STEELERS at BENGALS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009 KICKOFF 4:15 P.M. PAUL BROWN STADIUM
Pittsburgh Team Notes:
• The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Bengals in the series and fell to 48-31 all-time (including the postseason).
• The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak in Cincinnati and the Steelers fell to 22-18 on the road in the series.
• Pittsburgh's loss snapped a six-game winning streak against teams from the AFC North. The Steelers are 13-3 in their last 16 games against such opponents.
• The Steelers are 11-3 in their past 14 games against AFC foes.
• Pittsburgh has lost consecutive games for the first times since losing back-to-back contests on Dec. 9, 2007 and Dec. 16, 2007.
• Pittsburgh has now lost two straight road games after winning five of their previous six games on the road.
• Pittsburgh jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on its first drive of the game as K Jeff Reedbooted a 19-yard field goal at the 6:55 mark of the first quarter. The drive was highlighted by a 41-yard reception by WR Hines Wardand a 24-yard run by RB Willie Parker.
• QB Ben Roethlisbergerled the Steelers to their first touchdown of the game as he eluded DE Robert Geathers and found Parker for a 27-yard touchdown reception. It was Parker's fifth career receiving touchdown and his first since Nov. 19, 2006 at Cleveland.
• In the first quarter, Pittsburgh outgained the Bengals 152 yards of total offense to minus-10. The Steelers had seven first-quarter first downs while not allowing a Cincinnati first down.
• The Steelers scored on their third straight possession as Reed added a 24-yard field goal with 12:44 remaining in the first half to make it 13-0.
• Cincinnati managed to get on the scoreboard as time expired in the first half as K Shayne Graham kicked a 34-yard field goal to trim the Steelers' lead to 13-3.
• On the first series of the second half, Roethlisberger was intercepted by CB Johnathan Joseph, who returned it 30 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-9 (missed PAT).
• Roethlisberger stretched the lead to 20-9 with three minutes remaining in the third quarter as he snuck in from one yard out for his 12th career rushing touchdown and his second in as many weeks.
• Cincinnati responded and RB Cedric Benson scored from 23 yards out to cut the lead to 20-15 (failed two-point conversion) with 9:14 remaining in the game.
• The Bengals then scored the game-winning touchdown as QB Carson Palmer found WR Andre Caldwell for a four-yard score with only 14 seconds left in the game.
• Pittsburgh finished with 373 yards of total offense (102 rushing, 271 passing) while holding Cincinnati to 273 yards of offense (100 rushing, 173 passing).
• The Steelers had 17 first downs to the Bengals' 19.
• Pittsburgh converted 50 percent (6 of 12) on third downs while Cincinnati converted just 25 percent (3 of 12).
• Pittsburgh was flagged five times for 51 yards and the Bengals had four penalties for 30 yards.
• The Steelers led in time of possession, 34:42-25:18.
• Pittsburgh finished with two sacks (DT Casey Hampton, LB James Harrison) while allowing only one sack.
• QB Dennis Dixon (3rd QB), CB Keenan Lewis, S Troy Polamalu, FB Frank Summers, OG Kraig Urbik, OT Tony Hills, WR Shaun McDonaldand DE Nick Easonwere inactive for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Individual Notes:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Finished 22-of-31 for 276 yards with one touchdown and one interception (95.6 passer rating).
• Hit RB Willie Parker for a 27-yard touchdown late in the first quarter.
• Had a 51-yard pass to rookie WR Mike Wallace early in the second quarter which led to a 24-yard field goal by K Jeff Reed.
• Scored on a quarterback keeper from one yard out with three minutes remaining in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 20-9. It marks his 12th career rushing touchdown and his second in as many games. The Steelers are 11-1 when Roethlisberger has a rushing touchdown.
• The 12 rushing touchdowns are the most by a quarterback since 2004, his rookie season.
• Lost for the first time in the state of Ohio as a starting quarterback (10-1).
• Fell to 22-5 all-time as the starting quarterback against AFC North opponents.
RB Willie Parker
• Finished with a season-high 93 yards rushing on 25 carries (3.7 avg.) and had two receptions for 36 yards with a touchdown.
• Caught a 27-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter, his fifth career receiving touchdown and his first since Nov. 19, 2006 at Cleveland.
• Had a season-long 24-yard run on the first series of the game.
WR Hines Ward
• Finished with four receptions for 82 yards (20.5 avg.).
• Became the first receiver in team history to have 10,000 receiving yards as he surpassed it with a 14-yard reception in the second quarter. He now has 10,022 career receiving yards. Ward is one of 10 active players with at least 10,000 receiving yards.
• Had a 41-yard reception on the first series of the game.
• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 165 consecutive games.
WR Stefan Logan
• Finished with three kick returns for 102 yards (34.0 avg.).
• Had a career-long 56-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.
WR Mike Wallace
• Finished with 102 yards receiving on seven catches, both career highs, while posting his first career 100-yard receiving game.
• Became the first rookie to have 100 yards receiving since WR Santonio Holmes had 134 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 31, 2006.
• Hauled in a career-long 51-yard pass from Roethlisberger early in the second quarter.
TE Heath Miller
• Had five catches for 20 yards.
TE David Johnson
• Made his first career start, lining up at FB, before leaving with an injury.
DT Casey Hampton
• Had a 10-yard sack on the last play of the first quarter, his first sack since he posted a six-yard sack at New England on Nov. 30, 2008. The sack is his seventh career sack.
LB James Farrior
• Finished with five tackles (two solo).
LB James Harrison
• Posted his first sack of the season in the fourth quarter.
• Finished with five tackles and one pass defensed.
S Ryan Clark
• Finished with a team-high seven tackles (all solo) and added one pass defensed.
CB Ike Taylor
• Had six tackles (five solo) with four passes defensed.
P Daniel Sepulveda
• Punted only two times, finished with a 42.5 average.