STEELERS at PATRIOTS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2008 KICKOFF -- 4:15 P.M.
Steelers (8-3) at Patriots (7-4)
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) at New England Patriots (7-4)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008
Kickoff: 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Site: Gillette Stadium (68,756) • Foxborough, Mass.
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
TV Coverage: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) Dan Dierdorf (color analyst)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)
**A Look at the Coaches
*Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall Regular-season Record: 18-9 (.667)/second season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 18-9 (.667)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-1/one year
New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
Overall Regular-season Record: 134-85 (.612)/12th season
Regular-season Record at New England: 98-41 (.705)/eighth season
Playoff Record/Years: 15-4/seven years
Series History: Series began in 1972
**Overall: Pittsburgh leads 12-7
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 9-5
At New England: Pittsburgh leads 3-2
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 9, 2007 (in New England)
New England 34, Pittsburgh 13
Postseason Series: New England leads 3-1
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh owns a 12-7 all-time record against the New England Patriots in the regular season and a 1-3 mark in the postseason...the Steelers are 3-2 in New England...Pittsburgh is 0-2 all-time at Gillette Stadium...Pittsburgh has not won in New England since a 24-21 overtime victory in 1997...the Steelers snapped the Patriots' NFL-record 18-game regular-season winning streak in 2004 with a 34-20 victory at Heinz Field on Oct. 31...New England has won six of the past seven games in the series, including victories in the 2001 and 2004 AFC Championship games, both in Pittsburgh...prior to their 34-20 victory in 2004, the last time that the Steelers defeated the Patriots was 7-6 on Jan. 3, 1997 in the AFC Divisional Game at Three Rivers Stadium...the Steelers are 9-5 overall against the Patriots at home in the regular season...Pittsburgh and New England have met four times in the postseason and the Steelers are 1-3 in those games, including a 1-2 record at home...the Steelers defeated the Patriots, 7-6, on Jan. 3, 1998, in the AFC Divisional Playoffs...however, Pittsburgh lost, 24-17, to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Jan. 27, 2002, and 41-27 in the 2004 AFC Championship Game.
Steelers-Patriots Connections: Several Steelers have ties to New England and the Patriots. Steelers assistant head coach/defensive line John Mitchell coached with the Cleveland Browns (1991-93) under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who was Cleveland's head coach (1991-95) at the time. LB James Harrisonplayed under Patriots linebackers coach Dean Pees (head coach) at Kent State. Patriots with connections to the Steelers and Western Pennsylvania include LB Mike Vrabel, who played with the Steelers from 1997-00. TE Kyle Bradyplayed at Penn State.
*What To Look For
*PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• The Steelers look to improve to 13-8 all-time against the Patriots in the regular season.
• The Steelers look for their first win on the road against the Patriots since a 24-21 victory in overtime in 1997.
• The Steelers are looking to snap a two-game regular-season losing streak against New England.
• The Steelers look to improve to 8-1 against AFC opponents this year.
• The Steelers look to improve to 4-2 in New England in the all-time regular-season series.
• The Steelers look to improve to 5-1 on the road this year.
• The Steelers need three victories to become the first AFC team to reach 550 total victories. Pittsburgh's all-time record is 547-519-21.
*PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
* QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Needs 767 passing yards to become the first Steelers' quarterback with three straight 3,000-yard seasons. QB Terry Bradshaw had two consecutive in 1979-80.
• Needs five touchdown passes to become just the second quarterback in team history to throw 100 career touchdown passes (Terry Bradshaw - 212). Roethlisberger currently has 95 career touchdown passes.
• Needs one 300-yard passing game to move into sole possession of first place on the team's all-time list ahead of Tommy Maddox. Roethlisberger currently has six.
*WR Hines Ward
• *Needs 115 yards from scrimmage to reach 10,000 total yards for his career. He currently has 9,885 total yards from scrimmage (9,455 receiving, 430 rushing).
• Needs 27 receptions for 800 in his career.
*RB Willie Parker
• *Needs one rushing touchdown to move into sole possession of eighth place for rushing touchdowns on the team's all-time list with Rocky Bleier. Parker currently has 23 rushing touchdowns.
*TE Heath Miller
• *Needs one touchdown reception to pass Bennie Cunningham (20) for third on team's all-time touchdowns list for a tight end. Miller currently has 20 receiving touchdowns.
*K Jeff Reed
• Needs six points to become just the third player in team history to reach 700 points for his career. Reed currently has 694 career points, trailing Gary Anderson (1,343) and Roy Gerela (731).
LB James Harrison
• Needs 3.5 sacks to break the team's single-season sacks' record set by Mike Merriweather in 1987. Harrison currently has 12 sacks in 2008 while Merriweather finished with 15 in 1984.