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Default Week 17 Gameday Thread: Steelers @ Browns 1/1/12

Steelers on the road against Browns
Posted Dec 29, 2011
http://www.steelers.com/news/article...c-14d8e4bad6c0



Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) at Cleveland Browns (4-11)
Date
: Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012
Kickoff
: 4:15 p.m., ET
Site
: Cleveland Browns Stadium (73,300) • Cleveland, Ohio
Playing Surface
: Grass
TV Coverage
: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers
: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)Solomon Wilcots (color analyst)
Local Radio
: Steelers Radio NetworkWDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers
: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play)Tunch Ilkin (color analyst)Craig Wolfley (sideline)Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito Federal (Mexico City)XEDA-FM 90.5
Steelers notes for Browns game

THE COACHES

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 54-25 (.683)/fifth seasonRegular-season record at Pittsburgh: 54-25 (.683)/fifth seasonPlayoff Record/Years: 5-2/three years

Cleveland Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur
Overall regular-season record: 4-11 (.267)/first seasonRegular-season record at Cleveland: 4-11 (.267)/first seasonPlayoff Record/Years: n/a


SERIES HISTORY
Series History: Series began in 1950
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 61-56
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 38-21
At Cleveland: Cleveland leads 35-23
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 8, 2011 (in Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh 14, Cleveland 3
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 2-0
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh leads the all-time regular-season series 61-56...the Steelers and Browns have met in the final game of the regular season 11 times, with Pittsburgh winning seven of those matchups, including the last six...the last time the Browns beat Pittsburgh in the final game of the regular season was in 1987, 19-13 in Cleveland...Pittsburgh has played the final regular season game in Cleveland four times, holding a 1-3 record in those games...the Steelers played at the Browns in the 2010 season finale and won 41-9...the last time Pittsburgh lost in Cleveland was in 2009 (6-13)...the Steelers had won 12 straight games in the series prior to the Week 14 setback in 2009 in Cleveland...QB Ben Roethlisberger is 13-1 against the Browns in his career...Cleveland has not won the season series against the Steelers since defeating Pittsburgh 23-9 at Three Rivers Stadium and 27-7 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1988...Pittsburgh owns a 53-25 record against the Browns since the 1970 NFL merger.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR


PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES• Pittsburgh looks to sweep the regular season series against Cleveland for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and for the 11th time since 1994.
• The Steelers look to improve to 333-208-1 all-time against AFC opponents, including 9-3 this season.
• A win will mark the Steelers 16th victory in the last 17 games against Cleveland.
• Pittsburgh looks to improve to 62-56 versus the Browns during the regular season, including a 24-35 on the road.
• The Steelers look to win their fourth consecutive game against the Browns.
• The Steelers look to finish 4-2 against AFC North teams this season.
• Pittsburgh looks to earn its sixth victory in the last seven games.
• The Steelers look to record their third shutout of the season, which would be the 30th shutout since 1960, tying Chicago for the most in the NFL over that span. It would also mark the sixth shutout of the Mike Tomlin era.
• If Pittsburgh records the third shutout of the season, it would be only the second time since 1960 that the Steelers recorded three or more shutouts in a single regular season (5 in 1976).
• Pittsburgh’s defense will look to hold its 15th straight opponent to 23 points or less (0, 20, 17, 17, 13, 20, 17, 23, 17, 9, 7, 3, 20, 0).
• The Steelers look to hold fifth opponent under 10 points in the last six games (9, 7, 3, 20, 0).
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES

Head Coach Mike Tomlin
With a win will record 12th win of the season, marking the third time in the past four seasons the Steelers have won 12 regular season games (2010, ‘08).
Will look to improve to 9-1 against Cleveland and sweep the season series for the fourth time in five years.
Will look to improve to 55-25 overall during the regular season.
Looks to improve to 22-8 against AFC North opponents.

QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Looking to record his 80th career win in his 113th career start, becoming the fourth quarterback who began their career in the Super Bowl era to reach 80 wins in 113 or fewer starts: Tom Brady (104), Roger Staubach (105) and Ken Stabler (112).
• Will look to improve to 80-33 as a starter.
• Looks to improve to 33-9 as a starter against the AFC North.
• With a win will improve to 14-1 as a starter against the Browns.
• Needs 473 passing yards to break his own record (4,328 yards in 2009) for the most passing yards during a single season in franchise history.
• Is 144 yards short of his second career 4,000-yard season (4,328 yards in 2009).
• Needs 37 completions to eclipse his own single-season franchise record for the most completions in one season (337 in 2009).
Looks to throw for at least 300 yards for the fifth time in the last nine games. Would mark the 21st 300-yard passing performance of Roethlisberger’s career and the sixth of this season, setting 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.

QB Charlie Batch
• With a win will improve to 6-2 as the Steelers starting quarterback.

RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Needs 110 rushing yards to record his third consecutive 1,000 yard season (1,273 in 2010 and 1,108 in 2009). Will become the fourth Steelers’ player since 1960 to register at least three consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons (Franco Harris, 6; Jerome Bettis, 6; Willie Parker, 3).
• Is 15 yards away from passing Walter Abercrombie (3,343) for the ninth most career rushing yards in franchise history.

WR Hines Ward
• Needs five 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 ).
• Is three yards away from passing Derrick Mason (12,061) for the 18th most receiving yards in NFL history.

WR Mike Wallace
• Needs 18 receiving yards to have 1,200 on the season, making him the first Steelers’ player since 1960 to record back-to-back seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards (1,257 in 2010). It will also be only the ninth time in franchise history a player recorded 1,200 receiving yards in one season. It will also tie him with Yancey Thigpen (2) for the most 1,200 yard receiving seasons in Steelers history.
• Needs two receiving touchdowns to mark his fifth career multi-touchdown game and second of 2011, and give him 10 receiving touchdowns on the season, making him the second player in Steelers history (Hines Ward: 12 in 2002, 10 in 2003) to register back-to-back seasons with at least 10 receiving touchdowns (10 in 2010).
• Is 76 yards short of setting a single-season career-high for receiving yards (1,257 in 2010).
• Needs nine receptions to mark the ninth time a Steelers player recorded at least 80 receptions in one season and the first since Hines Ward registered 95 in 2009.
• With 100 yards receiving will record his 13th 100-yard receiving game of his career and the fifth of this season.

WR Antonio Brown
• Needs 82 receiving yards to reach 1,100 on the season for the first time in his career. Will join Mike Wallace, who already went over 1,100 yards, as the third Steeler duo since 1960 to each register at least 1,100 receiving yards in the same season (2002: Hines Ward, 1,329 / Plaxico Burress, 1,325 and 2009: Ward, 1,167/ Santonio Holmes, 1,248).

TE Heath Miller
• Needs two receptions to surpass Hall of Famer Lynn Swann (336) for the fourth most receptions in Steelers history.
• Is 79 yards shy of passing Ray Matthews (1951-59 - 3,919) for eighth place on the Steelers all-time receiving yards list.

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 James Harrison
• 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 - 10.5, 2009- 10.0, 2008 - 16.0).
• After registering three sacks vs. Cincinnati (Week 13) and vs. Baltimore (Week 9), looks to become the second Steeler to register at least three sacks three times in one season since 1982 (Mike Merriweather, 1984, 3).
• Looks to record sixth career regular-season game with at least three sacks to pass Joey Porter (5) for the most 3 sack games during the regular season by a Steelers’ player since 1982.

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.
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