Steelers-Chiefs Post-Game Notes

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STEELERS at CHIEFS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2009 KICKOFF 1:00 P.M. ARROWHEAD STADIUM

POST-GAME NOTES

Pittsburgh Team Notes:
• The Steelers dropped to 17-9 all-time in the regular-season against the Chiefs.
• Pittsburgh fell to 9-5 all-time in the regular season on the road in the series history.
• Pittsburgh lost its first game of the season (2-1) against AFC West opponents.
• Pittsburgh fell to 2-3 on the road this season, snapping a two-game road winning streak.
• Pittsburgh is now 13-5 in their past 18 games against AFC opponents, including a 4-3 record this year.
• Pittsburgh fell to 1-1 on the year in overtime games and 20-15-2 all-time in overtime games.
• Kansas City returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a score as Jamaal Charles gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.
• Pittsburgh trimmed the lead to 7-3 as K Jeff Reedbooted a 36-yard field goal with 14:50 remaining in the second quarter. Reed has now made 10 straight field goals.
QB Ben Roethlisbergerengineered a 10-play, 95-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard touchdown toss to WR Hines Wardwith 5:32 left in the first half to give Pittsburgh its first lead, 10-7. It marked Ward's team-best fifth receiving touchdown of the season and the 77th receiving touchdown of his career, the most in club history. Roethlisberger and Ward connected for the 35th time in the regular season for a touchdown, which is the fourth-best (tied) among active quarterback-receiver duos.
• Roethlisberger dodged a potential sack on the Steelers' next drive and found TE Heath Millerfor a 10-yard touchdown strike with just over one minute left in the second quarter to make it 17-7. It was Miller's fifth receiving touchdown of the season.
• In the first half, Pittsburgh outgained the Chiefs 279-47, including 221-19 through the air. The Steelers had 12 first-half first downs to Kansas City's three.
• After the Steelers gave Kansas City possession on an interception by Roethlisberger, the Chiefs cut the advantage to 17-14 with 10:48 remaining the third quarter as QB Matt Cassel found TE Leonard Pope for a 21-yard touchdown.
• Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the game and LB Andy Studebaker returned it 96 yards to the Steelers' eight-yard line, setting up a 27-yard field goal by Ryan Succop late in the third quarter to tie the game at 17-17.
LB Lawrence Timmonssacked QB Matt Cassel and forced a fumble in the fourth quarter, which led to a Roethlisberger touchdown pass to RB Rashard Mendenhallfive plays later to give Pittsburgh a 24-17 lead with 8:35 remaining in the game. It was Mendenhall's first career receiving touchdown and the third time this season (12th of his career in the regular season) that Roethlisberger has posted at least three touchdown passes.
• The Steelers pinned the Chiefs deep in their end territory at the nine-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, but Kansas City was able to engineer a 91-yard drive that ended with a Cassel touchdown pass to Charles to tie the game at 24-24.
• Neither team was able to score late in regulation, forcing the second overtime game for each team this season.
• Pittsburgh won the toss and was able to drive to the Chiefs' 35-yard line, but failed to convert a third down and was forced to punt. Earlier in the drive, Roethlisberger was knocked out of the game with a blow to the head and was replaced by QB Charlie Batch.
• Kansas City then used a five-play drive, highlighted by a 61-yard pass from Cassel to WR Chris Chambers on a third-and-five play to set up the game-winning 22-yard field goal by Succop on the next play to give the Chiefs the victory.
• Pittsburgh outgained the Chiefs, 515-282, in total offense, including 114-68 on the ground and 401-214 in the air.
• The 515 yards of total offense were the second-highest total of the season (543 versus Cleveland in Week 6).
• The Steelers had 27 first downs to the Chiefs' 13.
• Pittsburgh held the ball for 44:07 to the Chiefs' 22:25.
• The Steelers were penalized eight times for 85 yards. Kansas City was flagged four times for 28 yards.
• Pittsburgh had five sacks in the game, led by LB LaMarr Woodley's two. Timmons, LB James Harrisonand NT Casey Hamptonhad the other three. The five sacks were the second-highest total for Pittsburgh this season (7 at Detroit - Week 5).
• Pittsburgh has now allowed a 100-yard rusher in the past 28 regular-season games and has allowed only three 100-yard rushers in the past 82 regular-season games.
QB Dennis Dixon (3rd QB), FB Carey Davis, S Troy Polamalu, OG Kraig Urbik, OT Tony Hills, DE Sunny Harris, WR Shaun McDonald and DE Travis Kirschkewere inactive for the Steelers.

Pittsburgh Individual Notes:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Finished 32-of-42 for 398 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions (109.0 passer rating) before leaving the game after suffering a blow to the head on the Steelers' lone drive in overtime.
• His 398 yards are the third-highest total in his career and the second-highest total this season (417 in Week 6 versus Cleveland).
• Tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to WR Hines Ward in the second quarter, marking the 35th time the two have combined for a touchdown in their careers.
• Hit TE Heath Miller for a 10-yard touchdown late in the first half to give Pittsburgh a 17-7 lead.
• Finished 16-of-20 for 221 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions (146.0 passer rating). His 221 first-half passing yards marked the third time this season he has posted at least 200 yards passing in the first half.
• Tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to RB Rashard Mendenhall in the fourth quarter, giving the Steelers a 24-17 lead.
• Posted his club-record 11th 300-yard passing game of his career and the fourth this season. His four 300-yard passing games this season ties the single-season record held by Tommy Maddox (2003) and Neil O'Donnell (1995).
• Posted his 12th career regular-season game with at least three touchdown passes (third this season).
• His 109.0 passer rating marked the fifth time this season he has posted a 100-plus passer rating and the 33rd time in his career, extending his team record.

RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Finished with a game-high 80 yards rushing on 21 carries (3.8 avg.), including a long of 13 yards.
• Caught a career-high four passes for 36 yards (9.0 avg.), including his first career receiving touchdown (eight-yard pass from Roethlisberger).

WR Hines Ward
• Finished with 128 yards receiving on 10 catches (12.8 avg.) with one touchdown.
• His 128 receiving yards are his second-highest total of the season (159 versus Cleveland - Week 6).
• His 10 receptions are a season high and the most since he hauled in 11 versus the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 16, 2008 (11 for 124).
• Posted his 24th career 100-yard receiving game and the fourth this season. He trails only Hall of Famer John Stallworth (25) for the most in club history.
• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 172 consecutive games.
• Hauled in an eight-yard touchdown catch from Roethlisberger in the second quarter, giving him a team-best (tied) fifth receiving touchdown of the season and the 77th of his career, most in club history.
• Had a 33-yard reception midway through the first quarter.

WR Santonio Holmes
• Finished with seven catches for 86 yards (12.3 avg.), including a long of 20 yards.

WR Mike Wallace
• Caught two passes for 47 yards (23.5 avg.), including a 33-yarder, and rushed one time for five yards.

TE Heath Miller
• Finished with 95 yards receiving on seven catches (13.6 avg.) with one touchdown.
• His 95 receiving yards were a season-high and the second-highest total in his career (101 yards versus Miami on Sept. 7, 2006).
• Hauled in a season-long 41-yard reception in the second quarter. The 41-yard catch was his longest since he had a career-long 87-yard touchdown against Miami on Sept. 7, 2006.
• Now has 54 career receptions (47 entering today), breaking his previous career best of 48 in 2008.
• Had a 10-yard touchdown reception from Roethlisberger late in the first half, giving him a team-best (tied) five receiving touchdowns on the year. His five receiving touchdowns are the most since he had seven touchdowns in 2007.
• Has 26 career touchdowns, which is second on the team's all-time list for touchdowns by a tight end.

NT Casey Hampton
• Posted a nine-yard sack in the second quarter, giving him two on the season and eight for his career.
• Finished with three tackles (two solo).

LB James Harrison
• Posted a four-yard sack late in the third quarter, giving him a team-best 10 on the season and 38.5 for his career.
• Recovered his second fumble of the season on a LB Lawrence Timmons sack/forced fumble in the fourth quarter.
• Finished with four tackles (three solo), one sack, two QB hurries and one fumble recovery.

LB LaMarr Woodley
• Posted a seven-yard sack on the last play of the first half.
• Had a four-yard sack in the third quarter, giving him five on the season.
• Marked his second game of the season with at least two sacks (two at Detroit - Week 5) and the fifth of his career.

LB Lawrence Timmons
• Posted a 10-yard sack (fourth this season) and forced his third fumble of the season.
• Finished with four tackles (three solo).

S Tyrone Carter
• Made his sixth start of the season (47th of his career, 16th with Pittsburgh) in place of the injured S Troy Polamalu.
• Finished with a team-high eight tackles (seven solo).

S Ryan Clark
• Had five tackles (three solo) and two passes defensed.

K Jeff Reed
• Finished a perfect 3-for-3 in PATs and 1-for-1 in FGs for six points.
• Now has 802 career points, becoming only the second player in team history to score over 800 points in a career (Gary Anderson - 1,343).

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