Steelers host Eagles at Heinz Field


Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)
Date: Friday, Aug. 8, 2008
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., ET
Site: Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Grass/DD Grassmaster
TV Coverage: KDKA-TV (channel 2) FSN Pittsburgh (simulcast)
Announcers: Bob Pompeani (play-by-play) Edmund Nelson (color analyst) Jeff Verszyla (sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)
A Look at the Coaches:
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall Regular-season Record: 10-6 (.625)/second season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 10-6 (.625)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-1/one year

Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid**
Overall Regular-season Record: 88-56 (.611)/ninth season
Regular-season Record at Philadelphia: 88-56 (.611)/ninth season

Playoff Record/Years: 8-6/six years
Series History: Series began in 1933
Overall: Philadelphia leads 46-26-3
At Pittsburgh: Philadelphia leads 19-17-1
At Philadelphia: Philadelphia leads 25-8-2
Neutral Sites: Philadelphia leads 2-1
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Nov. 7, 2004 (in Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh 27, Philadelphia 3
Postseason Series: Philadelphia leads 1-0
Preseason: Pittsburgh leads 13-10
(preseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh is 13-10 all-time in the preseason versus the Philadelphia Eagles...this marks the sixth straight year in which the Steelers and Eagles have met in the preseason...the Steelers are 26-46-3 all-time in the regular season against Philadelphia...the two teams will meet in Week 3 of the regular season this year in Philadelphia...the Steelers have lost their past eight games in the city of Philadelphia dating back to the 1966 season...Pittsburgh's last win in Philadelphia occurred on Oct. 24, 1965 (20-14)...the Steelers Mike Tomlinhas never faced Philadelphia in the regular season...Pittsburgh won the most recent meeting between the two teams, 27-3, on Nov. 7, 2004 at Heinz that game WR Hines Wardcaught a 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Ben Roethlisbergerand ran 16 yards for his first and only career rushing touchdown as the Steelers raced out to a 21-0 first half lead on their way to an upset of the previously undefeated Eagles...the Steelers also held Eagles QB Donovan McNabb to only 109 yards passing (15-of-24) and intercepted him one time...the Eagles won the previous meeting in Philadelphia between the two teams, 23-20, on Nov. 23, 1997.

Steelers-Eagles Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Eagles and the Philadelphia area. Steelers with ties to the Eagles and Philadelphia include DT Scott Paxson, who is from Philadelphia. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who was the head coach at Temple from 1983-88. Assistant special teams coach Amos Jonesserved on Arians' staff at Temple from 1983-88. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau began his pro coaching career with the Eagles (1973-75). Defensive line coach John Mitchellcoached at Temple under Arians in 1986. Eagles with connections to Pittsburgh include TE Kris Wilson and OG Mike McGlynn, who both attended Pitt. RB Tony Hunt played at Penn State. Eagles wide receivers coach David Culleycoached the Steelers wide receivers from 1996-98, just prior to joining Philadelphia. Special teams quality control coach Jeff Nixonwas born in Rochester, Pa. and played at both West Virginia and Penn State. He also coached at Penn State (1997) and Shippensburg (1999-2002). Defensive assistant/quality control coach Bill Shueyattended Slippery Rock while offensive assistant/quality controlcoach James Urbancoached at Clarion for two years (1997-98).Strength and conditioning coach Mike Wolfplayed center for PennState and coached there in 1991. Offensive assistant Mark Whipplewas the Steelers' QB coach from 2004-06.

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