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Default NE @ Pitt Gameday Thread 11/14/10

Steelers host Patriots at Heinz Field
Posted Nov 11, 2010

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) vs. New England Patriots (6-2)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010
Kickoff: 8:20 p.m., ET
Site: Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: NBC (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11)
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play) Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) Andrea Kremer (sideline)
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)
National Radio: Westwood One Radio
Announcers: Dave Sims (play-by-play) James Lofton (color analyst) Scott Kaplan (sideline)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito Federal (Mexico City) XEDA-FM 90.5

Steelers-Patriots complete game notes.

A Look at the Coaches

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 37-19 (.661)/fourth season
Regular-season record at Pittsburgh: 37-19 (.661)/fourth season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years
New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
Overall Regular-Season Record: 144-88 (.621)/14th season
Regular-Season Record at New England: 122-47 (.722)/10th season
Playoff Record/Years: 15-4/seven years
Series History: Series began in 1972
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 13-7
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 9-5
At New England: Pittsburgh leads 4-2
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Nov. 30, 2008 (in New England)
Pittsburgh 33, New England 10
Postseason Series: New England leads 3-1
(postseason record not included in overall series record)

Pittsburgh owns a 13-7 all-time record against the New England Patriots in the regular season and a 1-3 mark in the postseason...the Steelers are 9-5 at home and 4-2 in New England in the regular season...Pittsburgh is 1-1 against the Patriots at Heinz Field in the regular season...Pittsburgh is 0-2 all-time at Gillette Stadium...Pittsburgh has not won at home in the regular season against the Patriots since a 34-20 victory in 2004...the Steelers snapped the Patriots’ NFL-record 18-game regular-season winning streak with that victory in 2004...New England has won six of the past eight games in the series (including postseason), including victories in the 2001 and 2004 AFC Championship games, both in Pittsburgh...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 the Patriots and the New England area. 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.

Patriots with connections to the Steelers and Western Pennsylvania include TE Rob Gronkowski, who was born in Pittsburgh and attended Woodland Hills High School. CB Leigh Bodden played at Duquesne while OG Rich Ohrnberger played at Penn State. Special teams coach Scott O’Brien coached at Pitt from 1987-90.

What To Look For


• The Steelers look to improve to 14-7 all-time against the Patriots in the regular season.
• The Steelers look for their first win at home in the regular season against the Patriots since a 34-20 victory in 2004.
• The Steelers are looking for their second straight victory over the Patriots and look to improve to 10-5 at home in the series in the regular season.
• The Steelers look to improve to 5-1 against AFC opponents this year.


TE Heath Miller
• Needs 36 receiving yards to become just the second tight end in team history to reach 3,000 yards for his career. Miller currently has 2,964 career receiving yards and trails only Elbie Nickel (5,133) on the all-time list for tight ends.

RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Needs one touchdown to give him eight on the year, which would be a career high. He posted seven last year and also has seven in 2010.
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