Steelers-Ravens Post-Game Notes

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STEELERS at RAVENS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2009 KICKOFF 8:20 P.M. M&T BANK STADIUM

POST-GAME NOTES

Pittsburgh Team Notes:

• The Steelers lost their third straight game on the season and fell to 6-5 on the season.

• Pittsburgh dropped to 16-11 all-time against the Ravens in the regular season, including a 7-7 record on the road.

• The loss snapped a two-game winning streak in the series for Pittsburgh.

• The Steelers fell to 2-4 on the road this season.

• Pittsburgh snapped a 13-game winning streak in primetime regular-season games under Head Coach Mike Tomlin. The Steelers are now 13-2 in primetime games under Tomlin.

• Pittsburgh fell to 13-13 all-time in Sunday night games.

• The Steelers dropped their second straight game against an AFC North opponent and Tomlin's record fell to 12-4 against divisional opponents in his career.

• Pittsburgh fell to 1-2 on the year in overtime games and 20-16-2 all-time in overtime games.

• After a three-and-out by Pittsburgh on the game's opening drive, Baltimore marched 73 yards on nine plays and RB Willie McGahee scored from two yards out to make it a 7-0 game at the 8:14 mark of the first quarter.

• Pittsburgh tied the game at 7-7 as QB Dennis Dixon, making his first career start, tossed a 33-yard touchdown strike to WR Santonio Holmeswith 14:11 remaining in the first half. It was Dixon's first career touchdown while it marked Holmes' second touchdown of the season.

• Baltimore regained the lead as QB Joe Flacco connected with WR Derrick Mason for 10-yard touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.

• The Steelers trimmed the lead to 14-10 with 9:09 left in the third quarter as K Jeff Reedbooted a 44-yard field goal.

• Pittsburgh grabbed its first lead of the game as Dixon had a 24-yard touchdown run with 6:24 remaining in the game to give Pittsburgh a 17-14 advantage.

• Baltimore responded on the ensuing drive and marched 84 yards and tied the game with 1:51 remaining on a 24-yard field goal by K Billy Cundiff.

• Pittsburgh was unable to gain a first down and the Ravens got the ball back with 1:17 to go in regulation. After driving to the Steelers' 34-yard line, LB James Farriorwas able to sack Flacco and force a fumble, which led to a missed 56-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime.

• In overtime on Pittsburgh's second possession, Dixon was intercepted by LB Paul Kruger and Kruger returned it 26 yards to the Steelers' 28-yard line. Six plays later, Cundiff sealed the Ravens' victory with a 29-yard field.

• Pittsburgh finished with 298 yards of total offense (153 rushing, 145 passing) to the Ravens' 393 (132 rushing, 261 passing).

• The Steelers had 16 first downs while allowing Baltimore to gain 21.

• Pittsburgh held the ball for 35:56 to the Ravens' 32:22.

• The Steelers were flagged five times for 59 yards and Baltimore was penalized nine times for 80 yards.

• Pittsburgh posted five sacks in the game, led by LB Lawrence Timmons' two. Farrior, LB LaMarr Woodleyand DE Travis Kirschkeeach had one.

QB Ben Roethlisberger (3rd QB), QB Charlie Batch, CB Keenan Lewis, S Troy Polamalu, OG Kraig Urbik, DE Sunny Harris, and DE Nick Easonwere inactive for the Steelers.

Pittsburgh Individual Notes:

QB Dennis Dixon

• Made his first career start and finished 12-of-26 for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interception (60.6 passer rating).

• Rushed three times for 27 yards (9.0 avg.).

• Tossed his first career touchdown, a 33-yarder to WR Santonio Holmes, in the second quarter to make it 7-7.

• Scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 24-yard run in the fourth quarter to give Pittsburgh a 17-14 lead.

RB Rashard Mendenhall

• Finished with a game-high 95 yards rushing on 24 carries (4.0 avg.), including a long of 15 yards.

• Had a 20-yard reception in the third quarter.

WR Hines Ward

• Finished with three receptions for 47 yards (15.7 avg.).

• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 173 consecutive games.

WR Santonio Holmes

• Finished with a team-high six catches for 74 yards (12.3 avg.).

• Hauled in his second touchdown of the season, a 33-yarder from Dixon early in the second quarter.

• Has scored a touchdown in five straight regular-season games against the Ravens (six including the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 18, 2009.

DE Brett Keisel

• Recovered his first fumble of the season in the fourth quarter.

• Posted two tackles.

DE Travis Kirschke

• Posted a five-yard sack, his first of the season (12.5 for his career; 8.5 with Pittsburgh).

• Finished with four tackles.

LB James Farrior

• Posted his third sack of the year on the Ravens' final offensive play of regulation, forcing a fumble on the play.

• Finished with six tackles (five solo) with one sack and one forced fumble.

LB LaMarr Woodley

• Posted a one-yard sack in the third quarter, giving him six on the year.

• Finished with seven tackles (all solo) with one sack.

LB Lawrence Timmons

• Posted an 11-yard sack in the third quarter.

• Posted an eight-yard sack (six for the year) in the fourth quarter and forced a fumble on the play (fourth this year).

• Marked his second multi-sack game of the season (Week 6 vs. Cleveland).

• Finished with seven tackles (five solo), two sacks and one forced fumble.

S Tyrone Carter

• Finished with seven tackles (five solo) with one fumble recovery.

• Recovered his first fumble of the year on the Ravens' first drive of the second half.

S Ryan Clark

• Had seven tackles (six solo).

CB William Gay

• Forced his first fumble of the season on the Ravens' first drive of the second half.

• Finished with a team-high eight tackles (all solo).

K Jeff Reed

• Booted a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter and finished with five points.

P Daniel Sepulveda

• Punted eight times and averaged 44.6 yards per punt, downing three inside the 20-yard line.

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