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Steelers on the road vs. 49ers
Posted Dec 15, 2011
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) at San Francisco 49ers (10-3)
Date: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m., ET
Site: Candlestick Park (69,732) • San Francisco, Calif.
Playing Surface: Grass
TV Coverage: ESPN (locally WTAE-TV, channel 4)
Announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play) Jon Gruden (color analyst) Ron Jaworski (color analyst) Suzy Kolber (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
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) Dan Fouts (color analyst) Steve Tasker (sideline)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito Federal (Mexico City) XEDA-FM 90.5
Steelers notes for 49ers game
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 53-24 (.688)/fifth season
Regular-season record at Pittsburgh: 53-24 (.688)/fifth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-2/three years
San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
Overall regular-season record: 10-3 (.769)/first season
Regular-season record at San Francisco: 10-3 (.769)/first season
Playoff Record/Years: n/a
Series History: Series began in 1951
Overall: San Francisco leads 10-9
At Pittsburgh: San Francisco leads 5-4
At San Francisco: Series tied 5-5
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2007 (in Pittsburgh) Pittsburgh 37, San Francisco 16
Postseason Series: n/a
Pittsburgh is meeting San Francisco for the 20th time in team history...the Steelers are 9-10 overall against the 49ers, including a 5-5 mark in San Francisco...this marks the first matchup between the teams at Candlestick Park since the 2003 season, a 30-14 victory for the 49ers...the last time the Steelers won in San Francisco was on Nov. 7, 1999 (27-6)...Pittsburgh has won two of the past three meetings...the Steelers 19 games against the 49ers are Pittsburgh’s fewest against any team that was a member of the NFL in the 1940s...the winning team in the series has scored at least 20 points in 18 of the 19 games played between the teams...the lone exception came in 1981, a 17-14 San Francisco victory...the Steelers were the lone team to beat San Francisco during the 1984 season as the 49ers finished 15-1.
PITTSBURGH-SAN FRANCISCO CONNECTIONS
• Steelers special teams coordinator Al Everest was the special teams coach for the 49ers from 2007-2009
• Steelers WR Arnaz Battle played for the 49ers from 2003-2009. He was taken in the sixth round (197th overall) by the 49ers in the 2003 NFL Draft. He had 178 receptions for 2,150 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. He added one punt return for a touchdown in his 49ers’ career.
• 49ers C Jonathan Goodwin is the younger brother of Steelers offensive assistant Harold Goodwin.
• Steelers QB Dennis Dixon was born in San Leandro, Calif., just across the bay from San Francisco. Dixon attended San Leandro High School, where he threw for more than 5,900 yards 79 touchdowns.
• 49ers offensive assistant Bobby Engram played at Penn State University from 1992-1995.
• 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari coached at the University of Pittsburgh in 1986.
• 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula was born in Homestead, Pa., just minutes away from the city of Pittsburgh. He even coached the defensive line at local Woodland Hills High School in 1990.
• 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman played at Penn State University from 2006-2009.
• 49ers P Andy Lee played at the University of Pittsburgh from 2000-2004. His 244 punts for 10,353 yards are tops in school history. He’s the only player to win Big East Special Teams player of the year honors twice.
• 49ers CB Shawntae Spencer was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. He attended Woodland Hills High School and the University of Pittsburgh from 2000-2003. He had eight interceptions, including one returned 68 yards for a touchdown as a Panther.
• Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery and 49ers WR Braylon Edwards were teammates with the New York Jets from 2009-2010. Cotchery played for the Jets in 2007 when 49ers secondary coach ED Donatell was on the Jets’ staff. Cotchery was also teammates with the Jets with 49ers C Jonathan Goodwin from 2004-2005.
• Steelers K Shaun Suisham and 49ers CB Carlos Rogers were teammates with the Washington Redskins from 2006-2009.
• Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler was on the Buffalo Bills’ staff from 2007-2009 when 49ers S Donte Whitner played for the Bills. 49ers LB Blake Costanzo also played for the Bills from 2007-2008.
• Steelers special teams coordinator Al Everest was on the New Orleans Saints’ staff from 2001-2002 when 49ers FB Moran Norris played for the Saints. Everest was also on the Arizona Cardinals’ staff with 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst from 1996-1998.
• Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was the Head Coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2001-2002 when 49ers DT Justin Smith played for the Bengals.
• Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, running backs coach Kirby Wilson and 49ers offensive quality control coach Michael Christianson were on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff together in 2002.
• Steelers S Will Allen played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2007-2009 when 49ers quality control coach Ejiro Evero was on the Buccaneers’ staff.
• Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio were on the Indianapolis Colts’ staff together from 1999-2000.
• Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson and 49ers special teams coordinator/asst. head coach Brad Seely were on the New England Patriots’ staff together in 1999.
• Steelers OG Chris Kemoeatu and 49ers QB Alex Smith were teammates at the University of Utah from 2002-2004. Kemoeatu helped block for Smith in the Utes’ 2005 Fiesta Bowl victory.
• Steelers LB Larry Foote and 49ers C Jonathan Goodwin were teammates at the University of Michigan from 1998-2001. LB LaMarr Woodley and 49ers WR Braylon Edwards were also teammates at the University of Michigan from 2003-2004.
• Steelers S Will Allen was teammates with 49ers S Donte Whitner at Ohio State University from 2002-2003. Steelers DE Cameron Heyward was teammates at Ohio State University with 49ers LB Larry Grant in 2007 and OT Alex Boone from 2007-2008.
• Steelers OT Jonathan Scott and 49ers CB Tarell Brown were teammates at the University of Texas from 2003-2005.
• Steelers C/G Doug Legursky and 49ers S C.J. Spillman were teammates at Marshall University from 2005-2008.
• Steelers TE Weslye Saunders and 49ers CB Chris Culliver were teammates at the University of South Carolina from 2007- 2009. Steelers OG Jamon Meredith was also teammates with Saunders and Culliver from 2007-2008.
• Steelers WR Mike Wallace and 49ers LB Patrick Willis were teammates at the University of Mississippi from 2004-2006.
• Steelers P Jeremy Kapinos and 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman were teammates at Penn State University in 2006.
• Steelers TE Heath Miller and 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks were teammates at the University of Virginia from 2002-2004.
• Steelers QB Dennis Dixon and 49ers C/G Adam Snyder were teammates at the University of Oregon from 2003-2004.
• Steelers DE Al Woods and 49ers DT Ricky Jean Francois were teammates at LSU from 2006-2008.
• Steelers DE Ziggy Hood and 49ers LB Aldon Smith were teammates at the University of Missouri in 2008.
• Steelers CB Keenan Lewis played for the Oregon State Beavers in 2008 when 49ers tight ends coach Reggie Davis was on the Beavers’ staff.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• Pittsburgh clinches a Wild Card spot:
1) PIT win or tie
2) OAK loss or tie
3) TEN loss or tie
4) DEN loss
5) NYJ loss
• The Steelers look to improve to 94-56-1 all-time against NFC opponents during the regular season.
• With a win, Pittsburgh will be 3-0 against the NFC this season.
• Pittsburgh looks to earn its ninth victory in the last 10 games and fifth in a row.
• The Steelers look for their first victory in San Francisco since 11/7/ 99 (27-6).
• The Steelers look to force at least two turnovers for the fifth consecutive game (two at Cincinnati, four at Kansas City, two versus Cincinnati and two versus Cleveland). Over the past four games Pittsburgh has eight interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
• The Steelers look to keep their fourth consecutive opponent to under 10 points (9, 7, 3). It would mark the longest such streak by Pittsburgh during the regular season since holding opponents to under 10 points for five consecutive games in 2000 (Games 5-9).
• Pittsburgh’s defense will look to hold its 13th straight opponent to 23 points or less.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
• With a win will be 19-6 in primetime games and 7-0 in Monday night games. Will also improve to 4-1 in primetime games this season.
• Will look to become the fourth head coach to win his first seven games on Monday Night Football, joining Tom Flores (Raiders), Steve Mariucci (49ers) and Don Shula (Colts, Dolphins).
• With a win will go 11-3 through the first 14 games for the second time (2008) in five years as head coach of the Steelers.
• Will look to improve to 2-0 against San Francisco and earn first victory at Candlestick Park.
• Will look to improve to 54-24 overall and 24-15 on the road during the regular season.
• Including the postseason, looks to improve to 7-1 against NFC West opponents.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Looks to record his 80th career win in his 112th career start, becoming the fourth quarterback who began their career in the Super Bowl era to reach 80 wins in 112 or fewer starts: Tom Brady (104), Roger Staubach (105) and Ken Stabler (112).
• Looks to improve to 22-6 against NFC opponents, including 3-0 this season.
• With a win will improve to 2-0 against the 49ers.
• Will look to improve to 80-32 as a starter and on the road.
• Needs 199 passing yards to pass Terry Bradshaw (3,724 in 1979) for the second most
passing yards during a single season in franchise history. Roethlisberger already owns the number one mark with 4,328 yards in 2009.
• Needs 23 completions to eclipse Tommy Maddox (298 in 2003) for the second highest single season total in franchise history. Roethlisberger already owns the highest total with 337 completions in 2009.
• Looks to improve to 23-8 as a starter in primetime games during the regular season.
• Looks to throw for at least 300 yards for the fourth time in the last eight games. Would mark the 20th 300-yard passing performance of Roethlisberger’s career and the fifth of this season, tying a career-high for 300 passing games during the regular season (five in 2009).
• Looks for sixth 100.0 rating of the season and 47th of his career. WR Hines Ward
• Needs nine receptions to reach 1,000 for his career. He would be eighth player in NFL history to reach the mark and the first in Steelers’ history. Ward will become the second player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions and win multiple Super Bowls (Hall of Famer Jerry Rice ).
TE Heath Miller
• Needs one reception to surpass Elbie Nickel (329) for the most receptions by a tight end in Steelers history.
• Is 95 yards shy of passing Santonio Holmes (3,835) for ninth place on the Steelers all-time receiving yards list.
WR Antonio Brown
• Needs 75 receiving yards to reach 1,000 on the season for the first time in his career. Will join Mike Wallace, who already went over 1,000 yards, as the fourth Steeler duo to each register over 1,000 receiving yards in the same season since 2000.
• Will look to lead the Steelers in either receptions or receiving yards for the seventh consecutive game.
RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Is 123 yards away from passing Fran Fogel (3,115) for the 10th most career rushing yards in franchise history.
WR Mike Wallace
• With 100 yards receiving will record his 13th 100-yard receiving game of his career and the fifth of this season.
• If Wallace records at least 100 yards receiving it will be his eighth 100 yard receiving game in the last 15 regular-season games.
SS Troy Polamalu
• After returning a fumble 16 yards for the second fumble returned for a touchdown of his career vs. Indianapolis (Week 3), is one away from tying Jason Gildon (3) for the most fumbles returned for touchdowns in franchise history.
• Needs one touchdown to move into a tie for the second-most defensive touchdowns in Steelers history:
• Needs one interception return for a touchdown to tie Carnell Lake, Dwayne Woodruff, Deshea Townsend and Tony Campagno (3) for the third-most in franchise history.
• Needs eight yards to surpass Chad Scott (368) for the 10th-most interception return yards in a career in Steelers’ history.
LB LaMarr Woodley
• Needs one sack to reach 10.0 on the season, becoming the first Steeler since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 to record four consecutive years with at least 10.0 sacks (2010 - 10.0, 2009- 13.5, 2008 - 11.5).
• Two sacks shy of becoming the sixth Steeler to record 50 career sacks.