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Default Re: Week 15 Gameday Thread: Steelers @ Cowgirls 12/16/12

Steelers on the road against Cowboys

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) at Dallas Cowboyss (7-6)
Date
: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
Kickoff
: 4:25 p.m., ET
Site
: Cowboys Stadium (80,000) • Arlington, Texas
Playing Surface
: Sportfield Softtop
TV Coverage
: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers
: Jim Nantz (play-by-play)Phil Simms (analyst)
Local Radio
: Steelers Radio NetworkWDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers
: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play)Tunch Ilkin (analyst)Craig Wolfley (sideline)Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito Federal (Mexico City)XEDA-FM 90.5


THE COACHES

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 62-31 (.667)/sixth seasonRegular-season record at Pittsburgh: 62-31 (.667)/sixth seasonPlayoff Record/Years: 5-3/four years

Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett
Overall regular-season record: 20-17 (.541)/third seasonRegular-season record at Dallas: 20-17 (.541)/third seasonPlayoff Record/Years: n/a

Series History: Series began in 1960
Overall: Dallas leads 14-13
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 8-6
At Dallas: Dallas leads 8-5
Neutral Sites: Pittsburgh leads 2-1
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 7, 2008 (in Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh 20, Dallas 13
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 2-1
Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 28, 1996 (in Tempe, Ariz.)
Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17 (Super Bowl XXX)
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
This will be only the fourth time these two teams have met in the regular season since 1997…the previous two matchups, both Steelers victories, were decided by seven points or less…with a win, Pittsburgh will have won three consecutive regular-season matchups in the series, which would tie their second-longest winning streak against
Dallas…including the regular season and postseason, Dallas and Pittsburgh have met 30 times and both hold 15 wins, making Sunday’s matchup a potential tiebreaker…Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin won his only regular-season game against the Cowboys, while Dallas’ Jason Garrett has yet to face the Steelers as a head coach…although the Steelers haven’t played the Cowboys in Dallas since 2004, this will not be the first time the team has played in the new Cowboys Stadium, which opened in 2009 – Super Bowl XLV between the Steelers and the Green Bay Packers took place at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011…a Pittsburgh win would mark the first time the Steelers have won consecutive regular-season games in Dallas since they won there in the 1962 and 1963 seasons.
STEELERS-COWBOYS CONNECTIONS

LOCAL CONNECTIONS
• While Pittsburgh does not have a player from the Dallas-area of Texas, the team does have five players who hail from the Lone Star State: NT Casey Hampton (Galveston), DE Ziggy Hood (Amarillo), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Bellville), CB Curtis Brown (Longview) and OT Kelvin Beachum (Mexia).

PRO CONNECTIONS
• Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was the Cowboys’ wide receivers coach from 2004 to 2005. In 2006, Haley took over responsibilities as Dallas’ passing game coordinator, in addition to coaching the wideouts.
• Steelers K Shaun Suisham spent time with Dallas for at least a part of the 2005, 2006 and 2009 seasons, logging eight total games in a Cowboys uniform during those three stints.
• Dallas running backs coach Skip Peete coached at the University of Pittsburgh from 1988-1992, serving as the Panthers’ running backs coach.
• Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs coach in 2004 when Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett was a quarterback for the Bucs.
• When Mike Tomlin was in his only season in Minnesota as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator in 2006, Cowboys C/G Ryan Cook was a rookie with the Vikings.
• Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert was the Detroit Lions Pro Scouting Director when Cowboys defensive line coach Brain Baker was on the Lions’ coaching staff. Colbert was with Detroit from 1990-1999 and Baker was with the Lions from 1997-2000.
• Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach in 1989 when Dallas passing game coordinator/tight ends coach John Garrett was a wide receiver for the Bengals. The two would cross paths again as coaches in Cincinnati from 1997-98 and 2001-02. In ’97 and ’98, LeBeau was the Bengals Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator and Garrett coached the Cincy wide receivers. In 2001 and 2002, LeBeau was serving as the Cincinnati Head Coach and Garrett was the Bengals’ offensive assistant and worked with the team’s tight ends.
• Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was the New York Jets offensive assistant/wide receivers coach when Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson played cornerback for the Jets in 1997 and 1998.
• Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was the Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2009 to 2011 when Cowboys CB Brandon Carr was a member of the Chiefs. Also, Steelers TE Leonard Pope played for Kansas City from 2009 to 2011 and was teammates with Carr. Cowboys QB Kyle Orton also spent the latter portions of the 2011 season with Kansas City after being waived by the Denver Broncos.
• Steelers S Will Allen was in his final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009 when Cowboys assistant secondary coach Joe Baker joined the Tampa coaching staff as defensive backs coach.
• Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery was a member of the New York Jets when Cowboys offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan was on the Jets’ staff. Cotchery played for the Jets from 2004-2010 and Callahan came on board as the Jets assistant head coach/offensive line coach in 2008 and remained in that position until the end of the 2011 season. Also, from 2007 to 2008 Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson coached the Jets defensive backs.
• Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler was an offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills from 2007-2009 and coached Cowboys G Derrick Dockery when he played for Buffalo in 2007 and 2008. Also, Cowboys P Brian Moorman played for the Bills from 2001 to 2011 and was a member of the team when Kugler and Dockery were in Buffalo.
• Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel and Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis worked together on the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff from 1997-2003. During that time, Daniel coached the Falcons tight ends in each season but 2000, when he served as the squad’s offensive line coach. DeCamillis ran the Falcons special teams units during that time. Daniel left Atlanta after the 2003 season to become the Steelers tight ends coach, while DeCamillis remained with Atlanta through the 2006 season.
• Steelers wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery was a wide receiver with the Denver Broncos in 2001 when Cowboys defensive assistant/defensive line coach Leon Lett played defensive tackle for Denver.
• Steelers S Ryan Clark was a member of the New York Giants in 2002 and 2003 when Cowboys assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson was the Giants wide receivers coach.
• Steelers LB Brandon Johnson and Cowboys G Nate Livings played together for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008 to 2011.
• Steelers QB Byron Leftwich and Cowboys S Gerald Sensabaugh were teammates in Jacksonville with the Jaguars in 2005 and 2006.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
• Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders and OT Kelvin Beachum were teammates at SMU with Cowboys WR Cole Beasley. The three were all teammates in 2008 and 2009, and Beachum and Beasley are both rookies this season and played together for the Mustangs through 2011.
• Steelers TE Heath Miller was a senior at the University of Virginia in 2004 when Cowboys passing game coordinator/tight ends coach John Garrett joined the Cavaliers coaching staff as a wide receivers coach.
• Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Cowboys CB Vince Agnew were teammates at Central Michigan University from 2007-2009.
• Steelers NT Casey Hampton and Cowboys G Derrick Dockery were teammates for the University of Texas Longhorns from 1999- 2000.
• Steelers S Ryan Clark and Cowboys DE Marcus Spears played one season of college ball together at Louisiana State University in 2001.
• Steelers WR Mike Wallace and Cowboys T Jermey Parnell were teammates at Ole Miss from 2005-2008.
• Steelers DE Brett Keisel and Cowboys LB Brett Poppinga played together at BYU during the 2001 season.
• Steelers CB Keenan Lewis and Cowboys LB Victor Butler spent their collegiate careers together at Oregon State University. Lewis and Butler played together for the Beavers from 2005 to 2008.
• Steelers LS Greg Warren and Cowboys S Gerald Sensabaugh played their final collegiate seasons together at the University of North Carolina in 2004, after Sensabaugh joined the Tar Heels as a transfer prior to the start of that season.
• Steelers DE Al Woods and Cowboys S Danny McCray were teammates at Louisiana State University from 2006 to 2009. During the 2009 season, Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne was also a member of the Tigers squad.
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