STEELERS vs. RAVENS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2009 KICKOFF 1:00 P.M. HEINZ FIELD
Steelers (7-7) vs. Ravens (8-6)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009
Kickoff: 1 p.m. (ET)
Site: Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Grass
TV Coverage: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Dick Enberg (play-by-play) Dan Fouts (color analyst)
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)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Radio Acir (Mexico City) 88.9 FM
A Look at the Coaches
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin*
Overall Regular-season Record: 29-17 (.630)/third season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 29-17 (.630)/third season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years
Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh
Overall Regular-Season Record: 19-11 (.633)/second season
Regular-Season Record at Baltimore: 19-11(.633)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 2-1/one year
Series History *
*Series History: Series began in 1996
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 16-11
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 9-4
At Baltimore: Series tied 7-7
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Nov. 29, 2009 (in Baltimore)
Baltimore 20, Pittsburgh 17 (OT)
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 2-0
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh owns a 16-11 record all-time against the Baltimore Ravens in the regular season, including a 9-4 mark at home and a 7-7 record on the road, including a 20-17 loss in overtime earlier this year...the Steelers had lost five straight at Baltimore before a 13-9 victory at M&T Bank Stadium last season...the Steelers have swept the season series four times (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008)...the Ravens swept the 2006 season series, marking the only time Pittsburgh had been swept in the series...the Steelers defeated the Ravens three times in 2008, including a 23-14 victory in the AFC Championship Game at Heinz Field...Pittsburgh is 2-0 all-time in the postseason against the Ravens.
Steelers-Ravens Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Ravens and the Baltimore area. Steelers with direct ties to the Ravens and Baltimore/Maryland include LB James Harrison, who signed with the Ravens after the 2003 NFL season and was allocated by Baltimore to the NFL Europe League in 2004.
Ravens with ties to the Steelers or Western Pa. include QB Joe Flacco, who started his collegiate career at Pitt before transferringto Delaware. Strength and conditioning coach Bob Roguckicoached at Penn State (1981), while assistant strength andconditioning coach John Dunnplayed at Penn State (1974-77)and later coached for the Nittany Lions (1978). Wide receiverscoach Jim Hostlerwas born in Pittsburgh and played (1986-89)and coached (1990-92, 94-99) at IUP.
What To Look For
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES*
• The Steelers look to improve to 17-11 all-time against the Ravens.
• Pittsburgh looks for its third straight regular-season win against Baltimore at home.
• The Steelers look to improve to 10-4 against the Ravens in home.
• Pittsburgh looks to finish the year 6-2 at Heinz Field, which would be their third straight year with at least six home wins.
• The Steelers have the potential to post a 4,000-yard passer (Roethlisberger – 3,849), 1,000-yard rusher (Mendenhall – 978) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Holmes – 1,157, Ward – 1,069) in the same season, which would be a first in team history. The only other time in team history the team even posted a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and one 1,000- yard rusher was in 2001 (Kordell Stewart – 3,109 passing yards, Jerome Bettis – 1,072 rushing yards, Plaxico Burress – 1,008 receiving yards, Hines Ward – 1,003 receiving yards).
• The Steelers have the potential to post three receivers with at least 70 receptions in the same season for the first time in team history (Ward - 83, Holmes - 73, Miller - 68).
• The Steelers have the potential to post two receivers with at least 80 receptions in the same season for the first time in team history (Ward - 83, Holmes - 73).
**PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
LB James Harrison
• Needs two sacks to move into ninth place on the team's all-time sack list ahead of Ernie Holmes (40.0). Harrison currently has 38.5 career sacks, including a team-high 10 this season.
WR Hines Ward
• Needs one 100-yard receiving game to break the team's all-time record. He is currently tied with Hall of Famer John Stallworth with 25 career 100-yard receiving games.
• Needs 99 yards from scrimmage to move into second place on the team's all-time list ahead of Jerome Bettis (11,377). Ward currently has 11,279 career yards from scrimmage.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Needs 151 passing yards to reach 4,000 yards on the year, which would be the first QB in team history to accomplish the feat.
RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Needs 22 rushing yards to post his first career 1,000-yard rushing season. He would become only the seventh different running back in team history to reach 1,000 yards rushing in a single season.
WR/KR/PR Stefan Logan**
• Needs 53 kickoff return yards to break the team's single-season record of 1,306 set by Ernie Mills in 1995.