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Steelers at Bengals AFC Wild Card Capsule

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals




LEADER 56-35
STREAKS 4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 13-5 Marvin Lewis: 8-18
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD Mike Tomlin: 5-4 Marvin Lewis: 0-6
VS. COMMON OPP. Pit: 8-4 (Bal 0-2; Cle 2-0; Oak 1-0; SD 1-0; KC 0-1; Den 1-0; Ari 1-0; StL 1-0; SF 1-0; Sea 0-1)

Cin: 10-2 (Bal 2-0; Cle 2-0; Oak 1-0; SD 1-0; KC 1-0; Den 0-1; Ari 0-1; StL 1-0; SF 1-0; Sea 1-0)

LAST WEEK W 28-12 at Browns W 24-16 vs. Ravens
LAST GAME 12/13/15: Steelers 33 at Bengals 20. Pittsburgh RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 76 yards & 2 TDs. Steelers CB William Gay adds 23-yard INT-TD.
LAST PLAYOFF 1/8/06: Steelers 31 at Bengals 17. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger throws for 208 yards & 3 TDs (148.7 passer rating). Steelers WR Cedrick Wilson has 104 rec. yards & TD.
REFEREE John Parry
BROADCAST CBS (8:15 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phill Simms, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Laura Okmin (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Pit), 82 (Cin).  XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Pit), 82 (Cin).


PASSING Roethlisberger: 319-469-3938-21-16-94.5 Dalton: 255-386-3250-25-7-106.3 (1C) OR

McCarron: 79-119-854-6-2-97.1

RUSHING D. Williams: 200-907-4.5-11 (T1L) J. Hill: 223-794-3.6-11 (T1L)
RECEIVING Brown: 136 (T1L)-1834 (1C)-13.5-10 Green: 86-1297-15.1-10
OFFENSE 395.4 (1C) 358.0
TAKE/GIVE +2 +11 (3L)
DEFENSE 363.1 340.8
SACKS Heyward: 7 Dunlap: 13.5 (3C)
INTs Mitchell: 3 Nelson: 8 (T1L)
PR Brown: 9.6 Tate: 6.3
KR Wheaton: 21.0 Tate: 22.9
PUNTING Berry: 42.6 Huber: 45.8
KICKING Boswell: 113 (26/27 PAT; 29/32 FG) Nugent: 117 (48/49 PAT; 23/28 FG)


TEAMS MEET for 2nd time in postseason. Steelers defeated Bengals 31-17 in Wild Card Playoff on 1/8/06. Pit. leads all-time regular-season series 56-35 & clubs split 2015 season series.

STEELERS: Have 33-22 (.600) all-time postseason record, 2nd all-time in total playoff wins & 4th all-time in win pct. Need 1 playoff win to tie Dallas (34) for most all-time. In 2005, became 1st No. 6 seed in NFL history to win SB (XL vs. Seahawks). Set NFL record for 2-point conversions in single season, converting 8 of 11 attempts in 2015…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER led NFL with 328.2 passing yards per game in 2015 (3,938 yards in 12 games), 3rd-highest single-season average in NFL history. Has 10-5 career postseason record. Has 11-2 record at Cincinnati (including playoffs) & has passed for 3,010 yards with 19 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 98.1 rating. In 1/8/06 playoff meeting, completed 14 of 19 (73.7 percent) for 208 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 148.7 passer rating…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS tied for 1st in NFL with 11 rush TDs & ranked 3rd amongst AFC RBs with 1,274 scrimmage yards in 2015. In past 8, is averaging 112.1 scrimmage yards per game & has 8 rush TDs…WR ANTONIO BROWN had career-best 136 catches, tied for 2nd-most in single season in NFL history, & ranked 2nd in the NFL with franchise-record 1,834 receiving yards. Led NFL with 129 catches in 2014 & his 265 receptions in past 2 seasons are most of any 2-year span in history. 1 of 2 in NFL history with back-to-back 120-catch seasons (HOFer CRIS CARTER). Led team with 10 TD catches & joined HINES WARD (2002-03) as only Steelers with consecutive 10-TD catch seasons. WR MARTAVIS BRYANT has 16 TDs in 22 career games (including playoffs). Had 5 catches for 61 yards & TD in only career playoff game (1/3/15 Wild Card vs. Ravens). TE HEATH MILLER has 46 career postseason catches & needs 6 to surpass KEITH JACKSON (51) for 5th-most by TE in playoff history…In 13 career playoff games, LB JAMES HARRISON has 6.5 sacks & 100-yard INT-TD (SB XLIII vs. Az.), tied for 2nd-longest in playoff history. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS led team with 119 tackles. Since 2007, is only NFL player with 30+ sacks (33) & 10+ INTs (10). S MIKE MITCHELL led team with 3 INTs & had career-best 9 PDs…Club had 3 players selected to 2016 Pro Bowl (QB Roethlisberger, WR Brown, G DAVID DE CASTRO).

BENGALS: Club has reached postseason for 7th time under head coach MARVIN LEWIS (2005, 2009, 2011-2015) & makes franchise-record 5th consecutive playoff appearance. Bengals aim for 1st postseason win since 1/6/91 against Houston Oilers (Wild Card). Tied franchise-record for regular-season wins (12)…QB ANDY DALTON has 50-26-1 (.656) record, highest win pct. of any Bengals QB (min. 20 starts). Has 24 career road wins, most of any starting QB in Super Bowl era in 1st 5 NFL seasons. In past 4, QB AJ MC CARRON has completed 76 of 115 (66.1 pct.) for 832 yards with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 97.4 rating, incl. 280 yards & 2 TDs vs. Steelers in Week 14…RB JEREMY HILL tied for 1st in NFL with 11 rush TDs & led team with 794 rush yards. Has 6 rush TDs in past 7, including 96 yards & 1 TD last week vs. Ravens. Has 20 career rush TDs, most ever by Bengal in 1st 2 NFL seasons. RB GIOVANI BERNARD averages 85 scrimmage yards in 2 career postseason games…Since entering NFL in 2011, WR A.J. GREEN has 6,171 receiving yards, 5th-most of any player in 1st 5 seasons. Led team with 1,297 receiving yards & joined CHAD JOHNSON (6, 2002-07) as only Bengals with at least 5 consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. 1 of 2 players in NFL history with 5+ consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons to begin career (RANDY MOSS, 6). TE TYLER EIFERT led NFL TEs with 13 TD catches, most ever by Bengals TE in season…1 of 2 NFL teams to have 2 players with 11+ sacks in 2015 – DE CARLOS DUNLAP (13.5) & DT GENO ATKINS (11). Dunlap’s 13.5 sacks surpassed EDDIE EDWARDS’ single-season franchise record (13 in 1983). Atkins has 1.5 sacks in 3 career postseason games. S REGGIE NELSON tied for 1st in NFL with career-high 8 INTs. 1st Bengal to tie for 1st in NFL since DELTHA O’NEAL in 2005. LB VINCENT REY led team with 95 tackles…Club had 5 players selected to 2016 Pro Bowl (WR Green, TE Eifert, T ANDREW WHITWORTH, DT Atkins, S Nelson).

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. DaveB.

    January 6, 2016 at 7:32 am

    If the Steelers are serious about winning this game Saturday night , two things must happen . One , Ben has to be right . No bonehead interceptions like the past two weeks . Antonio Brown cannot be targeted on every single pass play . You have Bryant , Wheaton and Miller . Use them , they are effective weapons . Secondly and most importantly , the outside linebackers have to get consistent pressure on Bengal QB A.J. McCarron . The past couple weeks they havent done it . If they can accomplish those two things , they have a great chance to come out of Cincy with a win . Anything less , wont get it done .

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