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Old 10-31-2011, 10:11 PM   #1
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Default Steelers Week 8: By The Numbers

Steelers Week 8: By The Numbers
Ben Roethlisberger threw 50 times against the Patriots.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 6:41 pm | Updated: 6:55 pm, Mon Oct 31, 2011.

By Mike Bires mbires@timesonline.com | 0 comments

Times pro football writer Mike Bires makes some "by the numbers" observations in the aftermath of the Steelers' 25-17 win over the Patriots:

75: What Ben Roethlisberger does best is win. His record in 106 regular-season starts is 75-31. During the Super Bowl era, only three other quarterbacks have reached 75 victories quicker -- Tom Brady (99 starts), Roger Staubach (99) and Ken Stabler (105). Roethlisberger needs just 36 more wins to pass Terry Bradshaw (111) in Steelers' history. Of course, Bradshaw is one of only two quarterbacks with four Super Bowl rings (Joe Montana is the other). Roethlisberger has a 2-1 record in Super Bowls.

2: The safety -- one of the rarest plays in football. Teams tack on two points to their score when they force the opposition into a safety. There have only been nine in the NFL so far this season. The Steelers are the only team with two, with one in each of their last two games. On Sunday, the Steelers put the exclamation point on their impressive win by recording a safety with eight seconds left to play. DE Brett Keisel started the process by slapping the ball from the grasp of Tom Brady, who dropped back to pass from his own 22-yard line. SS Troy Polamalu then swooped in and punched the loose football toward the goal line. Then defensive end Ziggy Hood pounced on the ball just as it was rolling out of the end zone. Last week in the win in Arizona, the Steelers got two points when blitzing LB LaMarr Woodley forced QB Kevin Kolb to intentionally ground the ball in the end zone. Before this year's two safeties, the Steelers only had two of them in the past 12 years (one in 2005, one in 2008).

4-0: There's no place like home. The Steelers have won all four of their games at Heinz Field so far this season with wins over Seattle (2-5), Tennessee (4-3), Jacksonville (2-6) and New England (5-2). Only twice when they've played a 16-game schedule have the Steelers had a perfect record at home. They were 8-0 in 1979 when they finished regular-season play at 12-4 before going on and winning their fourth Super Bowl. They were also 8-0 in 2004 -- Roethlisberger's rookie season -- when they went 15-1 during the regular season before losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship.The Steelers' last four homes games this season are against Baltimore (5-2), Cincinnati (5-2), Cleveland (3-4) and St. Louis (1-6).

50: Only once before Sunday had Roethlisberger thrown 50 passes or more in a game -- a 31-20 loss in Denver in 2006 when he passed 54 times. Roethlisberger's 36 completions against the Patriots were also the second-most in his career. He connected on 38 of his throws -- a team record -- in that game in Denver. The Steelers' record for most passes in a game was set in 2002 when Tommy Maddox threw 57 times in a 24-6 loss to Houston.

28-3: The Steelers are becoming masters of the fast start. They have won their last four games, and one of the keys to that streak is first-quarter dominance. They have outscored their last four opponents 28-3 in the first quarter. In each of those games, the Steelers scored touchdowns on their first possession.

In the last four games, the Steelers' defense has allowed only one field goal in the first quarter. In none of those games have the Steelers trailed after the first quarter.
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