Steelers-Broncos set to meet in Denver

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:

SEASON ROUND RESULTS SITE
1977 Divisional L,34-21 Denver
1978 Divisional W,33-10 Pittsburgh
1984 Divisional W,24-17 Denver
1989 Divisional L,24-23 Denver
1997 AFC Championship L, 24-21 Pittsburgh
2005 AFC Championship W,34-17 Denver
2011 Wild Card L, 29-23 OT Denver

THE LAST TIME VS. DENVER
Pittsburgh 34, Denver 27
Dec. 20, 2015 Heinz Field (67,234)
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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.

GAME SUMMARY

Broncos (10-4) 14 13 0 0 27
STEELERS(9-5) 7 6 7 14 34

TEAM Q TIME PLAY DRIVE SCORE
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
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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

Rushing Yards
Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall, 155 (11/9/2009)
Broncos: Terrell Davis, 139 (11/11/1998)
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1997 AFC Championship*

Receiving Yards
Steelers: Antonio Brown, 189 (12/20/2015)
Broncos: Demaryius Thomas, 204 (1/8/2012)
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2011 AFC Wild Card*

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