STEELERS-BRONCOS SERIES HISTORY
Series History: Series began in 1970
Overall Regular Season: Broncos lead, 14-8-1
In Pittsburgh: Broncos lead, 6-5
At Denver: Broncos lead, 8-3-1
Neutral Sites: n/a
Streak: Steelers won previous meeting
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 34, Denver 27
Postseason Series: Broncos lead, 3-4
Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 8, 2012 at Denver - Wild Card
Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23 OT
(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh owns a 8-14-1 all-time regular-season record against the Denver Broncos...the Steelers defeated the Broncos in their most recent matchup on Dec. 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, 34-27...the two teams will meet for the eighth time in the postseason in series history...Pittsburgh defeated Denver in three of their previous seven games:
|1997||AFC Championship||L, 24-21||Pittsburgh|
|2011||Wild Card||L, 29-23 OT||Denver|
THE LAST TIME VS. DENVER
Pittsburgh 34, Denver 27
Dec. 20, 2015 Heinz Field (67,234)
Photos from the last matchup vs the Broncos at Heinz Field on December 20th, 2015.
PITTSBURGH** - The Steelers overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Broncos 34-27 in front of a record-setting crowd in the regular-season finale at Heinz Field. The 17-point comeback marked the largest comeback since October 5, 1997, when the Steelers trailed the Baltimore Ravens by 21 points and came back to win 42-34.
Pittsburgh's defense came up with a turnover on the Broncos' first drive, as S Robert Golden forced a fumble that was recovered by S Mike Mitchell. Two plays later, RB Le'Veon Bell scored on a two-yard run to give Pittsburgh the early 7-0 lead. But it would be all Broncos for the remainder of the half.
QB Brock Osweiler threw three touchdowns and rushed for another as he led the team to 27 first-half points. Osweiler connected with WR Demaryius Thomas for an 18-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7. Osweiler then threw a 61- yard touchdown to WR Emmanuel Sanders to make it 14-7. Osweiler scored on a seven yard run to make it 20-7.
K Chris Boswell made a 24-yard field goal midway through the second quarter to cut the lead to 20-10, but Osweiler threw a six-yard touchdown on Denver's ensuing drive to give the team a 27-10 lead. Boswell's 41-yard field goal late in the second quarter made it 27-13 at halftime.
The Steelers' defense shut down the Broncos in the second half, and QB Ben Roethlisberger threw three second- half touchdowns, two to WR Antonio Brown and one to WR Markus Wheaton to give Pittsburgh the 34-27 victory.
|PIT||1||10:16||D. Williams 2 yd. run (Boswell kick)||2-21; 0:53||7-0|
|DEN||1||4:4||1Thomas 18 yd. pass from Osweiler (McManus kick)||12-85; 5:35||7-7|
|DEN||1||3:08||Sanders 61 yd. pass from Osweiler (McManus kick)||1-61; 0:08||7-14|
|DEN||2||11:30||Osweiler 7 yd. run (Kick failed)||10-50; 4:52||7-20|
|PIT||2||7:33||Boswell 24 yd. FG||12-73; 3:57||10-20|
|DEN||2||1:56||Thomas 6 yd. pass from Osweiler (McManus kick)||10-80; 5:37||10-27|
|PIT||2||0:04||Boswell 41 yd. FG||10-51; 1:52||13-27|
|PIT||3||7:16||Brown 9 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick)||7-58; 3:17||20-27|
|PIT||4||12:34||Wheaton 9 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick)||5-60; 2:17||27-27|
|PIT||4||3:24||Brown 23 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick)||3-37; 0:56||34-27|
PIT-DEN SERIES HIGHS
Here is a look at the statistical leaders for the both the Steelers and Broncos heading into the AFC Divisional round.
Passing YardsSteelers:* Ben Roethlisberger, 433 (11/5/2006) Broncos:Tim Tebow, 316 (1/8/2012) *2011 AFC Wild Card
Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall, 155 (11/9/2009)
Broncos: Terrell Davis, 139 (11/11/1998)
*1997 AFC Championship*
Steelers: Antonio Brown, 189 (12/20/2015)
Broncos: Demaryius Thomas, 204 (1/8/2012)
*2011 AFC Wild Card*