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