Steelers-Bears Post-Game Notes





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.

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