STEELERS at REDSKINS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2009 KICKOFF 1:00 P.M. HEINZ FIELD
Pittsburgh Team Notes:
• Pittsburgh lost its fourth straight game with the setback to the Raiders.
• The Steelers fell to 8-10 all-time against the Raiders in the regular season, including a 4-5 record at home.
• Pittsburgh fell to 2-2 against the Raiders at Heinz Field.
• Pittsburgh dropped its record to 4-2 at Heinz Field this season.
• Following a career-long 83-yard kickoff return by WR Stefan Loganto start the game, Pittsburgh grabbed a 3-0 lead four plays later on a 33-yard field goal by K Jeff Reed.
• Oakland responded on the ensuing drive and knotted the score at 3-3 as K Sebastian Janikowski booted a 48-yard field goal with 8:36 left in the first quarter.
• QB Ben Roethlisbergertossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to WR Santonio Holmesearly in the second quarter to give Pittsburgh a 10-3 lead. Roethlisberger led the two-play drive with a 27-yard pass to WR Hines Wardfollowed by the 34-yard touchdown to Holmes. It was Holmes' third receiving touchdown of the season and the second straight game with a touchdown catch (33-yard touchdown versus Baltimore in Week 12).
• The Raiders cut the lead to 10-6 with a 43-yard field goal by Janikowski with 8:17 left in the first half.
• After a scoreless third quarter, Oakland took its first lead of the game as QB Bruce Gradkowski hit WR Chaz Schilens for a 17-yard score with 8:21 left in the fourth quarter.
• Pittsburgh responded with a two-play, 60-yard scoring drive as Roethlisberger connected with Holmes for a 57-yard pass play and was followed by a three-yard touchdown run by RB Rashard Mendenhall, his team-leading fifth rushing touchdown of the season.
• Oakland struck right back with a three-play, 84-yard drive that was culminated with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Gradkowski to WR Louis Murphy with 5:28 remaining in the game.
• Roethlisberger led a seven-play, 80-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ward with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The touchdown gave Ward 484 career points, moving him into fifth place on the team's all-time scoring list ahead of Jerome Bettis, who finished his career with 482 points as a Steeler.
• The Raiders came right back with a 10-play, 88-yard drive that culminated with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Gradkowski to Murphy again, giving Oakland the 27-24 lead with nine seconds left.
• The Steelers outgained the Raiders 401-396 in total offense.
• Each team finished with 19 first downs.
• The Steelers converted just 33 percent (3 of 9) of their third-down attempts. Oakland converted 38 percent (6 of 16).
• Oakland held the ball for 32:49 to the Steelers' 27:11.
• The Steelers were penalized four times for 41 yards and Oakland was flagged nine times for 70 yards.
• The Steelers had three sacks (21 yards) while the Raiders sacked Roethlisberger just once. LB LaMarr Woodleyled Pittsburgh with two sacks.
• Pittsburgh has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 30 straight regular-season games and just three in the past 84 games.
• QB Tyler Palko (3rd QB), QB Charlie Batch, CB Keenan Lewis, S Troy Polamalu, OG Kraig Urbik, OT Tony Hills, DE Sunny Harris, and DE Travis Kirschkewere inactive for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Individual Notes:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Finished 18-of-24 for 278 yards with two touchdowns and one interception (123.3 passer rating).
• Tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to WR Santonio Holmes early in the second quarter.
• Connected with WR Hines Ward for an 11-yard touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
• Extended his club record with his 34th career 100-plus passer rating game.
• Has 3,145 passing yards this year, surpassing 3,000 yards for the fourth straight season, the most in team history.
RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Finished with 103 yards rushing on 20 carries (5.2 avg.) with one touchdown.
• Scored from three yards out in the fourth quarter, giving him a team-best fifth rushing touchdown of the season.
• Posted his third career 100-yard rushing game, all this season.
• Had a career-long 60-yard rush in the first quarter, which was also the longest run by Pittsburgh since RB Willie Parker had a 76-yard run against the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 12, 2006 at Heinz Field.
WR Hines Ward
• Finished with 77 yards receiving on six receptions (12.8 avg.) with one touchdown.
• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 174 consecutive games.
• Hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
• Has 484 career points, moving him into fifth place on the team's all-time scoring list ahead of Jerome Bettis, who finished his career with 482 points as a Steeler.
WR Santonio Holmes
• Finished with a team-high eight catches for a career-high 149 yards (18.6 avg.) with one touchdown.
• Had a 34-yard touchdown reception from Roethlisberger early in the second quarter, giving him three touchdowns on the year.
• Hauled in a 57-yard reception in the fourth quarter that led to a Steelers' touchdown on the following play.
• Posted his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and the seventh of his career.
• Eclipsed his single-season high for receiving yards as he now has 987 this year. His previous best was 945 receiving yards in 2007.
WR Stefan Logan
• Averaged 45.0 yards per kickoff return (three for 135 yards).
• Had a career-long 83-yard kickoff return on the opening kickoff of the game.
DE Brett Keisel
• Finished with eight tackles (four solo) and one QB hurry.
LB James Farrior
• Tallied eight tackles (four solo).
LB LaMarr Woodley
• Posted a 16-yard sack in the third quarter.
• Had a two-yard sack later in the third quarter, giving him eight on the year.
• Marked his sixth career game with at least six sacks and his third this season.
• Finished with eight tackles (six solo) with two sacks, three tackles for loss and three QB hurries.
LB Lawrence Timmons
• Tallied eight tackles (three solo) with one QB hurry.
LB James Harrison
• Finished with eight tackles (four solo) with one QB hurry.
S Tyrone Carter
• Totaled seven tackles (four solo) with one tackle for loss.
S Ryan Clark
• Finished with seven tackles (four solo).
P Daniel Sepulveda
• Averaged 43.3 yards per punt on three punts.
• Had a 53-yard punt in the second quarter that was downed at the five-yard line.
• Downed a total of two punts inside the 20-yard line.