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PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-7) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-8)

SERIES

 

STEELERS

DOLPHINS

SERIES LEADER

10-9

 

STREAKS

Past 3 & 4 of past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Tomlin: 1-0

Sparano: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 23-20 vs. Ravens

L 27-20 vs. Texans

LAST GAME

11/26/07: Dolphins 0 at Steelers 3.  Jeff Reed kicks 24-yard FG with 17 seconds left.  Game is scoreless for 59 min., 43 sec. - longest since scoreless tie (Det.-NYG) 64 years earlier in '43.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/26/04: Steelers 13, Dolphins 3.  Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger makes 1st career start. Steelers' defense allows 169 total yards & forces 4 turnovers.

BROADCAST

CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf.  Westwood One Radio: Howard David, Dan Reeves.  SIRIUS: 127 (Pit.), 154 (Mia.).  XM: 104 (Pit.). 

STATS

PASSING

Roethlisberger: 319-479-4,108-23-12-98.9

Henne: 258-431-2,738-11-13-74.4

RUSHING

Mendenhall: 222-1,014-4.6-7

R. Williams: 229-1,090-4.8-11

RECEIVING

Ward: 87-1,106-12.7-6

Bess: 71-673-9.5-1

OFFENSE

369.2

339.9

TAKE/GIVE

-4

-7

DEFENSE

305.5

345.7

SACKS

Woodley: 11.5 (3C)

Porter: 8

INTs

Carter, Clark: 2

V. Davis (R): 4

PUNTING

Sepulveda: 42.9

Fields: 46.5 (3C)

KICKING

Reed: 110 (38/38 PAT; 24/28 FG)

Carpenter: 106 (34/35 PAT; 24/27 FG)

NOTES

STEELERS:  Club aims for 4th consecutive win vs. Mia...Steelers are 5-1 in regular-season games in Jan...QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 2-0 vs. Dolphins.  Has franchise record 4,108 passing yards in '09...RB RASHARD MENDENHALL aims for 3rd consecutive game w/rush TD...WR HINES WARD (87) needs 3 receptions to reach 90 in season for 4th time in career.  Ward had 9 rec. for 96 yards & TD in last game at Mia.  In past 4, WR SANTONIO HOLMES is averaging 101.3 receiving yards per game.  Holmes is Belle Glade, Fla. native...TE HEATH MILLER had 1st career 100-yard rec. game vs. Miami on 9/7/06...Steelers have 3 players (Ward, 87; Holmes, 78; Miller, 71) w/70+ catches for 1st time in franchise history....Pit leads AFC & 2nd in NFL w/44 sacks...LB LA MARR WOODLEY (11.5) needs 0.5 sack to surpass career-high set in '08.  Aims for 8th game in row with at least 0.5 sack...Rookie DE ZIGGY HOOD (Round 1, Missouri) posted 1st career sack last week...

DOLPHINS:  Club has 7-4 home record vs. Pit...QB CHAD HENNE (2,738) needs 262 passing yards to reach 3,000 in '09.  Henne aims for 3rd consecutive game w/300+ passing yards (349, 322)...RB RICKY WILLIAMS (8,861) needs 139 rush yards for 9,000 career.  RB LEX HILLIARD scored 1st 2 career TDs last week (1 rush, 1 rec.) & had career-highs in rec. (9) & rec. yards (74)...WR-KR TED GINN, JR. totaled 203 yards last week (82 rec., 121 KR).  Ginn (2) needs 1 KR-TD to tie MERCURY MORRIS (3) for most career KR-TDs in franchise history.  WR DAVONE BESS (71) needs 4 rec. to become 5th Dolphin in club history w/75 catches in single season...LB JOEY PORTER spent 8 seasons (1999-2006) w/Pit. & ranks 2nd in Pit. history w/60 career sacks (since stat became official in '82).  LB JASON TAYLOR aims for 3rd consecutive game w/sack vs. Pit...CB VONTAE DAVIS (Round 1, Illinois) aims to become 1st rookie to lead Dolphins in INTs since LOUIS OLIVER in '89.  CB SEAN SMITH (Round 2, Utah) can become 1st rookie CB in Dolphins history to start all 16 games in season.