Steelers-Ravens Post-Game Notes



Team Notes:
• Pittsburgh captured its fifth straight victory overall this year and moved to 11-3. The victory clinched the AFC North Division title and guaranteed the Steelers a first-round bye in the playoffs. It marked the Steelers' 19th division title since the merger in 1970, the most in the AFC during that time.
• The Steelers improved to 16-10 all-time against the Ravens and 7-6 on the road in the series in the regular season. The win in Baltimore snapped a five-game losing streak on the road in the series, marking the first Pittsburgh victory since a 31-18 win during the 2002 season.
• The Steelers swept the season series against the Ravens for the first time since 2002.
• Pittsburgh improved to a conference-best 9-1 against AFC opponents this year.
• The Steelers are 5-0 against AFC North Division opponents this year and have won 12 of their last 14 games within the division.
• Pittsburgh improved to 6-1 on the road this year and won its fifth straight away from Heinz Field.
• The Steelers have allowed 13 points or less in each game during their five-game winning streak.
• Pittsburgh won by four points or less for the fourth time this season.
• The announced crowd of 71,502 is a new record for a Baltimore franchise record.
• With the victory, Head Coach Mike Tomlinset a Steelers record with 21 wins in his first two seasons as head coach. He is the first Steelers coach to win division titles in his first two years.
• After a scoreless first quarter, Baltimore grabbed a 3-0 lead with 12:30 remaining in the first half as K Matt Stover hit a 28-yard field goal. The drive was set up by a 46-yard punt return by Jim Leonhard.
• The Steelers tied the game at 3-3 on the ensuing possession as K Jeff Reedbooted a 31-yard field goal with 5:44 remaining in the first half. The 14-play drive was highlighted by a 21-yard pass from QB Ben Roethlisbergerto WR Hines Wardand a 17-yard pass to TE Heath Milleron a third down.
• The Ravens grabbed a 6-3 lead with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter as Stover booted a 26-yard field goal.
WR Santonio Holmescaught a nine-yard pass deep in the Steelers' territory in the third quarter but fumbled it, which resulted in a 28-yard field goal by Stover to make it 9-3 with 6:02 left in the quarter.
• Reed trimmed the lead to 9-6 with 9:26 remaining in the game as he kicked a 30-yard field goal.
• The Steelers embarked on a game-winning touchdown drive from their own eight yard line with three and half minutes remaining. The drive ended with a four-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Holmes with less than a minute remaining in the game, marking Roethlisberger's 17th career regular-season fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory. During the 12-play, 92-yard drive, Roethlisberger was 7-for-11 for 89 yards and the touchdown. WR Nate Washingtoncaught three passes for 49 yards on the drive while Ward added two catches for 26 yards.
• Baltimore had one last chance to score a touchdown, but CB William Gaypicked off a QB Joe Flacco pass in the end zone with less than 20 seconds left in the game.
• For the 14th straight game this season, Pittsburgh did not allow its opponent to post 300 yards of total offense. The Steelers outgained the Ravens, 311-202. The 14 straight games ties the NFL record to start a season since the merger in 1970, tying the L.A. Rams (1973).
• The Steelers had 18 first downs while limiting the Ravens to just 12.
• Pittsburgh converted 8-of-17 third-down attempts (47%) and held Baltimore to just 29 percent (4 of 14).
• Each team was penalized six times (Pittsburgh 6-48; Baltimore 6-40).
• The Steelers posted two interceptions, including one each by S Ryan Clarkand Gay. Pittsburgh has seven interceptions in its last three games and at least one in each of the past six games, giving them 18 on the year.
• Pittsburgh has now outscored its past three opponents, 37-0, in the fourth quarter and captured its second straight win after trailing with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
• Pittsburgh finished with two sacks, one each by DE Aaron Smithand LB Lawrence Timmons.
QB Dennis Dixon (3rd QB), CB Fernando Bryant, LB Bruce Davis, OT Tony Hills,DT Scott Paxson, OT Marvel Smith, DE Orpheus Royeand DE Brett Keisel were inactive.
Individual Notes:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Finished 22-for-40 for 246 yards passing with one touchdown and no interceptions (81.9 passer rating). He also rushed four times for 21 yards (5.3 avg.).
• Engineered his 17th career regular-season, fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory with a 12-play drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown pass to WR Santonio Holmes with 43 seconds left in the game. On the drive, Roethlisberger was 7-for-11 for 89 yards and the touchdown.
• Became the first quarterback in NFL history to win 50 games in his first five seasons. He improved to 50-19 (.725) as a starting quarterback in the regular season.
• Improved to 22-4 (.846), including the postseason, against AFC North opponents, having won 10 straight games as the starter against such foes. He is 12-1 against the AFC North on the road.
• During the Steelers' five-game winning streak, Roethlisberger is 104-for-177 (58.8 percent) for 1,180 yards with five touchdowns and one interception (85.9 passer rating).
RB Willie Parker
• Finished with a team-high 47 yards rushing on 14 carries (3.4 avg.) and was named a co-captain for the game against the Ravens.
• Caught two passes for nine yards (4.5 avg.).
RB Mewelde Moore
• Rushed seven times for 16 yards (2.3 avg.) and returned one kickoff for 21 yards.
RB Gary Russell
• Had one carry for one yard, resulting in a first down on a third-and-one attempt.
WR Hines Ward
• Finished with a game-high 107 yards receiving on eight receptions (13.4 avg.), including a long of 30 yards.
• The 107 yards marked his 19th career 100-yard receiving game and his third this season.
• Became the first receiver in team history to reach 10,000 career total yards from scrimmage as he now has 10,031 yards.
• Caught two passes for 26 yards on the team's game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 160 consecutive games.
WR Santonio Holmes
• Finished with three catches for 21 yards (7.0 avg.), including the game-winning four-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left in the game.
• Returned three punts for five yards (1.7 avg.).
WR Nate Washington
• Had an 18-yard reception late in the first quarter on a third-and-eight play.
• Tallied three catches for 49 yards on the game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
• Finished with five catches for 76 yards (15.2 avg.), including a long of 24 yards.
OT Max Starks
• Made his ninth straight start in place of the injured OT Marvel Smith.
DE Travis Kirschke
• Made his third straight start in place of the injured DE Brett Keisel.
• Finished with seven tackles (four solo).
DE Aaron Smith
• Posted an 11-yard sack in the third quarter, giving him 5.5 on the year and 42 for his career. The 42 sacks rank eighth on the team's all-time sacks list.
• Finished with eight tackles (seven solo) and was credited with two QB hurries.
LB James Farrior
• Posted a game-high 12 tackles (eight solo) with one pass defense.
LB Lawrence Timmons
• Posted his fifth sacks of the season and a forced fumble on Ravens' QB Joe Flacco in the fourth quarter, knocking them out of potential field-goal range.
• Finished with four tackles (all solo).
S Ryan Clark

• Picked off his first pass of the season late in the first quarter.
• Finished with six tackles (two solo).
CB William Gay
• Posted his first career interception on the Ravens' last drive of the game, securing the Steelers' victory.
K Jeff Reed
• Finished a perfect 2-for-2 in FG attempts and 1-for-1 in PATs for seven points.
• Booted a 31-yard field goal with 5:44 remaining in the first half to tie the score at 3-3.

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