Two plays later RB Rashard Mendenhall scored from three yards out to put the Steelers up 14-6. Mendenhall finished the game with 19 carries for 143 yards and one touchdown.

Batch found Wallace again for a 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It was Wallace's second career game with two receiving touchdowns. Wallace finished the game with three catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Just before the half, Batch threw his third touchdown, a nine-yard strike to WR Hines Ward to put the Steelers up 28-6. Batch finished the game 12-of-17 for 186 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

 K Jeff Reed connected from 24 yards near the end of the third quarter to put the Steelers up 31-6, which were the first points Tampa Bay had allowed in the second-half all season. On the first play of the fourth quarter, DE Brett Keiselpicked off QB Josh Freeman and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown. It was Keisel's first career interception and first career touchdown in his nine seasons in the NFL.

The Steelers offense tallied more than 200 rushing yards and nearly 400 yards of total offense. The Steelers defense continued its stellar play, holding Tampa Bay to only 74 yards rushing while forcing two turnovers and posting four sacks.


GAME SUMMARY

1 2 3 4 FINAL
Steelers (3-0) 7 21 3 7 38
Buccaneers (2-1) 3 3 0 7 13

SCORING DRIVES

TEAM Q TIME PLAY DRIVE SCORE
TB 1 12:10 Barth 40-yd. FG 4-9; 1:58 0-3
PIT 1 7:53 Wallace 46-yd. pass from Batch (Reed kick) 2-45; 0:53 7-3
TB 2 14:08 Barth 24-yd. FG 15-74; 8:45 7-6
PIT 2 10:19 Mendenhall 3-yd. run (Reed kick) 6-67; 3:49 14-6
PIT 2 7:15 Wallace 41-yd. pass from Batch (Reed kick) 2-44; 0:47 21-6
PIT 2 0:16 Ward 9-yd. pass from Batch (Reed kick) 11-79; 4:02 28-6
PIT 3 2:23 Reed 24-yd. FG 8-53; 4:21 31-6
PIT 4 14:44 Keisel 79-yd. interception return (Reed kick) -; - 38-6
TB 4 1:54 Blount 1-yd. run (Barth kick) 10-68; 4:09 38-13

TEAM STATS

Steelers Buccaneers
1st Downs 17 (10-7-0) 18 (5-12-1)
3rd Downs 4-9 (44%) 6-14 (43%)
4th Downs 0-1 (0%) 1-1 (100%)
Total Net Yards 387 303
Plays-Avg. 49-7.9 62-4.9
Rushing Yards 201 75
Rush Att.-Avg. 32-6.3 21-3.6
Passing Yards 186 228
Att.-Comp.-Int. 17-12-2 37-26-1
Sacks By 4-23 0-0
Punts-Avg. 1-62.0 5-31.0
Penalties 2-20 4-45
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Time of Poss. 26:54 33:06

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING:Pit. – Mendenhall 19-143, 1 TD; Redman 5-31; Batch 5-26; Moore 1-4; Wallace 1-(-1), Ward 1-(-2). T.B. – Blount 6-27, 1 TD; Freeman 6-15; Williams 6-13; Graham 2-13; Johnson 1-7.

PASSING:
Pit. – Batch 17-12-2, 186, 3 TDs.
T.B. – Freeman 31-20-1, 184; Johnson 6-6-0, 67.

RECEIVING:
Pit. – Wallace 3-100, 2 TDs; Ward 3-34, 1 TD; Miller 2-25; Moore 2-4; Randle El 1-14; Redman 1-9. T.B. – M. Williams 5-55; C. Williams 5-33; Graham 4-57; Stroughter 4-17; Benn 3-33; Winslow 3-24; Stevens 1-22; Spurlock 1-10.

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