Denver Broncos 29, Pittsburgh Steelers 23 (OT)
Jan. 8, 2012
Pittsburgh Team Notes:
• Pittsburgh is now 4-4 in the Wild Card Round.
• The Steelers are now 2-2 on the road in the Wild Card Round.
• Pittsburgh fell to 33-21 in the postseason.
• The Steelers are now 2-3 in playoff overtime games. It was the Steelers first overtime game in the postseason since beating the New York Jets, 20-17, in the Divisional Round of the 2004 playoffs.
• The Pittsburgh Steelers did not allow a 100-yard rusher for the 18th consecutive postseason game, the longest current streak in the NFL.
• On the Steelers first offensive possession of the second half, traveled 92 yards in 11 plays to score a touchdown and pull within seven points, 13-20.
• The Steelers defense forced the Broncos to go three-and-out on their first two drives of the game.
• In the first quarter Pittsburgh out gained Denver 119-8 in total yards.
• Pittsburgh recorded six first downs in the first quarter while holding the Broncos to zero.
• RB Mewelde Moore, S Ryan Clark, CB Cortez Allen, C Maurkice Pouncey, LB Mortty Ivy, DE Al Woods and T Jamon Meredith were inactive for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Individual Notes:Head Coach Mike Tomlin
• Is now 5-3 in the postseason.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Totaled 289 yards on 22-of-40 passing with one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 75.9.
• Recorded the second most passing yards (289) in a postseason game in his career (337 vs. Jacksonville, 1/5/08).
• Became the second player in franchise history with 3,000 passing yards in the postseason (Terry Bradshaw, 3,833). Roethlisberger now has 3,150 passing yards in the postseason. He is the 13th player in NFL postseason history to throw for over 3,000 yards.
WR Mike Wallace
• Registered a one-yard rushing touchdown, his first career rushing touchdown in the regular or postseason.
• He became the first wide receiver in Steelers history to record a rushing touchdown in the postseason.
RB Isaac Redman
• Registered 121 yards on 17 carries, his first 100-yard rushing game in the regular or postseason.
• Became the fourth undrafted back to rush for over 100 yards in a postseason game, joining the Texans Arian Foster, 153 (2011 AFC Wildcard Playoffs), Chargers Paul Lowe, 165 (1963 AFL Championship Game) and the Packers Ryan Grant, 201 (2007 NFC Divisional Playoffs).
• Recorded a 32-yard run to the Broncos one yard line, marking the longest run of his career in the regular or postseason.
WR Jerricho Cotchery
• Hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 23 with 3:48 left in the game.
• Marked his third career postseason touchdown reception.
WR Emmanuel Sanders
• Led team with a career-high 81 yards on six receptions.
WR Hines Ward
• Played in his 18th career postseason game, tying Larry Brown (1972-83) for the fourth-most postseason games played in franchise history.
TE Heath Miller
• Registered five receptions for 60 yards.
S Ryan Mundy
• Made first career postseason start and forced a fumble with 7:35 remaining in the game that was recovered by LB LaMarr Woodley at the Pittsburgh 44-yard line.
• Including the regular season, it was the first forced fumble of his career.
LB LaMarr Woodley
• Recovered a fumble at the Pittsburgh 45-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, marking the second fumble recovery in the postseason of his career.
K Shaun Suisham
• Set a postseason career-high with three made field goals (37, 38, 45), previously making two field goals in a Wild Card Playoff Game against the Philadelphia Eagles on 1/9/10 while a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
P Jeremy Kapinos
• Recorded a postseason career long with 62-yard punt to the Denver 27-yard line in the second quarter, surpassing previous career long of 56 yards, registered during last year's Super Bowl versus Green Bay.