Steelers-Packers Post-Game Notes

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STEELERS vs. PACKERS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2009 KICKOFF 4:15 P.M. HEINZ FIELD

POST-GAME NOTES

Pittsburgh Team Notes:
• The Steelers snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory over the Green Bay Packers.
• Pittsburgh improved to 14-21 all-time against the Packers and notched its third straight win in the series.
• The Steelers improved to 7-9 at home in the series and marked their first victory against the Packers at Heinz Field (1-0).
• Pittsburgh improved to 89-55-1 all-time against teams from the NFC and has now won 16 of its past 21 games against NFC opponents.
• Pittsburgh won for the 11th time in the past 12 games against teams currently in the NFC North, dating back to 1998.
• The Steelers posted their eighth straight victory at home against an NFC North team, dating back to 1995.
• Pittsburgh improved to 5-2 at Heinz Field this season.
• The Steelers posted the NFL's first 37-36 final in league history.
• Following a three-and-out on the Packers' first offensive drive, Pittsburgh responded and scored on its first offensive play of the game, a 60-yard touchdown strike from QB Ben Roethlisbergerto rookie WR Mike Wallaceless than a minute into the game. It was a season-long pass for Roethlisberger and a career-long reception by Wallace, which was his fourth touchdown of the season.
• Green Bay tied the game at 7-7 with 9:56 left in the first quarter as QB Aaron Rodgers hit WR Greg Jennings for an 83-yard touchdown.
• The Steelers followed up with a 10-play, 72-yard drive on the ensuing possession as RB Rashard Mendenhallscored from two yards out for his team-leading sixth rushing touchdown of the season. On the drive, Roethlisberger was 5-of-5 for 45 yards.
• The Packers tied the game at 14-14 with 3:04 left in the first half as Rodgers scrambled for a 14-yard touchdown run.
• With 26 seconds remaining in the first half, Roethlisberger tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to RB Mewelde Moore to make it 21-14 at the half. It was Moore's second receiving touchdown of the year.
K Jeff Reedcapped an 11-play drive midway through the third quarter with a 37-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh a 24-14 lead with 4:36 left in the quarter.
• TE Jermichael Finley caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers with 13:30 left in the game to trim the lead to 24-21.
• Reed added a 34-yard field goal with 9:45 remaining in the game to up the lead to 27-21.
• RB Ryan Grant scored a 24-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to give Green Bay a 28-27 advantage, their first lead of the game.
• Reed booted his third field goal of the second half, a 43-yarder with 3:58 left in the game to give Pittsburgh a 30-28 lead.
• The Steelers attempted an onside kick following the score, but they were flagged for touching the ball before it went 10 yards and Green Bay gained possession. The Packers then took a 36-30 lead with 2:06 remaining in the game as Rodgers hit WR James Jones for a 24-yard touchdown.
• The Steelers responded with a game-winning 11-play, 86-yard drive as Roethlisberger found Wallace for a 19-yard touchdown strike as time expired. Reed added the game-winning PAT and snapped the Steelers' five-game winning streak.
• Pittsburgh finished with 537 yards of total offense (65 rushing, 472 passing), marking the third time this season it has eclipsed 500 yards of total offense. The 472 yards passing tied the team record for passing yards in a single game (Dec. 13, 1958 vs. Chicago Cardinals).
• The Steelers had 28 first downs to the Packers' 18.
• The Steelers converted 44 percent (7 of 16) of their third downs while Green Bay converted 63 percent (10 of 16).
• For the second straight game, Pittsburgh did not commit a turnover.
• The Steelers held the ball for 35:22 to the Packers' 24:38.
• Pittsburgh had 10 penalties for 84 yards while Green Bay was flagged seven times for 53 yards.
• The Steelers had one sack to the Packers' five.
• The Steelers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 32 straight regular-season games, which currently ranks second behind Minnesota's 36 straight games among active streaks.
• For the third time this season, Pittsburgh had a 300-yard passer (Roethlisberger - 503) and two 100-yard receivers (WR Hines Ward- 126, TE Heath Miller- 118). The Steelers also had a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard receivers against Tennessee (Week 1) and Cleveland (Week 6).
QB Charlie Batch (3rd QB), WR Limas Sweed, CB Keenan Lewis, S Troy Polamalu, OG Kraig Urbik, OG Chris Kemoeatu, DE Sunny Harris and DE Nick Easonwere inactive for the Steelers.

Pittsburgh Individual Notes:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Finished with a career-high and club-record 503 yards passing on 29-of-46 attempts with three touchdowns and no interceptions (121.9 passer rating).
• His 503 passing yards eclipsed the previous team record of 473 yards by Tommy Maddox on Nov. 10, 2002 versus Atlanta.
• Joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Y.A. Tittle (1962) and Warren Moon (1990) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in a game.
• Became just the 10th player in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards in a game and the ninth to do it in a non-overtime game.
• Marked his third game this season with three touchdown passes, giving him 12 for his career in the regular season.
• Has 3,849 passing yards on the season, breaking the team's single-season record for passing yards (Terry Bradshaw - 3,724 in 1979).
• His 121.9 passer rating marked the seventh time this season he has posted a 100-plus passer rating and it was the 35th of his career in the regular season.
• Marked his second fourth-quarter/overtime game-winning drive of the season and the 19th of his career in the regular season.
• Tossed a season-long 60-yard touchdown pass to WR Mike Wallace on the first offensive play of the game for the Steelers.
• Connected with Wallace on the last play of the game, a 19-yard pass as time expired.
• Tossed a 10-yard touchdown to RB Mewelde Moore in the second quarter.
• Marked his fifth 300-yard passing game of the year, breaking the team's single-season record for 300-yard passing games. He surpassed Tommy Maddox (four in 2003) and Neil O'Donnell (four in 1995). He has a team-record 12 career regular-season games with at least 300 yards passing.
• Marked the third time in his career he has posted over 400 yards passing and the second time this season.
• Has 302 completions on the year, breaking the team's single-season record for completions (298 - Tommy Maddox, 2003).
• Improved to 58-26 as a starter, including a 33-10 mark at home and an 18-5 record against NFC opponents.

RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Finished with a team-best 38 yards rushing on 11 carries (3.5 avg.) with one touchdown.
• Scored his team-leading sixth rushing touchdown of the year on a two-yard run in the first quarter.
• Posted career highs with six receptions for 73 yards (12.2 avg.), including a long of 25 yards.

RB Mewelde Moore
• Hauled in his second receiving touchdown of the season on a 10-yard grab from Roethlisberger late in the first half.
• Finished with three catches for 25 yards (8.3 avg.).

WR Hines Ward
• Finished with a game-high 126 yards receiving on seven catches (18.0 avg.), including a season-long of 54 yards.
• Eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark on the season (1,069 yards), marking the second straight year he accomplished the feat. It also gives him six career 1,000-yard receiving seasons, the most in team history.
• Has five 100-yard receiving games this year, which is a career high, and 25 in his career, tying Hall of Famer John Stallworth's club record.
• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 176 consecutive games.

WR Santonio Holmes
• Finished with three catches for 77 yards (25.7 avg.), including a long of 33 yards.

WR Mike Wallace
• Finished with two catches for 79 yards (39.5 avg.) with two touchdowns, the first multi-touchdown game of his career.
• Caught the game-winning, 19-yard touchdown pass as time expired to clinch the victory.
• Hauled in a career-long 60-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger on the Steelers' first offensive play of the game. It marked his fourth touchdown of the season.

TE Heath Miller
• Finished with seven catches for a career-high 118 yards receiving (16.9 avg.), including a long of 27 yards.
• Marked his second career 100-yard receiving game (Sept. 7, 2006 vs. Miami - 101 yards).
• Posted only the 11th 100-yard receiving game by a tight end in team history.
• Has 68 receptions on the season, breaking the team's single-season record for receptions by a tight end. He surpassed Eric Green's previous record of 63 receptions, which was set in 1993.

DT Casey Hampton
• Posted a half sack (for seven yards) in the third quarter, giving him 2.5 on the year.
• Finished with five tackles (three solo).

LB LaMarr Woodley
• Posted a half sack (for seven yards) in the third quarter, giving him 9.5 on the year. It marks his sixth straight game with at least a half-sack, the longest streak of his career.
• Finished with four tackles (three solo).

LB Lawrence Timmons
• Finished with four tackles (all solo) and two QB hurries.

CB William Gay
• Posted a team-best six tackles (all solo) and had one pass breakup.

P Daniel Sepulveda
• Punted five times for 191 yards (38.2 avg.), downing two punts inside the 20-yard line.

K Jeff Reed
• Finished a perfect 3-for-3 in FGs and 4-for-4 in PATs for 13 points.
• Booted a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter to give Pittsburgh a 24-14 lead.
• Added a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to up the Steelers' lead to 27-21.
• Had a 43-yard field goal later in the fourth quarter to give Pittsburgh a 30-28 lead.
Pittsburgh Team Notes:
• The Steelers snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory over the Green Bay Packers.
• Pittsburgh improved to 14-21 all-time against the Packers and notched its third straight win in the series.
• The Steelers improved to 7-9 at home in the series and marked their first victory against the Packers at Heinz Field (1-0).
• Pittsburgh improved to 89-55-1 all-time against teams from the NFC and has now won 16 of its past 21 games against NFC opponents.
• Pittsburgh won for the 11th time in the past 12 games against teams currently in the NFC North, dating back to 1998.
• The Steelers posted their eighth straight victory at home against an NFC North team, dating back to 1995.
• Pittsburgh improved to 5-2 at Heinz Field this season.
• The Steelers posted the NFL's first 37-36 final in league history.
• Following a three-and-out on the Packers' first offensive drive, Pittsburgh responded and scored on its first offensive play of the game, a 60-yard touchdown strike from QB Ben Roethlisbergerto rookie WR Mike Wallaceless than a minute into the game. It was a season-long pass for Roethlisberger and a career-long reception by Wallace, which was his fourth touchdown of the season.
• Green Bay tied the game at 7-7 with 9:56 left in the first quarter as QB Aaron Rodgers hit WR Greg Jennings for an 83-yard touchdown.
• The Steelers followed up with a 10-play, 72-yard drive on the ensuing possession as RB Rashard Mendenhallscored from two yards out for his team-leading sixth rushing touchdown of the season. On the drive, Roethlisberger was 5-of-5 for 45 yards.
• The Packers tied the game at 14-14 with 3:04 left in the first half as Rodgers scrambled for a 14-yard touchdown run.
• With 26 seconds remaining in the first half, Roethlisberger tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to RB Mewelde Moore to make it 21-14 at the half. It was Moore's second receiving touchdown of the year.
K Jeff Reedcapped an 11-play drive midway through the third quarter with a 37-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh a 24-14 lead with 4:36 left in the quarter.
• TE Jermichael Finley caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers with 13:30 left in the game to trim the lead to 24-21.
• Reed added a 34-yard field goal with 9:45 remaining in the game to up the lead to 27-21.
• RB Ryan Grant scored a 24-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to give Green Bay a 28-27 advantage, their first lead of the game.
• Reed booted his third field goal of the second half, a 43-yarder with 3:58 left in the game to give Pittsburgh a 30-28 lead.
• The Steelers attempted an onside kick following the score, but they were flagged for touching the ball before it went 10 yards and Green Bay gained possession. The Packers then took a 36-30 lead with 2:06 remaining in the game as Rodgers hit WR James Jones for a 24-yard touchdown.
• The Steelers responded with a game-winning 11-play, 86-yard drive as Roethlisberger found Wallace for a 19-yard touchdown strike as time expired. Reed added the game-winning PAT and snapped the Steelers' five-game winning streak.
• Pittsburgh finished with 537 yards of total offense (65 rushing, 472 passing), marking the third time this season it has eclipsed 500 yards of total offense. The 472 yards passing tied the team record for passing yards in a single game (Dec. 13, 1958 vs. Chicago Cardinals).
• The Steelers had 28 first downs to the Packers' 18.
• The Steelers converted 44 percent (7 of 16) of their third downs while Green Bay converted 63 percent (10 of 16).
• For the second straight game, Pittsburgh did not commit a turnover.
• The Steelers held the ball for 35:22 to the Packers' 24:38.
• Pittsburgh had 10 penalties for 84 yards while Green Bay was flagged seven times for 53 yards.
• The Steelers had one sack to the Packers' five.
• The Steelers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 32 straight regular-season games, which currently ranks second behind Minnesota's 36 straight games among active streaks.
• For the third time this season, Pittsburgh had a 300-yard passer (Roethlisberger - 503) and two 100-yard receivers (WR Hines Ward- 126, TE Heath Miller- 118). The Steelers also had a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard receivers against Tennessee (Week 1) and Cleveland (Week 6).
QB Charlie Batch (3rd QB), WR Limas Sweed, CB Keenan Lewis, S Troy Polamalu, OG Kraig Urbik, OG Chris Kemoeatu, DE Sunny Harris and DE Nick Easonwere inactive for the Steelers.

Pittsburgh Individual Notes:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Finished with a career-high and club-record 503 yards passing on 29-of-46 attempts with three touchdowns and no interceptions (121.9 passer rating).
• His 503 passing yards eclipsed the previous team record of 473 yards by Tommy Maddox on Nov. 10, 2002 versus Atlanta.
• Joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Y.A. Tittle (1962) and Warren Moon (1990) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in a game.
• Became just the 10th player in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards in a game and the ninth to do it in a non-overtime game.
• Marked his third game this season with three touchdown passes, giving him 12 for his career in the regular season.
• Has 3,849 passing yards on the season, breaking the team's single-season record for passing yards (Terry Bradshaw - 3,724 in 1979).
• His 121.9 passer rating marked the seventh time this season he has posted a 100-plus passer rating and it was the 35th of his career in the regular season.
• Marked his second fourth-quarter/overtime game-winning drive of the season and the 19th of his career in the regular season.
• Tossed a season-long 60-yard touchdown pass to WR Mike Wallace on the first offensive play of the game for the Steelers.
• Connected with Wallace on the last play of the game, a 19-yard pass as time expired.
• Tossed a 10-yard touchdown to RB Mewelde Moore in the second quarter.
• Marked his fifth 300-yard passing game of the year, breaking the team's single-season record for 300-yard passing games. He surpassed Tommy Maddox (four in 2003) and Neil O'Donnell (four in 1995). He has a team-record 12 career regular-season games with at least 300 yards passing.
• Marked the third time in his career he has posted over 400 yards passing and the second time this season.
• Has 302 completions on the year, breaking the team's single-season record for completions (298 - Tommy Maddox, 2003).
• Improved to 58-26 as a starter, including a 33-10 mark at home and an 18-5 record against NFC opponents.

RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Finished with a team-best 38 yards rushing on 11 carries (3.5 avg.) with one touchdown.
• Scored his team-leading sixth rushing touchdown of the year on a two-yard run in the first quarter.
• Posted career highs with six receptions for 73 yards (12.2 avg.), including a long of 25 yards.

RB Mewelde Moore
• Hauled in his second receiving touchdown of the season on a 10-yard grab from Roethlisberger late in the first half.
• Finished with three catches for 25 yards (8.3 avg.).

WR Hines Ward
• Finished with a game-high 126 yards receiving on seven catches (18.0 avg.), including a season-long of 54 yards.
• Eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark on the season (1,069 yards), marking the second straight year he accomplished the feat. It also gives him six career 1,000-yard receiving seasons, the most in team history.
• Has five 100-yard receiving games this year, which is a career high, and 25 in his career, tying Hall of Famer John Stallworth's club record.
• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 176 consecutive games.

WR Santonio Holmes
• Finished with three catches for 77 yards (25.7 avg.), including a long of 33 yards.

WR Mike Wallace
• Finished with two catches for 79 yards (39.5 avg.) with two touchdowns, the first multi-touchdown game of his career.
• Caught the game-winning, 19-yard touchdown pass as time expired to clinch the victory.
• Hauled in a career-long 60-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger on the Steelers' first offensive play of the game. It marked his fourth touchdown of the season.

TE Heath Miller
• Finished with seven catches for a career-high 118 yards receiving (16.9 avg.), including a long of 27 yards.
• Marked his second career 100-yard receiving game (Sept. 7, 2006 vs. Miami - 101 yards).
• Posted only the 11th 100-yard receiving game by a tight end in team history.
• Has 68 receptions on the season, breaking the team's single-season record for receptions by a tight end. He surpassed Eric Green's previous record of 63 receptions, which was set in 1993.

DT Casey Hampton
• Posted a half sack (for seven yards) in the third quarter, giving him 2.5 on the year.
• Finished with five tackles (three solo).

LB LaMarr Woodley
• Posted a half sack (for seven yards) in the third quarter, giving him 9.5 on the year. It marks his sixth straight game with at least a half-sack, the longest streak of his career.
• Finished with four tackles (three solo).

LB Lawrence Timmons
• Finished with four tackles (all solo) and two QB hurries.

CB William Gay
• Posted a team-best six tackles (all solo) and had one pass breakup.

P Daniel Sepulveda
• Punted five times for 191 yards (38.2 avg.), downing two punts inside the 20-yard line.

K Jeff Reed
• Finished a perfect 3-for-3 in FGs and 4-for-4 in PATs for 13 points.
• Booted a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter to give Pittsburgh a 24-14 lead.
• Added a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to up the Steelers' lead to 27-21.
• Had a 43-yard field goal later in the fourth quarter to give Pittsburgh a 30-28 lead.

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