2010 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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2010 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Mike Tomlin
General manager Kevin Colbert
Owner The Rooney Family
Home field Heinz Field
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st AFC North
Playoff finish

Won AFC Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 31–24

Won AFC Championship Playoffs (Jets) 24–19
Lost Super Bowl XLV (Packers) 25–31
Pro Bowlers OLB James Harrison
DE Brett Keisel
SS Troy Polamalu
C Maurkice Pouncey
(Did not participate due to participation in Super Bowl XLV)
AP All-Pros James Harrison (1st team)
Troy Polamalu (1st team)
Maurkice Pouncey (2nd team)
Team MVP Troy Polamalu
Team ROY Maurkice Pouncey
Timeline
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The 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the team's 78th season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League and the eleventh season under the leadership of general manager Kevin Colbert and the fourth under head coach Mike Tomlin.

They reached Super Bowl XLV for the franchise's 8th Super Bowl appearance, but lost to the Green Bay Packers 31–25.

The Steelers allowed the fewest points in the NFL in 2010, with 232 (14.5 points per game).[1]

Off-season[edit]

In 2009, the Steelers had finished with a 9–7 record in a tie for second place in the AFC North, falling short of the Playoffs. The Steelers played all of their home games at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The off-season was marked by the trade of Santonio Holmes, and the six game suspension (then reduced to four games) of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for off-the-field issues.

The team did not re-sign free agent running back Willie Parker, who had been with the team since 2004. They added receiver Antwaan Randle El and linebacker Larry Foote, who were both with the team for their Super Bowl XL victory.

Coaching staff & front-office changes[edit]

Coaching staff turnover

The disappointing outcome of the 2009 season brought about the first significant changes in the team's coaching staff since the hiring of Mike Tomlin in 2007. Offensive line coach Larry Zierlein and special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky were dismissed on January 6, 2010.[2] Additionally, quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson announced his retirement on January 5, 2010.[3] All three men had served in the same roles for the three years since Tomlin assembled his initial staff.

Defensive quality control coach Lou Spanos left to become the linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins.[4] Spanos had been on the defensive coaching staff since 1995.[5] Jerry Olsavsky was hired to replace Spanos. Olsavsky had coached linebackers at Youngstown State University for the previous seven seasons following a ten-year NFL career as a linebacker, primarily with the Steelers.[6]

Sean Kugler was hired to replace Zierlein as the offensive line coach. Kugler had until recently served in a similar capacity with the Buffalo Bills.[7]

Al Everest filled the vacancy as special teams coordinator left by Ligashesky's dismissal. Everest has nearly 40 years of professional and college coaching experience, including the last fourteen coaching special teams for three NFL clubs. He served most recently as the special teams coach of the San Francisco 49ers. In 2002 Everest was named the NFL's Special Teams Coach of the Year for his work with the New Orleans Saints.[8]

Randy Fichtner stepped into the quarterbacks coach post vacated by Anderson's retirement. Fichtner had coached the team's wide receivers since Tomlin's arrival in 2007 and Bruce Arians' promotion from that position to offensive coordinator. Scottie Montgomery was hired as the new wide receivers coach. Montgomery had coached receivers at his alma mater, Duke University, for the past four seasons, following an NFL and Arena Football playing career.[9]

Front office changes

The team lost pro scouting coordinator Doug Whaley who left to become the assistant general manager of the Buffalo Bills. Whaley had been in his position with the Steelers since 1999.[10] Brandon Hunt was hired as Whaley's replacement in a return to the Steelers – Hunt had served as a scouting intern with the club in 2005 and 2006. He spent the previous two seasons as a scout with the Houston Texans.[11]

Roethlisberger suspension[edit]

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in April that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended for up to six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The commissioner also ordered Roethlisberger to undergo a behavioral analysis. On September 3, Goodell reduced the suspension to four games based on the results of the analysis and Roethlisberger's behavior in the interim period.[12] Roethlisberger had been accused of sexual assault in two separate incidents in 2009 and 2010, though criminal charges were not brought against him in either case.[13]

Practice jersey sponsor[edit]

Communications giant Comcast, the largest cable television provider in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area (as well as Pittsburgh Tri-State), signed on to place ads for its Xfinity bundled service on the Steelers' practice jerseys.[14] (The NFL had previously allowed teams to sell ad space on the practice jerseys in 2009.) Comcast has been an official team sponsor since 2002, when Comcast entered the Pittsburgh market through its acquisition of AT&T Broadband.

Roster changes[edit]

Departed players[edit]

Unrestricted free agents (UFAs) signed by other teams
Exclusive rights free agents
Players remaining unsigned

New players[edit]

Unrestricted free agents signed from other teams

Retained players[edit]

Unrestricted free agents re-signed
Restricted free agents re-signed

Steelers made qualifying offers (tenders) which were accepted by these players, and the players were not signed by another team before the end of the restricted free agency period on April 15.[27] These players are therefore retained by the Steelers.

Trades[edit]

Players traded away
Players added via trade

2010 Draft class[edit]

The Steelers selected ten players in the 2010 NFL Draft which took place over three days in late April. The selections consisted of two offensive linemen, three linebackers, two wide receivers, a cornerback and a running back. All of the team's draftees attended the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.[28] The first round selection, Pouncey, and the wide receivers Sanders and Brown were the only selections from among the thirty players the team had brought in for pre-draft visits.[29]

The Steelers made one trade during the draft, re-acquiring cornerback Bryant McFadden from the Arizona Cardinals. The deal sent the fifth round selection (pick number 155) which the Steelers had acquired in the Santonio Holmes trade to the Cardinals in exchange for McFadden and a sixth round selection (pick number 195).

After the completion of the draft the team signed nine undrafted free agents.

2010 Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Selections[30]
Rd Pick # Player Pos Ht Wt College Status
1 00118 Pouncey, MaurkiceMaurkice Pouncey C / G 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 312 lb (142 kg) Florida Signed (5 year)
2 05252 Worilds, JasonJason Worilds OLB 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 254 lb (115 kg) Virginia Tech Signed (4 year)
3 08282 Sanders, EmmanuelEmmanuel Sanders WR 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 186 lb (84 kg) SMU Signed (3 year)
4 116 Gibson, ThaddeusThaddeus Gibson OLB 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 243 lb (110 kg) Ohio State Signed (3 year)
5 151 Scott, ChrisChris Scott G 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 319 lb (145 kg) Tennessee Signed (3 year); placed on reserve/PUP list at start of season
5 155[a] ZZZTraded to the Arizona Cardinals for CB Bryant McFadden and pick No. 195 (below)
5 164[b] Butler, CrezdonCrezdon Butler CB 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 191 lb (87 kg) Clemson Signed (3 year)
5 166[b] Sylvester, StevensonStevenson Sylvester LB 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 231 lb (105 kg) Utah Signed (3 year)
6 188 Dwyer, JonathanJonathan Dwyer RB 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 229 lb (104 kg) Georgia Tech Signed (3 year)
6 195[c] Brown, AntonioAntonio Brown WR 5 ft 10.125 in (1.78 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Central Michigan Signed (3 year)
7 225 ZZZTraded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for QB Byron Leftwich
7 242[b] Worthington, DougDoug Worthington DE 6 ft 5.125 in (1.96 m) 292 lb (132 kg) Ohio State Signed (3 year); released after final pre-season game in cut-down to 53-man roster;[20] added to practice squad, then dropped from the practice squad one day later[31]

Notes:

a from the NY Jets for Santonio Holmes[32]
b compensatory selection
c from Arizona Cardinals with CB Bryant McFadden for pick No. 155 (24th pick of Round 6)

Undrafted Free Agents[edit]

2010 Pittsburgh Steelers Undrafted Free Agents
Player Position Height Weight College Status Ref.
Taylor, DemetriusDemetrius Taylor FB 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 273 lb (124 kg) Virginia Tech Released in first week of training camp [33]
Brooks, DorrianDorrian Brooks G 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 306 lb (139 kg) James Madison Released after final pre-season game in cut-down to 53-man roster;[26] added to practice squad[31] [33]
Thornton, JustinJustin Thornton S 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 213 lb (97 kg) Kansas Released after final pre-season game in cut-down to 53-man roster[26] [33]
Cromartie-Smith, Da'MonDa'Mon Cromartie-Smith S 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) UTEP Released prior to training camp; re-signed after Tuff Harris injury; released again after final pre-season game in cut-down to 53-man roster;[20] added to practice squad[31] [33]
Jolly, KyleKyle Jolly OT 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 300 lb (140 kg) North Carolina Released after final pre-season game in cut-down to 53-man roster;[26] added to practice squad[31] [33]
Thompson, CordarrowCordarrow Thompson DT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 301 lb (137 kg) Virginia Tech Released prior to training camp [33]
Trump, A.J.A.J. Trump C / G 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 300 lb (140 kg) Miami Released prior to training camp [33][34]
Witten, LindseyLindsey Witten DE 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 260 lb (120 kg) UConn Released prior to training camp [35]
Vierling, BradleyBradley Vierling C 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 295 lb (134 kg) Vanderbilt Released prior to training camp [36]

Camps and Organized Team Activities (OTAs)[edit]

The Steelers official off-season training sessions were held on the following dates:

Activity Dates
OTA April 19–20
Mini-camp April 30 – May 2
OTA May 18–20
OTA June 1–3
OTA June 8–10

Training Camp[edit]

The team's 80-man roster at the start of training camp looked like this:

Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 Training Camp roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
Roster updated July 30, 2010

80 Active, 2 Inactive

Coaching staff[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final Roster[edit]

2010 Pittsburgh Steelers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Steelers preseason schedule was announced on March 31, 2010.[37]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 Sat. Aug. 14 7:30 p.m. Detroit Lions W 23–7 1–0 Heinz Field KDKA Recap
2 Sat. Aug. 21 7:00 p.m. at New York Giants W 24–17 2–0 New Meadowlands Stadium KDKA Recap
3 Sun. Aug. 29 8:00 p.m. at Denver Broncos L 17–34 2–1 Invesco Field at Mile High FOX Recap
4 Thu. Sep. 2 7:30 p.m. Carolina Panthers W 19–3 3–1 Heinz Field KDKA Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Per the NFL's predetermined scheduling formula, the Steelers played every team in the AFC East and NFC South, the teams from the AFC South and West who finished in the same position as the Steelers in 2009 (third), and their usual AFC North division rivals.

The Steelers played a Sunday night game on October 31 against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in a game which conflicted with game four of baseball's World Series. This marked the first time the NFL has scheduled a Sunday night game opposite a World Series contest that is not a seventh game.[38] The league explained that the decision of which game to show in this time slot was made with an eye toward minimizing the possibility that one of the competitors would be from the same market as a team participating in the World Series — New Orleans has no Major League Baseball team and the Pittsburgh Pirates were considered long shots to participate in the post-season (and indeed, they posted the worst record in Major League Baseball in 2010). There was also a feeling among the schedulers that the Steelers have a following independent of other sports. Additionally, while the Saints are the defending Super Bowl champions, the Steelers had won Super Bowl XLIII the season before.[39] The game was considered for the NFL Kickoff game, but before the Saints eventual opponent (the Minnesota Vikings) was announced, the Steelers publicly declined the offer due to the Pirates being scheduled to play at nearby PNC Park during Weeks 2 and 3 of the Steelers season, and the fact that the two teams prefer not to play in Pittsburgh on the same day due to parking issues along Pittsburgh's North Side, where both PNC Park and Heinz Field are located.[40] The Steelers hosted the Atlanta Falcons in their season opener instead.

The Steelers' only Monday Night Football appearance occurred on November 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Although it is generally unusual to have more than two consecutive home or away games, the Steelers schedule featured three consecutive away games (weeks 7–9) and three consecutive home games (weeks 14–16).

The team brought back their throwback uniform for a fourth year. It was worn October 17 against the Cleveland Browns and November 14 against the New England Patriots.[41] This marked the first season since the uniforms were introduced in 2007 that the Steelers did not wear their throwback uniform against the rival Baltimore Ravens.

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 Sun. Sep. 12 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons W 15–9 OT 1–0 Heinz Field FOX Recap
2 Sun. Sep. 19 1:00 p.m. at Tennessee Titans W 19–11 2–0 LP Field CBS Recap
3 Sun. Sep. 26 1:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 38–13 3–0 Raymond James Stadium CBS Recap
4 Sun. Oct. 3 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens L 14–17 3–1 Heinz Field CBS Recap
5 Bye
6 Sun. Oct. 17 1:00 p.m. Cleveland Browns W 28–10 4–1 Heinz Field CBS Recap
7 Sun. Oct. 24 1:00 p.m. at Miami Dolphins W 23–22 5–1 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
8 Sun. Oct. 31 8:20 p.m. at New Orleans Saints L 10–20 5–2 Louisiana Superdome NBC Recap
9 Mon. Nov. 8 8:30 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals W 27–21 6–2 Paul Brown Stadium ESPN Recap
10 Sun. Nov. 14 8:20 p.m. New England Patriots L 26–39 6–3 Heinz Field NBC Recap
11 Sun. Nov. 21 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders W 35–3 7–3 Heinz Field CBS Recap
12 Sun. Nov. 28 1:00 p.m. at Buffalo Bills W 19–16 OT 8–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
13 Sun. Dec. 5 8:20 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens W 13–10 9–3 M&T Bank Stadium NBC Recap
14 Sun. Dec. 12 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals W 23–7 10–3 Heinz Field CBS Recap
15 Sun. Dec. 19 4:15 p.m. New York Jets L 17–22 10–4 Heinz Field CBS Recap
16 Thu. Dec. 23 8:20 p.m. Carolina Panthers W 27–3 11–4 Heinz Field NFLN Recap
17 Sun. Jan. 2 1:00 p.m. at Cleveland Browns W 41–9 12–4 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
Note: Bold indicates division games.

Standings[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Pittsburgh Steelers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 375 232 W2
(5) Baltimore Ravens 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 357 270 W4
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 271 332 L3
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 322 395 L1

Regular season results[edit]

Week 1: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week 1: Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Falcons 0 3 3 3 0 9
Steelers 3 0 3 3 6 15

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 52 yard field goal, Steelers 3–0, Drive: 11 plays, 40 yards, 7:09.
2nd quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 49 yard field goal, Tied 3–3, Drive: 4 plays, 24 yards, 0:17.
3rd quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 39 yard field goal, Falcons 6–3, Drive: 13 plays, 56 yards, 4:20.
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 36 yard field goal, Tied 6–6, Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards, 3:47.
4th quarter
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 34 yard field goal, Steelers 9–6, Drive: 10 plays, 67 yards, 5:07.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 23 yard field goal, Tied 9–9, Drive: 13 plays, 64 yards, 5:30.
Overtime
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 50 yard run, Steelers 15–9, Drive: 1 plays, 50 yards, 0:11.
Top passers
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 27/44, 252 yards, 1 interception
  • PIT – Dennis Dixon – 18/26, 236 yards, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Steelers began their season at home in an interconference duel with the Atlanta Falcons. Pittsburgh delivered the opening punch in the first quarter as kicker Jeff Reed made a 52-yard field goal. The Falcons would answer in the second quarter with kicker Matt Bryant making a 49-yard field goal.

Atlanta would take the lead in the third quarter with Bryant's 39-yard field goal, but Pittsburgh would tie the game on Reed's 36-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers would regain the lead as Reed got a 34-yard field goal. However, the Falcons would respond as Bryant nailed a 23-yard field goal. In overtime, Pittsburgh made quick work of their lone possession as running back Rashard Mendenhall got the game-ending 50-yard touchdown run.

With the win, the Steelers not only began their season at 1–0, but they also picked up their eighth consecutive opening day win.

Week 2: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week 2: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 6 0 6 19
Titans 3 0 0 8 11

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information
1st quarter
  • PIT – Antonio Brown 89 yard kickoff return (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 7–0, Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:14.
  • TEN – Rob Bironas 21 yard field goal, Steelers 7–3, Drive: 6 plays, 34 yards, 2:52.
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 36 yard field goal, Steelers 10–3, Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 6:33.
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 34 yard field goal, Steelers 13–3, Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:36.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 25 yard field goal, Steelers 16–3, Drive: 8 plays, 28 yards, 4:53.
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 27 yard field goal, Steelers 19–3, Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 1:33.
  • TEN – Nate Washington 2 yard pass from Kerry Collins (Kerry Collins – Kenny Britt pass), Steelers 19–11, Drive: 17 plays, 85 yards, 4:01.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to maintain their winning streak, the Steelers flew to LP Field for an AFC Duel with the Titans. The Steelers wasted no time getting the early lead when on the opening kickoff, Mewelde Moore handed the ball off to rookie wide receiver Antonio Brown, who returned it 89 yards for a touchdown. Tennessee would cut the lead when Rob Bironas nailed a 21-yard field goal. Throughout the rest of the game, Pittsburgh scored steadily with kicker Jeff Reed, who hit field goals of 36, 34, 25, and 27 yards, putting the Steelers up 19–3. The Titans finally scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter with a Kerry Collins 2-yard pass to former Steeler Nate Washington, and successfully converted the 2-point conversion and onside kick necessary to give themselves the chance to tie the game on the final drive. However, Pittsburgh's defense was able to stop Chris Johnson on a reception as the clock ran out, sealing the victory.

Starting quarterback Dennis Dixon sprained his left knee during the second quarter and was replaced by Charlie Batch, but the Steelers defense swarmed the Titans, coming up with four sacks and forcing seven turnovers, the most by Tennessee since 2000.

The Titans pulled their starting QB, Vince Young, after his third turnover. After replacing Young, Kerry Collins had two turnovers of his own.

Pittsburgh also ended Tennessee running back Chris Johnson's 100-yard rushing streak at 12 games. The NFL's rushing champion had a chance to move one game away from the league record of 14 held by Barry Sanders, but he finished with just 16 carries for 34 yards.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison had three sacks, forced a fumble and recovered another. Safety Troy Polamalu was credited for an interception and an impressive leaping tackle on Kerry Collins during an attempted goal-line stand by the Steelers to win the game and improve to 2–0.

Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 21 3 7 38
Buccaneers 3 3 0 7 13

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • TB – Connor Barth 24 yard field goal, Steelers 7–6, Drive: 15 plays, 74 yards, 8:45.
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 3 yard run (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 14–6, Drive: 6 plays, 67 yards, 3:49.
  • PIT – Mile Wallace 41 yard pass from Charlie Batch (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 21–6, Drive: 2 plays, 44 yards, 0:47.
  • PIT – Hines Ward 9 yard pass from Charlie Batch (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 28–6, Drive: 11 plays, 79 yards, 4:02.
3rd quarter
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 24 yard field goal, Steelers 31–6, Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 4:21.
4th quarter
  • PIT – Brett Keisel 79 yard interception return (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 38–6.
  • TB – LeGarrette Blount 1 yard run (Connor Barth kick), Steelers 38–13, Drive: 10 plays, 68 yards, 4:09.
Top passers
  • PIT – Charlie Batch – 12/17, 186 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • TB – Josh Freeman – 20/31, 184 yards, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their road win over the Titans, the Steelers flew to Raymond James Stadium for a Week 3 interconference duel with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With quarterback Dennis Dixon recovering from injury, veteran quarterback Charlie Batch made his first start since Week 17 of the 2007 season.

Pittsburgh trailed early in the first quarter as Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth got a 40-yard field goal following a Batch interception. Afterwards, the Steelers would answer as Batch completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace. Tampa Bay would respond in the second quarter as Barth nailed a 24-yard field goal, but Pittsburgh would strike back, beginning with a 3-yard touchdown run from running back Rashard Mendenhall. Batch would then find Wallace again on a 41-yard touchdown pass, followed by his 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hines Ward.

The Steelers would pull away in the second half as kicker Jeff Reed booted a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter, followed by defensive end Brett Keisel returning an interception 79 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Buccaneers would close out the game as running back LeGarrette Blount got a 1-yard touchdown run.

With the win, the Steelers got their first 3–0 start since 2007.

Week 4: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week 4: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 10 0 7 17
Steelers 7 0 0 7 14

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • BAL – Willis McGahee 9 yard run (Billy Cundiff kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 8 plays, 83 yards, 3:35.
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 33 yard field goal, Ravens 10–7, Drive: 14 plays, 48 yards, 5:20.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 7 yard run (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 14–10, Drive: 13 plays, 93 yards, 6:52.
  • BAL – T.J. Houshmandzadeh 18 yard pass from Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 17–14, Drive: 4 plays, 40 yards, 0:36.
Top passers
  • BAL – Joe Flacco – 24/37, 256 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • PIT – Charlie Batch – 12/21, 141 yards, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their impressive road win over the Buccaneers, the Steelers went home for an AFC North duel with the Baltimore Ravens. Pittsburgh would deliver the opening punch in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Rashard Mendenhall. The Ravens would take the lead in the second quarter as running back Willis McGahee got a 9-yard touchdown run, followed by kicker Billy Cundiff getting a 33-yard field goal. After a scoreless third quarter, the Steelers would regain the lead as Mendenhall picked up a 7-yard touchdown run. However, Baltimore would get the last laugh as quarterback Joe Flacco completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T. J. Houshmandzadeh with 33 seconds remaining. The Steelers would get the ball back with 20 seconds remaining but quarterback Charlie Batch threw a pass that was picked off by linebacker Ray Lewis, effectively ending the game.

With the loss, Pittsburgh went into their bye week at 3–1.

Week 6: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week 6: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 0 0 7 10
Steelers 0 7 7 14 28

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
  • CLE – (1:51) Phil Dawson 39 yard field goal, Browns 3–0, Drive: 7 plays, 14 yards, 4:16.
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
  • PIT – (3:13) Hines Ward 8 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 14–3, Drive: 5 plays, 96 yards, 1:59.
4th quarter
  • PIT – (5:50) Rashard Mendenhall 2 yard run (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 21–3, Drive: 4 plays, 13 yards, 2:00.
  • CLE – (4:09) Benjamin Watson 12 yard pass from Colt McCoy (Phil Dawson kick), Steelers 21–10, Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards, 1:41.
  • PIT – (1:25) Heath Miller 14 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 28–10, Drive: 3 plays, 18 yards, 0:17.
Top passers
  • CLE – Colt McCoy – 23/33, 281 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • PIT – Ben Roethlisberger – 16/27, 257 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • CLE – T.J. Ward – 6 tackles, 4 assists
  • PIT – James Harrison – 9 tackles, 2 assists, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Coming off their bye week, the Steelers stayed at home, donned their throwback uniforms, and played their Week 6 AFC North duel with their arch rival, the Cleveland Browns, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made his season debut following his four-game suspension.

Pittsburgh trailed in the first quarter as Browns kicker Phil Dawson got a 39-yard field goal. The Steelers answered in the second quarter as Roethlisberger found wide receiver Mike Wallace on a 29-yard touchdown pass.

The Steelers added onto their lead in the third quarter as Roethlisberger connected with wide receiver Hines Ward on an 8-yard touchdown pass. In the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh continued its dominating day as running back Rashard Mendenhall got a 2-yard touchdown run. Cleveland tried to rally as quarterback Colt McCoy completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Benjamin Watson, but the Steelers pulled away as Roethlisberger connected with tight end Heath Miller on a 14-yard touchdown pass.

With the win, Pittsburgh improved to 4–1.

Week 7: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 17 3 3 23
Dolphins 6 10 3 3 22

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
1st quarter
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 39 yard field goal, Dolphins 3–0, Drive: 4 plays, 1 yards, 0:51.
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 23 yard field goal, Dolphins 6–0, Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:53.
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 22 yard field goal, Dolphins 6–3, Drive: 13 plays, 86 yards, 8:20.
  • PIT – Hines Ward 21 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 10–6, Drive: 5 plays, 34 yards, 1:44.
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 22 yard field goal, Steelers 10–9, Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 5:08.
  • PIT – Mike Wallace 53 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 17–9, Drive: 1 plays, 53 yards, 0:16.
  • MIA – Davone Bess 26 yard pass from Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter kick), Steelers 17–16, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:57.
3rd quarter
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 39 yard field goal, Steelers 20–16, Drive: 10 plays, 46 yards, 5:32.
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 37 yard field goal, Steelers 20–19, Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:24.
4th quarter
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 40 yard field goal, Dolphins 22–20, Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 3:27.
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 18 yard field goal, Steelers 23–22, Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 2:51.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • PIT – Hines Ward – 7 receptions, 131 yards, 1 touchdown
  • MIA – Davone Bess – 6 receptions, 66 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

Coming off their home win over the Browns, the Steelers flew to Sun Life Stadium for a Week 4 intraconference duel with the Miami Dolphins. Pittsburgh trailed in the first quarter as Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter made a 39-yard and a 23-yard field goal. The Steelers took the lead in the second quarter with a 22-yard field goal from kicker Jeff Reed, followed by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hooking up with wide receiver Hines Ward on a 21-yard touchdown pass. Miami answered with Carpenter getting a 22-yard field goal, yet Pittsburgh came right back as Roethlisberger found wide receiver Mike Wallace on a 53-yard touchdown pass. The Dolphins would close out the half with quarterback Chad Henne completing a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Davone Bess.

In the third quarter, the Steelers added onto their lead as Reed booted a 39-yard field goal. Miami answered with Carpenter making a 37-yard field goal. Miami retook the lead in the fourth quarter as Carpenter got a 40-yard field goal, yet Pittsburgh struck back as Reed got an 18-yard field goal. The Dolphins tried to rally, but the Pittsburgh defense stiffened and held for the victory.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 5–1.

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week 8: Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 7 10
Saints 0 3 3 14 20

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Coming off their road win over the Dolphins, the Steelers flew to the Louisiana Superdome for a Week 8 interconference duel with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. After a scoreless first quarter, Pittsburgh struck first in the second quarter with a 19-yard field goal from kicker Jeff Reed. The Saints answered with a 31-yard field goal from kicker Garrett Hartley.

New Orleans took the lead as Hartley got a 23-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Saints increased their lead as quarterback Drew Brees completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marques Colston. The Steelers responded with a 38-yard touchdown run from running back Rashard Mendenhall, but New Orleans struck back with Brees completing an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Lance Moore.

With the loss, Pittsburgh fell to 5–2.

Week 9: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week 9: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 10 0 7 27
Bengals 0 7 0 14 21

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
1st quarter
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 1 yard run (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 7–0, Drive: 4 plays, 25 yards, 1:55.
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 25 yard field goal, Steelers 10–0, Drive: 6 plays, 23 yards, 2:17.
2nd quarter
  • CIN – Terrel Owens 19 yard pass from Carson Palmer (Mike Nugent kick), Steelers 10–7, Drive: 4 plays, 38 yards, 2:05.
  • PIT – Hines Ward 8 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 17–7, Drive: 6 plays, 52 yards, 3:03.
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 53 yard field goal, Steelers 20–7, Drive: 5 plays, 24 yards, 0:40.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • PIT – Mike Wallace 39 yard pass from Antwaan Randle El (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 27–7, Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 2:40.
  • CIN – Terrel Owens 27 yard pass from Carson Palmer (Mike Nugent kick), Steelers 27–14, Drive: 5 plays, 66 yards, 1:38.
  • CIN – Cedric Benson 1 yard run (Mike Nugent kick), Steelers 27–21, Drive: 2 plays, 36 yards, 1:01.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • PIT – Mike Wallace – 5 receptions, 110 yards, 1 touchdown
  • CIN – Terrel Owens – 10 receptions, 141 yards, 2 touchdowns
Top tacklers

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Saints, the Steelers flew to Paul Brown Stadium for a Week 9 AFC North duel with the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. Pittsburgh delivered the opening strike in the first quarter as running back Rashard Mendenhall got a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by a 25-yard field goal from kicker Jeff Reed. The Bengals answered in the second quarter as quarterback Carson Palmer completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Terrell Owens, yet the Steelers responded with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hooking up with wide receiver Hines Ward on an 8-yard touchdown pass, followed by Reed's 53-yard field goal. After a scoreless third quarter, Pittsburgh added onto their lead in the fourth quarter as wide receiver Antwaan Randle El found wide receiver Mike Wallace on a 39-yard touchdown pass. Cincinnati tried to rally as Palmer completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Owens, followed by running back Cedric Benson getting a 1-yard touchdown run, thanks in no small part to two consecutive penalties called against the Steelers, both of which were later deemed by the NFL to have been incorrect.[42] Fortunately, the defense held on to preserve the victory.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 6–2.

Week 10: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week 10: New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 10 0 13 16 39
Steelers 0 3 0 23 26

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
Scoring summary
1st quarter
  • NE – Rob Gronkowski 19 yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 7–0, Drive: 8 plays, 70 yards, 4:07.
  • NE – Shayne Graham 31 yard field goal, Patriots 10–0, Drive: 10 plays, 46 yards, 5:26.
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Jeff Reed 22 yard field goal, Patriots 10–3, Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 5:22.
3rd quarter
  • NE – Rob Gronkowski 9 yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 17–3, Drive: 10 plays, 78 yards, 5:12.
  • NE – Tom Brady 3 yard run (kick failed, wr), Patriots 23–3, Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:18.
4th quarter
  • PIT – Emmanuel Sanders 6 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick), Patriots 23–10, Drive: 7 plays, 71 yards, 3:11.
  • NE – James Sanders 32 yard interception return (pass failed), Patriots 29–10.
  • PIT – Mike Wallace from Ben Roethlisberger (Mewelde Moore run), Patriots 29–18, Drive: 5 plays, 53 yards, 1:48.
  • NE – Rob Gronkowski 25 yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 36–18, Drive: 5 plays, 41 yards, 2:21.
  • PIT – Mike Wallace 33 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Mewelde Moore run), Patriots 36–26, Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 1:24.
  • NE – Shayne Grahan 36 yard field goal, Patriots 39–26, Drive: 5 plays, 15 yards, 1:06.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • NE – Wes Welker – 8 receptions, 89 yards
  • PIT – Mike Wallace – 8 receptions, 136 yards, 2 touchdowns
Top tacklers

The Steelers' ninth game was an AFC duel with the Patriots. The Steelers trailed early as QB Tom Brady made a 19-yard TD pass to TE Rob Gronkowski. This was followed by kicker Shayne Graham getting a 31-yard field goal. The Steelers responded in the second quarter with kicker Jeff Reed nailing a 22-yard field goal. The Steelers struggled further when Brady threw another TD pass to Gronkowski, this one from 9 yards out. That was followed by Brady's scramble 3 yards to the endzone for a touchdown (With a failed PAT as the kick went wide-right). The Steelers scored first in the 4th quarter when QB Ben Roethlisberger completed a 6-yard TD pass to WR Emmanuel Sanders. The Steelers looked to create another scoring drive, but it came to a halt when Roethlisberger's pass was intercepted by SS James Sanders and returned 32 yards for a touchdown (With a failed 2-point conversion). The Steelers tried to cut the lead with a Roethlisberger 15-yard TD pass to WR Mike Wallace, but the Patriots replied with Brady getting a 25-yard TD pass to Gronkowski. Again the Steelers tried to get closer when Roethlisberger completed a 33-yard TD pass to Wallace, but the Patriots put the game away after Graham hit a 36-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Steelers fell to 6–3.

Week 11: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week 11: Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 3 0 0 0 3
Steelers 0 21 0 14 35

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 56 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 64,987
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
  • Recap
Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 5 yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 7–3, Drive: 14 plays, 85 yards, 8:06.
  • PIT – Ben Roethlisberger 16 yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 14–3, Drive: 7 plays, 56 yards, 3:30.
  • PIT – Emmanuel Sanders 22 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 21–3, Drive: 4 plays, 35 yards, 1:23.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • PIT – Mike Wallace 52 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 28–3, Drive: 2 plays, 54 yards, 0:18.
  • PIT – Isaac Redman 16 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 35–3, Drive: 5 plays, 41 yards, 2:24.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Patriots, the Steelers stayed at home for a Week 11 duel with the Oakland Raiders. Pittsburgh trailed early in the first quarter as Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski made a 41-yard field goal. However that would turn out to be the Raiders' only points of the game. The Steelers took the lead in the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run from running back Rashard Mendenhall, followed by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's 16-yard touchdown run and his 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. After a scoreless third quarter, the Steelers added onto their lead in the fourth quarter as Roethlisberger found wide receiver Mike Wallace on a 52-yard touchdown pass. Afterwards, Pittsburgh punctuated the game with a 16-yard touchdown pass to running back Isaac Redman.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 7–3.

Week 12: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week 12: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 7 6 0 3 3 19
Bills 0 0 7 9 0 16

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 45 yard field goal, Steelers 10–0, Drive: 14 plays, 51 yards, 6:12.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 46 yard field goal, Steelers 13–0, Drive: 8 plays, 54 yards, 1:39.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • BUF – Rian Lindell 29 yard field goal, Steelers 13–10, Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 3:45.
  • BUF – Rian Lindell 32 yard field goal, Tied 13–13, Drive: 4 plays, 9 yards, 1:47.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 48 yard field goal, Steelers 16–13, Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 5:06.
  • BUF – Rian Lindell 49 yard field goal, Tied 16–16, Drive: 6 plays, 23 yards, 0:44.
Overtime
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 41 yard field goal, Steelers 19–16, Drive: 13 plays, 58 yards, 7:06.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • PIT – Hines Ward – 7 receptions, 107 yards
  • BUF – Fred Jackson – 5 receptions, 104 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Raiders, the Steelers flew to Ralph Wilson Stadium for a Week 12 intraconference duel with the Buffalo Bills. Pittsburgh delivered the opening punch in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Rashard Mendenhall. The Steelers would add onto their lead in the second quarter with a 45-yard and a 46-yard field goal from kicker Shaun Suisham.

The Bills answered in the third quarter with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completing a 65-yard touchdown pass to running back Fred Jackson. Buffalo continued to creep closer in the fourth quarter as kicker Rian Lindell got a 29-yard and a 32-yard field goal. Pittsburgh regained the lead with Suisham's 48-yard field goal, but the Bills tied the game again with Lindell making a 49-yard field goal. In overtime, the Steelers got the last laugh as Suisham nailed the game-ending 41-yard field goal.

With the win, Pittsburgh improved to 8–3.

Week 13: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week 13: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 3 10 13
Ravens 7 0 3 0 10

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 45 yard field goal, Ravens 7–3, Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 4:06.
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 24 yard field goal, Ravens 10–3, Drive: 13 plays, 60 yards, 3:41.
4th quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 19 yard field goal, Ravens 10–6, Drive: 16 plays, 79 yards, 9:27.
  • PIT – Isaac Redman 9 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 13–10, Drive: 3 plays, 9 yards, 0:22.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • PIT – James Farrior – 6 tackles, 1 assist, 1 sack
  • BAL – Ray Lewis – 12 tackles, 1 assist, 1 forced fumble

Coming off their overtime win over the Bills, the Steelers flew to M&T Bank Stadium for a Week 13 AFC North rematch with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night. Pittsburgh trailed in the first quarter as Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anquan Boldin. After a scoreless second quarter, Pittsburgh answered in the third quarter with a 45-yard field goal from kicker Shaun Suisham. Baltimore would respond with kicker Billy Cundiff getting a 24-yard field goal. After adding a 19-yarder from Suisham, the Steelers defense would set up a 1st and Goal after safety Troy Polamalu stripped the ball from Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco with less than three and a half minutes to go, safety Troy Polamalu's sack on Flacco forced a fumble, allowing linebacker LaMarr Woodley to recover the ball and return it to the Baltimore 9, which was followed by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finding running back Isaac Redman on a 9-yard touchdown pass on third down. The Ravens tried to rally, but Pittsburgh's defense held on to prevail with the victory.

With the win, not only did the Steelers improve to 9–3, but it also allowed them to take the AFC North division lead for the first time since week 4.

Week 14: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week 14: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 0 0 0 7
Steelers 0 10 3 10 23

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Troy Polamalu 45 yard interception return (Shaun Suisham kick), Tied 7–7.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 23 yard field goal, Steelers 10–7, Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 2:00.
3rd quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 35 yard field goal, Steelers 13–7, Drive: 10 plays, 54 yards, 6:26.
4th quarter
  • PIT – LaMarr Woodley 14 yard interception return (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 20–7.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 41 yard field goal, Steelers 23–7, Drive: 7 plays, 45 yards, 4:16.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Ravens, the Steelers went home for a Week 14 AFC North rematch with the Cincinnati Bengals. Pittsburgh trailed early in the first quarter as Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth. The Steelers took the lead in the second quarter with safety Troy Polamalu returning an interception 45 yards for a touchdown, followed by a 23-yard field goal from kicker Shaun Suisham.

Pittsburgh increased their lead in the third quarter with Suisham's 35-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Steelers pulled away in the fourth quarter with linebacker LaMarr Woodley returning an interception 14 yards for a touchdown, followed by Suisham booting a 41-yard field goal.

With the win, Pittsburgh improved to 10–3.

Week 15: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week 15: New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 3 7 5 22
Steelers 0 10 7 0 17

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
  • NYJ – Brad Smith 97 yard kickoff return (Nick Folk kick), Jets 7–0, Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:12.
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Matt Spaeth 9 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 16 plays, 96 yards, 8:12.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 25 yard field goal, Jets 10–7, Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 4:41.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 42 yard field goal, Tied 10–10, Drive: 10 plays, 53 yards, 2:15.
3rd quarter
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 2 yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 17–10, Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 5:57.
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez 7 yard run (Nick Folk kick), Tied 17–17, Drive: 8 plays, 66 yards, 3:49.
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 34 yard field goal, Jets 20–17, Drive: 13 plays, 50 yards, 6:47.
  • NYJ – Mewelde Moore tackled in endzone by Jason Taylor for a safety, Jets 22–17.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Bengals, the Steelers stayed at home for a Week 15 intraconference duel with the New York Jets. Pittsburgh immediately trailed in the first quarter with Jets wide receiver/quarterback Brad Smith returning the game's opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. The Steelers answered in the second quarter with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finding tight end Matt Spaeth on a 9-yard touchdown. New York struck back with kicker Nick Folk making a 25-yard field goal, yet Pittsburgh tied the game with a 42-yard field goal from kicker Shaun Suisham.

The Steelers took the lead in the third quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Rashard Mendenhall, but the Jets replied with quarterback Mark Sanchez getting a 7-yard touchdown run. New York took back their lead in the fourth quarter with Folk booting a 34-yard field goal, followed by linebacker Jason Taylor tackling running back Mewelde Moore in the endzone for a safety. Pittsburgh tried to rally, but the Jets defense would hold on to preserve the win.

With the loss, the Steelers fell to 10–4.

Week 16: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week 16: Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 0 3 3
Steelers 3 17 7 0 27

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 26 yard field goal, PIT 3–0, Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 4:09.
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Mike Wallace 43 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), PIT 10–0, Drive: 3 plays, 58 yards, 1:29.
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 1 yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), PIT 17–0, Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 4:42.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 29 yard field goal, PIT 20–0, Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 0:47.
3rd quarter
  • PIT – Ben Roethlisberger 1 yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), PIT 27–0, Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards, 3:43.
4th quarter
  • CAR – John Kasay 27 yard field goal, PIT 27–3, Drive: 6 plays, 14 yards, 2:46.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Jets, the Steelers stayed at home for a Week 16 interconference duel with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. Pittsburgh delivered the game's opening punch in the first quarter with a 26-yard field goal from kicker Shaun Suisham. The Steelers added onto their lead in the second quarter as Roethlisberger found wide receiver Mike Wallace on a 43-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Rashard Mendenhall and a 29-yard field goal from Suisham.

Pittsburgh continued their dominating night in the third quarter with Roethlisberger's 1-yard touchdown run. The Panthers would close out the game in the fourth quarter as kicker John Kasay got a 27-yard field goal.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 11–4.

Week 17: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week 17: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 17 7 3 41
Browns 0 3 0 6 9

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: January 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 25 °F (Sunny/Cold)
  • Game attendance: 68,303
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
  • Recap
Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 19 yard field goal PIT 14–3, Drive: 15 plays, 80 yards, 7:14.
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 1 yard run (Shaun Suisham kick) PIT 21–3, Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards, 6:52.
  • PIT – Heath Miller 4 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick) PIT 28–3, Drive: 3 plays, 24 yards, 1:35.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 41 yard field goal PIT 31–3, Drive: 7 plays, 53 yards, 1:03.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 24 yard field goal PIT 41–3, Drive: 10 plays, 52 yards, 4:56.
  • CLE – Brian Robiskie 20 yard pass from Colt McCoy (pass failed) PIT 41–9, Drive: 12 plays, 88 yards, 5:59.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Panthers, the Steelers made the two-hour bus trip north to Cleveland Browns Stadium for a Week 17 AFC North rematch with the Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh took the early lead in the first quarter as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found wide receiver Mike Wallace on a 56-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Rashard Mendenhall. The Browns got on the board in the second quarter as kicker Phil Dawson got a 19-yard field goal, yet the Steelers struck back with another 1-yard touchdown run by Mendenhall, followed by Roethlisberger's 4-yard TD pass to tight end Heath Miller and kicker Shaun Suisham nailing a 41-yard field goal.

Pittsburgh added onto their lead in the third quarter as wide receiver Antwaan Randle El connected with wide receiver Hines Ward on a 3-yard touchdown pass. Afterwards, the Steelers closed out their dominating day with Suisham's 24-yard field goal. Cleveland closed out the game with quarterback Colt McCoy completing a 20-yard TD pass to wide receiver Brian Robiskie (with a failed two-point conversion).

With the win, not only did Pittsburgh close out their regular season at 12–4, but they also locked up the AFC's No. 2 seed.

Post-season Results[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) TV Opponent Result Game Site NFL.com Recap
Wild Card Bye Week
Divisional Sat. Jan. 15 4:30 pm CBS Baltimore Ravens W 31–24 Heinz Field Recap
Conference Sun. Jan. 23 6:30 pm CBS New York Jets W 24–19 Heinz Field Recap
Super Bowl Sun. Feb. 6 6:30 pm FOX vs. Green Bay Packers L 25–31 Cowboys Stadium Recap

AFC Divisional Round: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

AFC Divisional Round: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 14 7 0 3 24
Steelers 7 0 14 10 31

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • BAL – Todd Heap 4 yard pass from Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff kick), BAL 21–7, Drive: 6 plays, 16 yards, 3:02.
3rd quarter
  • PIT – Heath Miller 9 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), BAL 21–14, Drive: 2 plays, 23 yards, 0:53.
  • PIT – Hines Ward 8 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), Tied 21–21, Drive: 4 plays, 25 yards, 2:17.
4th quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 35 yard field goal, PIT 24–21, Drive: 8 plays, 6 yards, 3:49.
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 24 yard field goal, Tied 24–24, Drive: 5 plays, 23 yards, 2:01.
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 1 yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), PIT 31–24, Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 2:21.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • BAL – Todd Heap – 3 receptions, 43 yards, 1 touchdown
  • PIT – Antonio Brown – 3 receptions, 75 yards
Top tacklers

Entering the postseason as the AFC's No. 2 seed, the Steelers began their playoff run at home in the AFC Divisional Round against their AFC North rival, the No. 5 Baltimore Ravens, for the third time in the season. Pittsburgh delivered the game's opening strike in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Rashard Mendenhall. The Ravens took the lead with running back Ray Rice getting a 14-yard touchdown run, followed by defensive end Cory Redding returning a fumble 13 yards for a touchdown. Baltimore added onto their lead in the second quarter as quarterback Joe Flacco completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Todd Heap.

The Steelers struck back to tie in the third quarter as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found tight end Heath Miller on a 9-yard touchdown pass. Then, he found wide receiver Hines Ward on an 8-yard touchdown pass. Pittsburgh regained the lead in the fourth quarter with a 35-yard field goal from kicker Shaun Suisham, yet the Ravens tied the game with kicker Billy Cundiff getting a 24-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Steelers got the last laugh with another 1-yard touchdown run from Mendenhall.

With the win, Pittsburgh improved its overall record to 13–4.

AFC Championship Game: vs. New York Jets[edit]

AFC Championship Game: New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 7 9 19
Steelers 7 17 0 0 24

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 20 yard field goal, PIT 10–0, Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards, 3:41.
  • PIT – Ben Roethlisberger 2 yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), PIT 17–0, Drive: 7 plays, 66 yards, 3:57.
  • PIT – William Gay 19 yard fumble return (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 24–0.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 42 yard field goal, Steelers 24–3, Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 1:04.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Ben Roethlisberger fumbled snap in endzone and then tackled in the endzone by Mike DeVito for a safety, Steelers 24–12.
  • NYJ – Jerricho Cotchery 4 yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), PIT 24–19, Drive: 10 plays, 58 yards, 4:32.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Ravens, the Steelers stayed at home for the AFC Championship Game against the No. 6 New York Jets, hoping to avenge their Week 15 loss.

Pittsburgh delivered the game's opening strike with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Rashard Mendenhall. The Steelers added onto their lead in the second quarter with a 20-yard field goal from kicker Shaun Suisham, followed by a 2-yard touchdown run from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, along with cornerback William Gay returning a fumble 19 yards for a touchdown. The Jets closed out the half with kicker Nick Folk getting a 42-yard field goal.

New York began the third quarter with quarterback Mark Sanchez completing a 45-yard touchdown pass to former Pittsburgh wide receiver Santonio Holmes. The Jets tried to rally in the fourth quarter as Roethlisberger fumbled the snap and then got tackled by Mike DeVito for a safety, followed by Sanchez completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, yet Pittsburgh held on to preserve the victory.

With the win, the Steelers improved their overall record to 14–4 while also advancing to Super Bowl XLV, where they were defeated by the NFC Champion, the Green Bay Packers.

Super Bowl XLV[edit]

Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 7 8 25
Packers 14 7 0 10 31

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
4th quarter
Leading passers
Leading rushers
Leading receivers
Leading Tacklers

This marked the Steelers' eighth appearance in a Super Bowl, tying with the Dallas Cowboys for the most appearances in Super Bowl history.

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