STEELERS vs. BENGALS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2009 KICKOFF 1:00 P.M. HEINZ FIELD
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Nov. 15, 2009
Pittsburgh Team Notes:
• Pittsburgh snapped a five-game winning streak with a loss to the Bengals and lost their first game at Heinz Field this season. The Steelers had won eight straight home games.
• The Steelers dropped to 47-32 all-time against the Bengals in the regular season.
• The attendance of 65,392 is the second-largest crowd in Heinz Field history, second behind only the 65,597 fans in attendance against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 25, 2009.
• The Steelers grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first quarter as K Jeff Reedbooted a 28-yard field goal at the 4:43 mark of the first quarter.
• Cincinnati's RB Bernard Scott returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, but the extra point failed, to make it 6-3 with 4:26 left in the first quarter.
• Pittsburgh tied the game at 6-6 as Reed hit his second field goal of the game, a 33-yarder with 4:13 left in the first half.
• The Steelers took the lead 9-6 just before halftime as Reed connected from 35 yards out with 12 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
• In the third quarter, K Shayne Graham made a pair of field goals (23, 32) to give Cincinnati a 12-9 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
• Reed was able to tie the game at 12-12 with a 34-yard field goal with 11:20 remaining in the game, his fourth field goal of the contest. The four field goals are the most by Reed since he booted four at New England on Nov. 30, 2008.
• However, Cincinnati was able to respond with a pair of field goals (32, 43) in the fourth quarter to take an 18-12 lead.
• The Steelers weren't able to gain any first downs after getting the ball with less than two minutes remaining, resulting in the Bengals' victory.
• Pittsburgh finished with 226 yards of total offense (80 rushing, 146 passing) while holding Cincinnati to only 218 yards (61 rushing, 157 passing).
• The Steelers had 16 first downs to the Bengals' 14.
• Pittsburgh managed to convert only 20 percent (3 of 15) of its third-down attempts. Cincinnati converted 29 percent (4 of 14).
• Pittsburgh held the ball for 30:52 to Cincinnati's 29:08.
• The Steelers were penalized five times for 50 yards while the Bengals were flagged seven times for 87 yards.
• Pittsburgh posted two sacks (LB James Harrison, LB LaMarr Woodley). Cincinnati had four sacks.
• QB Dennis Dixon (3rd QB), CB Keenan Lewis, FB Carey Davis, OG Kraig Urbik, OT Tony Hills, WR Shaun McDonald, DE Travis Kirsckheand DE Sunny Harriswere inactive for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Individual Notes:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Finished 20-of-40 for 174 yards with one interception (51.5 passer rating).
• Rushed twice for 16 yards (8.0 avg.).
• Had a season-long 15-yard run for a first down on the Steelers' first drive of the game.
RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Finished with 36 yards on 13 carries (2.8 avg.), including a long of 10 yards.
• Caught one pass for five yards.
RB Mewelde Moore
• Rushed twice for 21 yards (10.5 avg.) and caught two passes for 14 yards (7.0 avg.).
WR Hines Ward
• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 171 consecutive games.
• Finished with four catches for 24 yards (6.0 avg.).
WR Santonio Holmes
• Finished with a team-high seven catches for 88 yards (12.6 avg.), including a long of 21 yards.
WR Stefan Logan
• Returned two punts for 30 yards (15.0 avg.) and had five kickoff returns for 112 yards (22.4. avg.).
• Had a season-long 25-yard punt return in the second quarter.
TE Heath Miller
• Hauled in four catches for 26 yards (6.5 avg.), including a long of 11 yards.
DE Brett Keisel
• Tallied four tackles (three solo), one quarterback hurry and one pass defense.
LB LaMarr Woodley
• Posted an 11-yard sack in the third quarter, giving him three for the season.
• Finished with four tackles and two tackles for loss.
LB James Farrior
• Finished with a team-high nine tackles (four solo).
LB James Harrison
• Posted a 10-yard sack late in the first half, his team-best ninth sack of the season.
• Finished with three tackles.
LB Lawrence Timmons
• Finished with eight tackles (four solo), including one tackle for loss.
S Ryan Clark
• Posted six solo tackles and had one pass defense.
CB William Gay
• Finished with eight tackles (five solo) with two passes defensed.
K Jeff Reed
• Was a perfect 4-for-4 in field goals (28, 33, 35, 34).
• His four field goals were the most since he had four at New England on Nov. 30, 2008.
P Daniel Sepulveda
• Averaged 43.4 yards per punt on five punts.
• Had a 55-yard punt late in the first quarter.
• Downed two punts inside the 20-yard line.