STEELERS at BEARS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 2009 KICKOFF 4:15 P.M. SOLDIER FIELD
Chicago 17, Pittsburgh 14
Sunday, Sept. 20 • Chicago, Ill. (Soldier Field)
Pittsburgh Team Notes:
• The Steelers fell to 1-1 on the season for the first time since 2006.
• Pittsburgh dropped to 7-20-1 all-time against the Bears, including a 1-12 record in Chicago.
• The loss snapped a three-game winning streak versus the Bears.
• The loss snapped a six-game winning streak against teams currently in the NFC North.
• The Steelers are 16-5 in their past 21 games (including Super Bowls XL and XLIII) versus teams in the NFC. Pittsburgh is now 91-56-1 all-time against NFC teams, including a 34-36 mark on the road.
• Pittsburgh jumped out to a 7-0 lead on its first drive of the game as QB Ben Roethlisbergerfound TE Matt Spaethon a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line with just under five minutes remaining in the first quarter. On the drive, Roethlisberger was 8-for-9 for 84 yards as he engineered a 13-play, 92-yard drive that lasted over eight minutes.
• In the first quarter, Pittsburgh outgained the Bears 119-11 in total offense, including 93-8 in passing. The Steelers had eight first downs to Chicago's zero in the first quarter.
• Chicago tied the game at 7-7 with 19 seconds left in the first half as QB Jay Cutler hit TE Kellen Davis for a six-yard touchdown pass.
• Roethlisberger gave Pittsburgh a 14-7 lead with 5:26 left in the third quarter as he ran in from two yards out for his 11th career regular-season rushing touchdown.
• Pittsburgh looked to extend its lead early in the fourth quarter but K Jeff Reedmissed a 38-yard field goal wide left.
• Chicago responded by tying the game on the ensuing drive as Cutler found WR Johnny Knox for a seven-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-14 with 6:21 remaining.
• The Steelers again had a chance to take the lead late in the game but Reed was unable to connect from 43 yards.
• The Bears drove for the game-winning field goal as K Robbie Gould booted a 44-yarder with 15 seconds left to seal the Chicago victory.
• Pittsburgh finished with 308 yards of total offense, including 203 passing and 105 rushing. Chicago had 275 yards of offense (232 passing, 43 rushing).
• The Steelers had 21 first downs to the Bears' 17.
• Both teams converted 50 percent of their third-down attempts.
• Pittsburgh was penalized six times for 52 yards while Chicago had 10 penalties for 80 yards.
• Pittsburgh held the ball for 30:26 to the Bears' 29:34.
• QB Dennis Dixon (3rd QB), WR Limas Sweed, CB Keenan Lewis, S Troy Polamalu, OG Kraig Urbik, OT Tony Hills, DE Nick Easonand LB Arnold Harrisonwere inactive for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Individual Notes:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Finished 23-for-35 for 221 yards with one touchdown and one interception (80.8 passer rating).
• Tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to TE Matt Spaeth on the first drive of the game to give Pittsburgh a 7-0 lead. On the drive, he was 8-for-9 for 84 yards.
• Had a two-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter to give Pittsburgh a 14-7 lead. It was Roethlisberger's 11th career regular-season rushing touchdown and the Steelers are 10-1 when he rushes for a score.
• Finished with three rushes for six yards.
RB Willie Parker
• Had a game-high 47 yards rushing on 14 carries (3.4 avg.), including a season-long of 13 yards.
RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Had a career-long 39-yard run in the third quarter that set up a Roethlisberger rushing touchdown.
• Finished with 39 yards on three carries (13.0 avg.) and had one reception for 13 yards.
FB Frank Summers
• Made his first career start at FB.
WR Hines Ward
• Finished with a team-high six receptions for 57 yards (9.5 avg.), including a long of 21 yards.
• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 164 consecutive games.
WR Stefan Logan
• Had six punt returns for 36 yards (6.0 avg.).
• Had a 19-yard punt return in the third quarter.
• Posted two kickoff returns for 47 yards (23.5 avg.).
WR Santonio Holmes
• Finished with five catches for a game-high 83 yards (16.6 avg.).
• All five of his receptions went for first downs.
• Had a 24-yard reception on a 3rd-and-12 play on the Steelers' first drive.
TE Heath Miller
• Had three catches for 27 yards (9.0 avg.).
• Eclipsed 2,000 career receiving yards, becoming just the fifth tight end in team history to accomplish the feat. He now has 2,023 career receiving yards.
TE Matt Spaeth
• Caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger on the first drive of the game to give Pittsburgh a 7-0 lead. It was Spaeth's first touchdown of the year (fourth of his career) and his first since Oct. 21, 2007 at Denver.
DE Aaron Smith
• Posted his first sack of the season, giving him 42 for his career.
LB James Farrior
• Finished with a team-high (tied) eight tackles (all solo).
LB James Harrison
• Finished with six tackles (all solo) and forced one fumble.
LB Lawrence Timmons
• Returned to action after missing Week 1 with an ankle injury.
• Finished with three tackles and two pass defenses.
LB Keyaron Fox
• Started at ILB for the second straight week. It was his second start as a Steeler and the sixth of his career (four with Kansas City).
• Finished with five tackles (three solo).
S Tyrone Carter
• Made his 42nd career start, including his 11th with the Steelers, at SS for the injured S Troy Polamalu.
• Finished with three tackles (all solo), including one tackle-for-loss.
CB William Gay
• Posted eight tackles (six solo).
P Daniel Sepulveda
• Had three punts for 163 yards (54.3 avg.).
• Had a 58-yard punt that was downed at the three-yard line on his first punt of the game.
• Posted a 57-yard punt in the third quarter.