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2015 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
General Manager Kevin Colbert
Home Field Heinz Field
Results
Record 10–6
Place 2nd AFC North
Playoff Finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Bengals) 18–16
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Broncos) 16–23
Pro Bowlers Antonio Brown, WR
David DeCastro, G
Ben Roethlisberger, QB
Team MVP Antonio Brown
Team ROY Bud Dupree
Uniform
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Timeline
Previous season Next season
2014 2016

The 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 83rd season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League (NFL). It also marked the 16th season under leadership of general manager Kevin Colbert and the ninth under head coach Mike Tomlin. For the first time since 2003, safety Troy Polamalu was not on the opening day roster, as he announced his retirement on April 9.[1]

The Steelers clinched the last AFC playoff spot, finishing tied with the New York Jets with a 10–6 record, but winning the tiebreaker over the Jets based on a better record vs. common opponents. The Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round, but lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos in the Divisional round.

2015 draft classEdit

2015 Pittsburgh Steelers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 22 Bud Dupree  Linebacker Kentucky Team Rookie of the Year
2 56 Senquez Golson  Cornerback Ole Miss
3 87 Sammie Coates  Wide receiver Auburn
4 121 Doran Grant  Cornerback Ohio State
5 160 Jesse James  Tight end Penn State
6 199 Leterrius Walton  Defensive end Central Michigan
6 212+ Anthony Chickillo  Outside linebacker Miami (FL)
7 239 Gerod Holliman  Safety Louisville
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

(+) Compensatory Selection

Undrafted free agentsEdit

All undrafted free agents were signed after the 2015 NFL draft concluded on May 2 unless otherwise noted.

Position Player College Notes
TE Cameron Clear Texas A&M
DT Nigel Crawford-Kinney St. Augustine's
DE Dominique Davis Liberty
OL Miles Dieffenbach Penn State
OL Reese Dismukes Auburn
OL B.J. Finney Kansas State
WR Tyler Murphy Boston College
DE Bradon Prate Illinois State
WR Eli Rogers Louisville
RB Ross Scheuerman Lafayette
OL Kevin Whimpey Utah State

StaffEdit

2015 marked a transition period for the Steelers defense, as longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau resigned January 10.[2] A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame due to his 14-year playing career with the Detroit Lions, LeBeau served 13 seasons as the Steelers defensive coordinator under Tomlin and his predecessor Bill Cowher over two stints (1995–1996 and 2004–2014), and whose zone blitz defense ranked within the Top 5 in the NFL in total defense in 11 of those 13 seasons. At the time of his resignation, LeBeau was the NFL's longest-active tenured defensive coordinator. LeBeau, 77, mentioned that it was a "resignation, not retirement."[3][4]

On January 13, longtime linebackers coach Keith Butler was promoted to succeed LeBeau.[5] Butler stated that the team will continue to run the 3–4 defense as its primary package, but will also run some 4–3 packages, essentially converting the system to a hybrid 3–4.[6] The Steelers have run the 3–4 since 1982, the longest such use of the 3–4 in NFL history.

2015 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2015 Pittsburgh Steelers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 17 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

Training campEdit

The Steelers held training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. It marked the 50th straight year that training camp was held at the college nestled in the Laurel Highlands, the third-longest active streak in the NFL behind the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, who have held their respective training camps at the same sites since 1958 and 1961, respectively.

The Steelers were scheduled to have joint practices with the Buffalo Bills this preseason but, due their commitment to play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, they canceled the joint practices but agreed to still play a later preseason game against the Bills on August 29. The Bills then scheduled joint practices with the Cleveland Browns at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY which then culminated with a preseason game against them on August 20 in Cleveland.

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 vs. Minnesota Vikings L 3–14 0–1 Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (Canton, Ohio) Recap
2 August 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 21–23 0–2 EverBank Field Recap
3 August 23 Green Bay Packers W 24–19 1–2 Heinz Field Recap
4 August 29 at Buffalo Bills L 19–43 1–3 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
5 September 3 Carolina Panthers L 6–23 1–4 Heinz Field Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Due to the modified scheduling changes that were made for the 2010 season, 2015 marked several firsts for the Steelers. It marked the first time the Steelers have hosted the Arizona Cardinals since 2003 (having played them at University of Phoenix Stadium twice in that span, as well as Super Bowl XLIII), the first time hosting the Denver Broncos since 2006 (having played them five times since then, all at Sports Authority Field at Mile High), the first time playing the San Diego Chargers on the road since 2006 (having played them four times since, all at home, and ultimately the Steelers last trip to San Diego before the Chargers returned to Los Angeles in 2017) and the first time visiting the Seattle Seahawks since 2003, having played them away from Seattle three times since, twice at home as well as Super Bowl XL.[7]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site NFL.com
recap
1 September 10 at New England Patriots L 21–28 0–1 Gillette Stadium Recap
2 September 20 San Francisco 49ers W 43–18 1–1 Heinz Field Recap
3 September 27 at St. Louis Rams W 12–6 2–1 Edward Jones Dome Recap
4 October 1 Baltimore Ravens L 20–23 (OT) 2–2 Heinz Field Recap
5 October 12 at San Diego Chargers W 24–20 3–2 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
6 October 18 Arizona Cardinals W 25–13 4–2 Heinz Field Recap
7 October 25 at Kansas City Chiefs L 13–23 4–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 November 1 Cincinnati Bengals L 10–16 4–4 Heinz Field Recap
9 November 8 Oakland Raiders W 38–35 5–4 Heinz Field Recap
10 November 15 Cleveland Browns W 30–9 6–4 Heinz Field Recap
11 Bye
12 November 29 at Seattle Seahawks L 30–39 6–5 CenturyLink Field Recap
13 December 6 Indianapolis Colts W 45–10 7–5 Heinz Field Recap
14 December 13 at Cincinnati Bengals W 33–20 8–5 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
15 December 20 Denver Broncos W 34–27 9–5 Heinz Field Recap
16 December 27 at Baltimore Ravens L 17–20 9–6 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
17 January 3 at Cleveland Browns W 28–12 10–6 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

PostseasonEdit

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 9, 2016 at Cincinnati Bengals (3) W 18–16 1–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
Divisional January 17, 2016 at Denver Broncos (1) L 16–23 1–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap

Game summariesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Week 1: at New England PatriotsEdit

NFL Kickoff game

Week One: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 8 10

21

Patriots 0 14 7 7

28

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

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The Steelers opened their season on the road against the defending Super Bowl Champion Patriots. After a scoreless first quarter, the Patriots scored first in the second quarter when Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski on 2 consecutive touchdown passes: from 16 and 6 yards out for leads of 7-0 and 14-0. The Steelers got on the board before halftime when Josh Scobee kicked a 44-yard field goal for a 14-3 game. In the third quarter, Brady found Scott Chandler on a 1-yard touchdown pass for a 21-3 lead. The Steelers responded with Will Johnson's 1-yard run for a touchdown and a 2-point conversion tacked on for a 21-11 game. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers scored again as Scobee kicked a 24-yard field goal. Brady and Gronkowski hooked up again on a 1-yard pass for a 28-14 lead. Getting the ball back with seconds left, Ben Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown on an 11-yard touchdown pass for a final score of 28-21.

With the loss, the Steelers started their season 0-1. It also dropped the team to 2-1 in Kickoff Games.

Week 2: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Two: San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 3 0 15

18

Steelers 8 21 0 14

43

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

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Second quarter

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

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After a tough loss, the Steelers went home to take on the 49ers. They struck first in the first quarter when Ben Roethlisberger found Heath Miller on a 2-yard TD pass (with a successful 2-point conversion) for an 8-0 lead. The Niners were able to get on the board in the second quarter when Phil Dawson kicked a 47-yard field goal shortening the lead to 8-3. The Steelers however pulled away later on as De'Angelo Williams ran for a 2-yard TD (with another successful 2-point conversion) for a 16-3 lead followed up by Roethlisberger finding Darrius Heyward-Bay on a 35-yard TD pass (with a failed PAT) for a 22-3 lead and finally Williams rushing for another 2-yard TD before halftime to take a 29-3 lead. After a scoreless third quarter, the Niners went to work in the fourth when Colin Kaepernick found Anquan Boldin on a 14-yard TD pass to move behind 29-10. The Steelers however pulled away when Williams ran for a 1-yard TD to move on up 36-10. The Niners drew closer when Kaepernick found Torrey Smith on a 75-yard TD pass (with a successful 2-point conversion) to make the score 36-18. The Steelers however wrapped up the scoring of the game when Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown on a 7-yard TD pass for the final score 43-18.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 1-1.

The defense had a field day on Kaepernick by sacking him 5 times and forcing a fumble which they recovered.

Week 3: at St. Louis RamsEdit

Week Three: Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 6 0 3

12

Rams 0 3 0 3

6

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

First quarter

  • PIT – 7:18 Josh Scobee 21-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards, 7:42 (PIT 3–0)

Second quarter

  • PIT – 13:00 Le'Veon Bell 1-yard TD run, (2-point pass attempt failed.) Drive: 12 plays, 92 yards, 6:03 (PIT 9-0)
  • STL – 2:05 Greg Zuerlein 49-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 4:47 (PIT 9–3)

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • STL – 5:38 Greg Zuerlein 27-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 62 yards, 4:06 (PIT 9–6)
  • PIT – 1:56 Josh Scobee 41-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 0:55 (PIT 12–6)

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Coming off their big home win over San Francisco, the Steelers traveled to St. Louis to take on the Rams in the Edward Jones Dome. After a long delay before the game due to the field catching fire from a pyrotechnical error during the Rams' entrance, the game got underway. Pittsburgh got on the board early with a Josh Scobee field goal, and held the Rams scoreless for the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Rams' kicker Greg Zuerlein gave them a field goal, tying the game. But, the returning Le'Veon Bell scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter; Pittsburgh failed to convert on a two-point play, but lead 9-3. The score remained this way for most of the game, and neither team scored in the third quarter. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his left knee mid-third quarter; he was carted off-field and Michael Vick replaced him for the remainder of the game. Zuerlein added to the Rams' score with another field goal, inching the Rams closer 9-6. But, Scobee kicked another field goal for the Steelers, increasing their lead 12-6. St. Louis failed to convert late in the game, and Vick kneeled down to end the game.

With their win and a Cleveland loss to Oakland, the Steelers improved to 2-1 and took sole possession of second in the AFC North.

Week 4: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Four: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 0 7 6

23

Steelers 3 10 7 0

20

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • PIT - 1:37 Le'Veon Bell 11-yard TD run, Josh Scobee kick. Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 3:09 (PIT 10–7)
  • PIT – 0:01 Josh Scobee 36-yard FG. Drive: 5 plays, 27 yards, 0:39 (PIT 13–7)

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • BAL – 10:14 Justin Tucker 40-yard FG. Drive: 12 plays, 38 yards, 6:58 (PIT 20-17)
  • BAL – 0:03 Justin Tucker 42-yard FG. Drive: 1 play, -1 yard, 0:03 (BAL 20-20)

Overtime

  • BAL – Justin Tucker 52-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 32 yards, 4:33 (BAL 23-20)

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Justin Tucker made a 52-yard field goal with 5:08 left in overtime to give the Baltimore Ravens a 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

Tucker tied it with 3 seconds to go in regulation after Pittsburgh's Josh Scobee missed a pair of kicks that would have given the Steelers some cushion. Tucker then won it in the extra period after the Steelers failed to convert a pair of fourth downs in Baltimore territory.

The Steelers defense had another stellar outing, sacking Joe Flacco five times and forcing two turnovers. Michael Vick threw for 124 yards and a score and avoided committing any turnovers while starting in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. All helped lead the team to a 20-7 lead early in the third quarter. However, the Steelers offense stalled after, and Baltimore took advantage dropping the team to 2-2.

Antonio Brown's 5/50 receiving streak was broken after 35 consecutive games. He finished with 5 receptions, but missed the 50-yard mark by 8 yards.

Week 5: at San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Five: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 7 14

24

Chargers 7 0 0 13

20

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • PIT – 4:24 Chris Boswell 47-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 47 yards, 5:38 (SD 7-3)

Third quarter

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After a tough home loss to the Ravens, the Steelers traveled to San Diego to take on the Chargers. The Chargers scored first in the first quarter when Philip Rivers found Antonio Gates on a 12-yard pass for a 7-0 lead. The Steelers got on the board in the 2nd quarter when Chris Boswell nailed a 47-yard field goal for a 7-3 game at halftime. After the break, the Steelers took the lead as Antwon Blake picked off Philip Rivers and returned it 70 yards for a TD and a 10-7 lead for the only score of the period. In the 4th quarter the Chargers scored 10 points first tying the game 10-10 when Josh Lambo kicked a 40-yard field goal followed up by Rivers and Gates hooking up again this time on an 11-yard TD pass for a 17-10 lead. The Steelers tied the game back up when Michael Vick found Markus Wheaton on a 72-yard TD pass for a 17-17 game. The Chargers retook the lead when Lambo kicked a 54-yard field goal for a 20-17 lead. Getting the ball back with less than 2 minutes left, the Steelers drove down the field. Le'Veon Bell ran for a TD from a yard out to win the game. With the game 23-20, officials had to review it to make sure he reached in before his knee hit the ground. The call stood and then Boswell kicked the PAT for a 24-20 victory.

The Steelers defense continued their surprising resurgence of sacks and takeaways by sacking Rivers twice and getting two more turnovers. The offense scored on their final possession as time expired to clinch a much-needed road win against the Chargers. The win improved the Steelers to 3-2 on the season and snapped a five-game losing streak in California.

Week 6: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Six: Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 3 0 3

13

Steelers 0 3 12 10

25

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • PIT – 6:06 Chris Boswell 47-yard FG. Drive: 5 plays, 34 yards, 3:12 (ARI 7-3)
  • ARI – 0:47 Chandler Catanzaro 31-yard FG. Drive: 13 plays, 68 yards, 5:19 (ARI 10-3)

Third quarter

  • PIT – 11:14 Chris Boswell 48-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 31 yards, 3:46 (ARI 10-6)
  • PIT – 8:45 Martavis Bryant 8-yard TD pass from Landry Jones, (2-point pass attempt failed), Drive: 4 plays, 32 yards, 1:36 (PIT 12-10)
  • PIT – 2:32 Chris Boswell 51-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards, 3:28 (PIT 15-10)

Fourth quarter

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After a tough road win over the Bolts, the Steelers returned home to take on the Cardinals. The Cards would strike first in the first quarter when Carson Palmer found Michael Floyd on a 3-yard pass for a 7-0 lead for the only score of the period. The Steelers got on the board in the 2nd quarter when Chris Boswell nailed a 47-yard field goal for a 7-3 game before the Cards moved ahead by a TD after Chandler Catanzaro kicked a field goal of his own from 31 yards out for a 10-3 game at halftime. After the break, in the third quarter it was all Steelers as Boswell kicked another field goal. This was from 48 yards out to get the Steelers within 4, 10-6. 3rd-string QB Landry Jones replaced Michael Vick for the rest of the game and threw his first career TD to Martavis Bryant from 8 yards out (with a failed 2-point conversion) and a 12-10 lead. Boswell hit a field goal from 51 yards out to send the Steelers up by 5, 15-10. In the fourth quarter, the Cards narrowed the Steelers' lead as Catanzaro kicked a 39-yard field goal for a 15-13 game. The Steelers increased their lead when Boswell made a 28-yard field goal for an 18-13 game. Finally, they were able to seal the game when Jones found Bryant on an 88-yard pass for the final score of 25-13.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 4-2. The defense also continued their stellar outings in sacks and takeaways such as sacking Palmer once, picking him off twice, and recovering a fumble.

Week 7: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Seven: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 7 3

13

Chiefs 3 6 7 7

23

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,365
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Stacey Dales
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • KC – 8:47 Cairo Santos 30 yard Field Goal Drive: 10 plays, 48 yards, 4:08 (KC 3-0)
  • PIT – 0:59 Chris Boswell 24 yard Field Goal Drive: 14 plays, 61 yards, 7:48 (TIE 3-3)

Second quarter

  • KC – 8:55 Cairo Santos 22 yard Field Goal Drive: 13 plays, 77 yards, 7:04 (KC 6-3)
  • KC – 1:00 Cairo Santos 27 yard Field Goal Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards, 3:41 (KC 9-3)

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Fourth quarter

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The Steelers traveled to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs. In the first quarter, the Chiefs scored first when Cairo Santos kicked a 30-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. The Steelers would tie it up later on as Chris Boswell nailed a field goal from 24 yards out to make the game 3-3. In the second quarter, it was all Chiefs when Santos nailed 2 more field goals: from 27 and 22 yards out moving ahead 6-3 and the eventual halftime score of 9-3. After the break, the Chiefs moved ahead by double digits when Chircandrick West ran for a 1-yard touchdown for a 16-3 game. Backup QB Landry Jones was able to find Martavis Bryant on a 19-yard pass to make the score 16-10 for the Steelers later on in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers came within 3 when Boswell nailed another field goal from 36-yards out for a 16-13 game. However, the Chiefs eventually sealed the win when Alex Smith found Chris Conley on a 6-yard pass for a final score of 23-13.

With the loss, the Steelers fell to 4-3 and also 2-2 without Roethlisberger as the starter.

The defense failed to force any takeaways, but got inside the pocket and sacked Smith twice.

Week 8: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Eight: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 3 3 0 10

16

Steelers 7 0 3 0

10

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • CIN - 14:55 Mike Nugent 45-yard Field Goal, Drive: 5 plays, 12 yards, 1:46. (PIT 7-6)

Third quarter

  • PIT - 6:27 Chris Boswell 32-yard Field Goal, Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards, 4:16. (PIT 10-6)

Fourth quarter

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After the tough loss to the Chiefs, the Steelers returned home for a game against the Bengals in a much-hyped game due to Ben Roethlisberger being back from injury. This was also game 1 of a 3-game home stand.

In the first quarter, the Steelers took an early lead as Ben found Antonio Brown on a 1-yard pass for a 7-0 lead. Later on, the Bengals came within 4 as Mike Nugent nailed a 44-yard field goal for a 7-3 game. In the second quarter, the Bengals came within a point as Nugent nailed a 45-yard field goal for a 7-6 game at halftime. In the third quarter, the Steelers increased their lead back to 4 as Chris Boswell nailed a 32-yard field goal to make it 10-6. In the fourth quarter however, it was all Bengals as they took the lead when Andy Dalton found A. J. Green on a 9-yard pass for a 13-10 game followed up by Nugent nailing another 44-yard field goal for the final score of 16-10.

With the loss, the Steelers fell to 4-4. Not only did they lose the game, but they also lost star running back Le'Veon Bell for the season due to a torn MCL.

Despite the loss, the defense had yet another stellar outing by picking off Dalton twice and sacking him three times.

Week 9: Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Nine: Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 7 7 14

35

Steelers 3 18 0 17

38

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 8
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 65,520
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

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The Steelers stayed home for Game 2 of a 3-game home stand against the Raiders. In the first quarter, the Raiders scored first as Derek Carr found Michael Crabtree on a 22-yard pass for a 7-0 lead. The Steelers got on the board later on in the quarter when Chris Boswell kicked a 34-yard field goal for a 7-3 game. In the 2nd quarter, the Steelers took the lead when DeAngelo Williams ran for a TD from 3 yards out (with a successful 2-point conversion) for an 11-7 game. The Raiders however, retook the lead when Carr found Amari Cooper on a 15-yard pass for a 14-11 lead. The Steelers closed the half when Williams ran for another 3-yard TD and Boswell kicked a 38-yard field goal for leads of 18-14 and then 21-14 at halftime. After the break, the Raiders went back to work tying the game up 21-21 when Carr found Clive Walford on a 1-yard pass for the only score of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers were able to retake the lead as Ben Roethlisberger found Martavis Bryant on a 14-yard pass for a 28-21 game. Roethlisberger then found Jesse James on a 4-yard pass for a 35-21 game. The Raiders would tie the game back up with 2 straight TDs of their own: First coming from Jamize Olawale who ran from 19 yards out for a 35-28 game and then Carr finding Crabtree again on a 38-yard pass to make it 35-35. Getting the ball back with seconds left, the Steelers had to depend on backup QB Landry Jones to help them get within field goal range. They would successfully do so and then Boswell kicked the game-winning 18-yard field goal for a 38-35 final score.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 5-4.

The defense failed to sack Carr, but recorded 4 takeaways.

Week 10: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Ten: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 0 0 6

9

Steelers 6 15 3 6

30

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 64,402
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • PIT – Chris Boswell 24-yard field goal, 11:02. Steelers 3–0. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 1:27.
  • CLE – Travis Coons 23-yard field goal, 8:09. Tied 3–3. Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards, 2:53.
  • PIT – Chris Boswell 34-yard field goal, 4:49. Steelers 6–3. Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 3:21.

Second quarter

  • PIT – Antonio Brown 4-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Ben Roethlisberger-Antonio Brown pass), 3:32. Steelers 14–3. Drive: 8 plays, 92 yards, 3:49.
  • PIT – Martavis Bryant 32-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick), 0:42. Steelers 21–3. Drive: 2 plays, 47 yards, 0:28.

Third quarter

  • PIT – Chris Boswell 25-yard field goal, 8:36. Steelers 24–3. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 1:38.

Fourth quarter

  • CLE – Gary Barnidge 7-yard pass from Johnny Manziel (kick failed), 12:33. Steelers 24–9. Drive: 2 plays, 11 yards, 0:46.
  • PIT – Antonio Brown 56-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (kick failed), 9:17. Steelers 30–9. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:21.

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The Steelers' last game in the 3-game home stand was against the Browns. Backup QB Landry Jones started the game, but left due to injury and was replaced by Ben Roethlisberger. In the first quarter, the Steelers grabbed an early lead as Chris Boswell nailed a 24-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. However, the Browns tied it up at 3-3 when Travis Coons kicked a 23-yard field goal. The Steelers would retake the lead later on in the quarter when Boswell nailed a 34-yard field goal for a 6-3 game. In the second quarter, it was all Steelers when Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown on a 4-yard pass (with a successful 2-point conversion) for a 14-3 lead followed up by Roethlisberger finding Martavis Bryant on a 32-yard pass for a 21-3 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, the Steelers went back to work as Boswell kicked a 25-yard field goal for a 24-3 game for the only score of the period. In the fourth quarter, Johnny Manziel found Gary Barnidge on a 7-yard pass (with a failed PAT) for a 24-9 game. The Steelers later on would wrap the game up when Roethlisberger and Brown hooked up again this time on a 56-yard pass (with a failed PAT) for the final score of 30-9.

With the win, the Steelers head into their bye week at 6-4, and finally won a game within their division while also winning consecutive conference games for the first time in the season. The team also improves to 3-2 when Ben doesn't start and also finishes 2-1 in the 3-game home stand.

The defense also stood out by sacking Manziel 6 times and got 3 turnovers.

Week 11: Bye WeekEdit

No game. Pittsburgh had a bye week.

Week 12: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Twelve: Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 15 3 9

30

Seahawks 0 14 6 19

39

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: November 29
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 38 °F (3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,055
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • PIT – 5:32 Chris Boswell 47-yard Field Goal, Drive: 12 plays, 58 yards, 5:40. (PIT 3–0)

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • PIT – 5:51 Chris Boswell 25-yard Field Goal, Drive: 11 plays, 78 yards, 6:58. (PIT 21–14)
  • SEA– 3:00 Thomas Rawls 1-yard run, (Steven Hauschka blocked XP), Drive: 2 plays, 37 yards, 0:36. (PIT 21-20)

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Coming off their bye week, the Steelers traveled to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. The Steelers scored first when Chris Boswell kicked a 44-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Seahawks were able to take a 7-3 lead when Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin on a 16-yard pass. The Steelers retook the lead when Martavis Bryant ran for an 11-yard TD for a 10-7 game. Wilson then found Jermaine Kearse on a 12-yard pass for a 14-10 lead. De'Angelo Williams ran for a 6-yard TD (with a successful 2-point conversion) to take an 18-14 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, the Steelers increased their lead when Boswell nailed a 25-yard field goal for a 21-14 lead. The Seahawks would come within 1 when Thomas Rawls made a 1-yard TD run (with a failed PAT) for a 21-20 game. Wilson found Kearse again this time on a 9-yard pass (with a failed 2-point conversion) to move ahead 26-20. The Steelers then retook the lead when Ben Roethlisberger found Bryant on a 69-yard pass (with a failed 2-point conversion) for a 27-26 game. But the Seahawks would move back into the lead when Wilson found Baldwin again this time on a 30-yard pass (with a failed 2-point conversion) for a 32-27 game. The Steelers came within 2 when Boswell nailed a 22-yard field goal for a 32-30 game. But the Seahawks wrapped the game up when Wilson found Baldwin on an 80-yard pass for the final score of 39-30.

With the loss, the Steelers dropped to 6-5.

The defense failed to get any takeaways but sacked Wilson twice.

Week 13: vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Thirteen: Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 7 0 0

10

Steelers 6 15 7 17

45

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 58,701
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • IND – 10:19 Adam Vinatieri 35-yard Field Goal, Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:59. (IND 3-0)
  • PIT – 5:27 Chris Boswell 29-yard Field Goal, Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, 4:52. (TIE 3-3)
  • PIT – 3:15 Chris Boswell 51-yard Field Goal, Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 0:49. (PIT 6-3)

Second quarter

Third quarter

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After a tough road loss, the Steelers returned home. With their record at 6-5, they faced off against the 6-5 Colts in a rematch of 2014's 51-34 blowout win. Adam Vinatieri was able to get the Colts an early 3-0 lead when he kicked a 35-yard field goal. The Steelers would get on the board when Chris Boswell kicked a 29-yard field goal for a 3-3 tie and then move into the lead when he kicked a 51-yard field goal for a 6-3 lead. The Colts retook the lead in the 2nd quarter when Matt Hasselbeck found Frank Gore on a 9-yard pass for a 10-6 game. Though the Steelers responded with 2 straight touchdowns of their own: Ben Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown on a 7-yard pass (with a successful 2-point conversion) retaking the lead 14-10 followed by Roethlisberger finding Markus Wheaten on a 5-yard pass to move ahead 21-10 at halftime. In the second half, it was all Steelers when Roethlisberger found Martavis Bryant on a 68-yard pass for a 28-10 game and only score of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger and Brown hooked up again this time on a 5-yard pass for a 35-10 game. Boswell then put a 42-yard field goal through for a 38-10 game. Finally, the Steelers wrapped the scoring up when Brown returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown making the final score 45-10.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 7-5.

The defense had yet another stellar outing by forcing 3 turnovers and getting 5 sacks (2 on Hasselbeck, 3 on Whitehurst)

Week 14: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Fourteen: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 9 7 10

33

Bengals 0 7 3 10

20

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,564
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • PIT – 12:33 Chris Boswell 42-yard Field Goal, Drive: 13 plays, 66 yards, 7:27. (PIT 10–0)
  • PIT – 7:00 Chris Boswell 47-yard Field Goal, Drive: 8 plays, 27 yards, 3:46. (PIT 13–0)
  • CIN – 6:23 A. J. Green 66-yard pass from AJ McCarron, (Mike Nugent kick), Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 0:37. (PIT 13-7)
  • PIT – 0:22 Chris Boswell 45-yard Field Goal, Drive: 6 plays, 27 yards, 0:42. (PIT 16–7)

Third quarter

  • PIT - 14:10 William Gay 23-yard interception return, (Chris Boswell kick), Drive: 2 plays, 5 yards, 0:50. (PIT 23-7)
  • CIN – 10:10 Mike Nugent 46-yard Field Goal, Drive: 9 plays, 40 yards, 4:00. (PIT 23–10)

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After winning at home, the Steelers traveled to Cincinnati for Game 2 against the Bengals. Before the game started there were an altercation between the two teams during warmups. Vince Williams and Vontaze Burfict were in the center of the scuffle. The game began with a score on the very first drive, when DeAngelo Williams ran for a 1-yard TD for a 7-0 lead and would increase their lead in the 2nd quarter, when Chris Boswell went for 2 field goals: From 42 and 47 yards out for 10-0 and 13-0 leads. QB Andy Dalton would be knocked out of the game so backup QB AJ McCarron came in and threw his first career TD pass to A. J. Green from 66 yards out to make the score 13-7. Boswell, however, wrapped up the scoring of the first half with another 47 yard field goal for a 16-7 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, the Steelers went back to work as William Gay picked off AJ McCarron and returned it 23 yards for a TD for a 23-7 game. Mike Nugent would kick a 46-yard field goal to make it 23-10. The Steelers went back to work in the fourth quarter when Boswell kicked a 31-yard field goal for a 26-10 game. The Bengals responded with Nugent kicking a 27-yard field goal for a 26-13 game. Later on however, the Steelers would pretty much seal the game when Williams ran for another 1-yard TD for a 33-13 game. The Bengals would wrap up the scoring of the game when McCarron found Rex Burkhead on a 5-yard pass for a 33-20 final score.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 8-5. The defense also stood out and continued their reign of sacks and takeaways with 3 each (picked off Dalton once, picked off McCarron twice).

Week 15: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

Week Fifteen: Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 14 13 0 0

27

Steelers 7 6 7 14

34

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 20
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 67,234
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

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The Steelers traveled back home to take on the Broncos. They would score first when D'Angelo Williams ran for a 2-yard TD for a 7-0 lead. Not long before the Broncos scored 20 consecutive points starting with Brock Osweiler's 18-yard pass to Demyarius Thomas to tie the game at 7-7 and then taking the lead when Osweiler found Emmanuel Sanders on a 61-yard pass for a 14-7 lead. In the second quarter, the Broncos increased their lead when Osweiler ran for a 7-yard TD (with a failed PAT) for a 20-7 game. The Steelers would draw closer when Chris Boswell nailed a 24-yard field goal for a 20-10 game. Though, the Broncos moved away when Osweiler found Thomas again on a 6-yard pass for a 27-10 game. The Steelers started their reign of 24 consecutive points: Starting with another field goal from Boswell from 41 yards out to make it 27-13 at halftime. In the third quarter, Ben Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown on a 9-yard pass coming within 7 for the only score of the period, 27-20. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers were able to tie the game up at 27-27 when Roethlisberger found Markus Wheaton on a 9-yard pass. Finally, they wrapped up the scoring when Roethlisberger found Brown again this time on a 23-yard pass for the eventual final score of 34-27.

With the win, the Steelers improved to 9-5.

The defense stood out again as they got 2 takeaways and 2 sacks.

Week 16: at Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Sixteen: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 7 7

17

Ravens 7 6 0 7

20

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: December 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 64 °F (18 °C), overcast
  • Game attendance: 71,261
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • PIT – 14:48 Chris Boswell 34-yard FG. Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 4:05 (BAL 7-3)
  • BAL – 10:01 Justin Tucker 37-yard FG. Drive: 11 plays, 61 yards, 4:47 (BAL 10-3)
  • BAL – 1:17 Justin Tucker 50-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 24 yards, 3:21 (BAL 13-3)

Third quarter

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With the loss, the Steelers fell to 9-6, and were swept by the Ravens for the first time since the 2011 season. They also ended there streak of six straight games scoring 30 or more points. The loss also allowed the Bengals to clinch the AFC North title. The Steelers also fell out of the AFC Wildcard race and will need a win coupled with a loss by the New York Jets in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs.

The defense failed to get any takeaways but were able to get away with 2 sacks.

Week 17: at Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Seventeen: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 3 11

28

Browns 3 6 0 3

12

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: January 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 34 °F (1 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 66,693
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • CLE – Travis Coons 39-yard field goal, 2:00. Steelers 7–6. Drive: 11 plays, 31 yards, 5:18.
  • PIT – Antonio Brown 17-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick), 1:02. Steelers 14–6. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 0:58.
  • CLE – Travis Coons 33-yard field goal, 0:03. Steelers 14–9. Drive: 9 plays, 65 yards, 0:58.

Third quarter

  • PIT – Chris Boswell 39-yard field goal, 9:43. Steelers 17–9. Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 2:33.

Fourth quarter

  • CLE – Travis Coons 29-yard field goal, 14:57. Steelers 17–12. Drive: 17 plays, 62 yards, 9:46.
  • PIT – Markus Wheaton 8-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Ben Roethlisberger-Fitzgerald Toussaint pass), 10:49. Steelers 25–12. Drive: 1 play, 8 yards, 0:06.
  • PIT – Chris Boswell 21-yard field goal, 2:57. Steelers 28–12. Drive: 6 plays, 25 yards, 2:57.

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After getting swept by the Ravens, the Steelers traveled to Clevelend for Round 2 against the Browns. They would score early in the first quarter when Ben Roethlisberger found Heath Miller on a 2-yard pass for a 7-0 lead. The Browns scored later on in the quarter when Travis Coons nailed a 29-yard field goal for a 7-3 game. The Browns were able to shorten the lead to 1 point when Coons nailed another field goal in the second quarter from 39 yards out for a 7-6 game. The Steelers however went back to work as Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown on a 17-yard pass for a 14-6 game. The Browns wrapped up the scoring of the first half when Coons nailed a 33-yard field goal for a 14-9 game. In the third quarter, Chris Boswell nailed a 39-yard field goal for the only score of the period moving up 17-9. In the fourth quarter, the Browns drew closer when Coons got another 29-yard field goal for a 17-12 game. But later on, the Steelers were able to seal the game when Roethlisberger found Markus Wheaton on an 8-yard pass (with a successful 2-point conversion) for a 25-12 game. Finally, they sealed the deal with Boswell's 21-yard field goal for the final score 28-12.

With the win, the Steelers finished the season 10-6. With the Jets' loss to the Bills, they were awarded the 6th seed in the AFC.

The defense stood out by getting 4 turnovers and 7 sacks.

PostseasonEdit

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: at #3 Cincinnati BengalsEdit

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: #6 Pittsburgh Steelers at #3 Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 6 9 3

18

Bengals 0 0 0 16

16

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

First quarter

  • None

Second quarter

  • PIT – 2:32 Chris Boswell 39-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 20 yards, 2:30. (PIT 3-0)
  • PIT – 0:37 Chris Boswell 30-yard FG. Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards, 1:16. (PIT 6-0)

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • CIN – 13:57 Jeremy Hill 1-yard run, (Mike Nugent kick.) Drive: 3 plays, 46 yards, 0:50. (PIT 15-7)
  • CIN – 5:12 Mike Nugent 36-yard FG. Drive: 13 plays, 70 yards, 5:59. (PIT 15-10)
  • CIN – 1:50 A. J. Green 25-yard pass from AJ McCarron, (2-point run attempt failed.) Drive: 7 plays, 45 yards, 1:38. (CIN 16-15)
  • PIT – 0:14 Chris Boswell 35-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 1:09. (PIT 18-16)

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The Cincinnati Bengals' playoff losing streak of 8 straight games nearly came to an end on Saturday. After trailing 15-0 in the fourth quarter the Bengals took a 16-15 lead late in the game, but a last-minute field-goal drive led to an 18-16 win for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The winning score was set up by back-to-back personal foul penalties against the Bengals.

Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) and Antonio Brown (concussion) both left the game with injuries and both teams were penalized a combined 18 times for 221 yards.

With the win, Pittsburgh moved on to face the No. 1 seed Denver Broncos in the Divisional round at Mile High Stadium.

AFC Divisional Playoffs: at #1 Denver BroncosEdit

AFC Divisional Playoffs: #6 Pittsburgh Steelers at #1 Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 3 3

16

Broncos 6 3 3 11

23

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: January 17
  • Game time: 4:40 p.m. EST/2:40 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,956
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DEN – Brandon McManus 28-yard field goal, 11:21. Broncos 3–0. Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards, 1:57.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 41-yard field goal, 3:40. Broncos 6–0. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:26.
  • PIT – Fitzgerald Toussaint 1-yard run (Chris Boswell kick), 1:22. Steelers 7–6. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:18.

Second quarter

  • PIT – Chris Boswell 43-yard field goal, 10:19. Steelers 10–6. Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 3:53.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 51-yard field goal, 0:00. Steelers 10–9. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 3:14.

Third quarter

  • PIT – Chris Boswell 28-yard field goal, 9:32. Steelers 13–9. Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 2:19.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 41-yard field goal, 2:45. Steelers 13–12. Drive: 7 plays, 30 yards, 3:08.

Fourth quarter

  • DEN – C. J. Anderson 1-yard run (2-pt conv. – Peyton Manning pass to Demaryius Thomas), 3:00. Broncos 20–13. Drive: 13 plays, 65 yards, 6:52.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 45-yard field goal, 0:53. Broncos 23–13. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 0:56.
  • PIT – Chris Boswell 47-yard field goal, 0:19. Broncos 23–16. Drive: 4 plays, 51 yards, 0:34.

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After the tough battle against the Bengals, the Steelers moved on to face the #1 seeded Broncos. The Broncos would score early when Brandon McManus nailed a 28-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Later on in the quarter, he would kick a 41-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead. The Steelers took the lead later on in the quarter when Fitzgerald Touissaint ran for a 1-yard TD and a 7-6 game. In the second quarter, the Steelers increased their lead as Chris Boswell kicked a 45-yard field goal for a 10-6 game. But the Broncos came within a point when McManus kicked a 51-yard field goal for a 10-9 game at halftime. Both teams would get off to slow starts with field goals in the third quarter: The Steelers moved ahead by 4 when Boswell nailed one from 28 yards out for a 13-9 game. This was followed up by the Broncos coming within a point again when McManus kicked a 41-yard field goal for a 13-12 game. In the fourth quarter, the Broncos took the lead when C.J. Anderson ran for a 1-yard TD (with a successful 2-point conversion) for a 20-13 game. This was followed up by McManus kicking a 45-yard field goal for a 23-13 game. The Steelers wrapped the scoring up coming within 7 when Boswell nailed a 47-yard field goal for the final score of 23-16.

After the game, sources said that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was sobbing in the locker room following the loss. Wide receiver Martavius Bryant stated that he had "never seen him (coach Tomlin) cry before."[8]

With the loss, the Steelers season ended with an overall record of 11-7.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Template:2015 AFC North standings

ConferenceEdit

Template:2015 AFC standings

StatisticsEdit

Updated January 4, 2015[9]

TeamEdit

Pittsburgh Opponent
Total First Downs 331 327
Rushing First Downs 91 71
Passing First Downs 207 231
By Penalty First Downs 33 25
Third Down Conversions 75/193 90/225
Fourth Down Conversions 4/12 7/24
Total Offensive Yards 6,327 5,809
Offensive Plays 1,004 1,052
Average Yards per Play 6.3 5.5
Total Rushing Yards 1,724 1,459
Rushing Plays 388 382
Rushing Yards per Play 4.4 3.8
Total Passing Yards 4,822 4,661
Passing Completions/Attempts 391/590 402/625
Interceptions 21 17
Passing Yards per Play 8.2 7.5
Sacks 48.0 33.0
Field Goals 35/42 26/31
Touchdowns 45 35
Rushing Touchdowns 16 6
Passing Touchdowns 26 29
Return Touchdowns 1 0
Defensive Touchdowns 2 0
Time of Possession 29:43 30:54
Turnover Ratio +2

PassingEdit

Regular season
Player ATT COMP YDS COMP % YDS/ATT TD TD % INT INT % LONG SCK LOST RATING
Ben Roethlisberger 469 319 3,938 68.0 8.4 21 4.5 16 3.4 69 20 141 94.5
Landry Jones 55 32 513 58.2 9.3 3 5.5 4 7.3 88 2 17 77.3
Michael Vick 66 40 371 60.6 5.6 2 3.0 1 1.5 72 10 53 79.8

RushingEdit

Regular season
Player ATT YDS YDS/ATT LONG TD
Williams, DeAngeloDeAngelo Williams 200 907 4.5 55 11
Bell, Le'VeonLe'Veon Bell 113 556 4.9 42 3
Vick, MichaelMichael Vick 20 99 5.0 24 0
Toussaint, FitzgeraldFitzgerald Toussaint 18 42 2.3 7 0
Bryant, MartavisMartavis Bryant 5 37 7.4 13 1
Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger 15 29 1.9 13 0
Brown, AntonioAntonio Brown 3 28 9.3 16 0
Todman, JordanJordan Todman 4 22 5.5 11 0
Johnson, WillWill Johnson 4 7 1.8 6 1
Miller, HeathHeath Miller 1 2 2.0 2 0
Jones, LandryLandry Jones 5 −5 −1.0 0 0
Total 388 1,724 4.4 55 16

ReceivingEdit

Regular season
Player ATT YDS YDS/REC LONG TD
Brown, AntonioAntonio Brown 136 1,834 13.5 59 10
Miller, HeathHeath Miller 60 535 8.9 27 2
Bryant, MartavisMartavis Bryant 50 765 15.3 88 6
Wheaton, MarkusMarkus Wheaton 44 749 17.0 72 5
Williams, DeAngeloDeAngelo Williams 40 367 9.2 34 0
Bell, Le'VeonLe'Veon Bell 24 136 5.7 20 0
Heyward-Bey, DarriusDarrius Heyward-Bey 21 314 15.0 66 2
James, JesseJesse James 8 56 7.0 20 1
Spaeth, MattMatt Spaeth 2 10 5.0 6 0
Johnson, WillWill Johnson 2 16 8.0 11 0
Nix, RooseveltRoosevelt Nix 3 33 11.0 17 0
Murphy, TylerTyler Murphy 1 16 16.0 16 0
Coates, SammieSammie Coates 1 11 11.0 11 0
Total 391 4,825 12.3 88 26

Field GoalsEdit

Regular season
Player 1–19 20–29 30–39 40–49 50+
Boswell, ChrisChris Boswell 1/1 9/9 8/8 12/9 2/2
Scobee, JoshJosh Scobee 0/0 2/2 1/1 7/3 0/0
Total 1/1 11/11 9/9 19/12 2/2
Opponent Total 0/0 7/7 7/7 11/9 6/3

PuntingEdit

Regular season
Player Punts AVG TB In 20 LONG BLK
Jordan Berry 59 42.6 2 28 79 0
Total 59 42.6 2 28 79 0
Opponent Total 70 43.8 6 23 67 0

Punt ReturnsEdit

Regular season
Player RT FC YDS/RET LONG TD
Antonio Brown 22 13 9.6 71 1
Jacoby Jones 6 4 3.2 14 0
Total 28 17 8.2 71 1
Opponent Total 19 21 8.7 25 0

Kick ReturnsEdit

Regular season
Player RT YDS YDS/RET LONG TD
Archer, DriDri Archer 14 354 25.3 38 0
Jones, JacobyJacoby Jones 9 220 24.4 36 0
Wheaton, MarkusMarkus Wheaton 5 105 21.0 28 0
Todman, JordanJordan Todman 1 22 22.0 22 0
Total 29 701 24.2 38 0
Opponent Total 54 1,200 22.2 60 0

DefenseEdit

Regular season
Player T S A SCK F
Timmons, LawrenceLawrence Timmons 119 77 42 5.0 1
Shazier, RyanRyan Shazier 87 55 32 3.5 2
Allen, WillWill Allen 80 62 18 4.0 1
Mitchell, MikeMike Mitchell 80 58 22 0.0 2
Blake, AntwonAntwon Blake 76 64 12 1.0 1
Gay, WilliamWilliam Gay 58 46 12 1.0 0
Tuitt, StephonStephon Tuitt 54 39 15 6.5 0
Heyward, CameronCameron Heyward 54 39 15 7.0 1
Williams, VinceVince Williams 46 34 12 0.5 0
Cockrell, RossRoss Cockrell 44 34 10 0.0 1
Golden, RobertRobert Golden 40 30 10 0.0 0
Harrison, JamesJames Harrison 40 27 13 5.0 2
Spence, SeanSean Spence 37 29 8 1.0 0
Moats, ArthurArthur Moats 35 24 11 4.0 0
Jones, JarvisJarvis Jones 29 15 14 2.0 1
Dupree, BudBud Dupree 26 17 9 4.0 0
Boykin, BrandonBrandon Boykin 25 20 5 1.0 1
McLendon, SteveSteve McLendon 14 11 3 1.0 0
Thomas, ShamarkoShamarko Thomas 12 10 2 0.0 0
Thomas, CamCam Thomas 11 9 2 0.0 0
Garvin, TerenceTerence Garvin 9 8 1 0.0 0
Nix, RooseveltRoosevelt Nix 9 7 2 0.0 0
McCullers, DanDan McCullers 8 4 4 0.5 0
Heyward-Bey, DarriusDarrius Heyward-Bey 6 5 1 0.0 0
Chickillo, AnthonyAnthony Chickillo 6 4 2 0.0 1
Allen, CortezCortez Allen 6 3 3 0.0 0
Brown, AntonioAntonio Brown 5 5 0 0.0 0
Johnson, WillWill Johnson 4 3 1 0.0 0
Todman, JordanJordan Todman 4 2 2 0.0 0
Bryant, MartavisMartavis Bryant 3 3 0 0.0 0
Miller, HeathHeath Miller 3 3 0 0.0 0
Ventrone, RossRoss Ventrone 3 2 1 0.0 0
Foster, RamonRamon Foster 2 2 0 0.0 0
DeCastro, DavidDavid DeCastro 2 2 0 0.0 0
Toussaint, FitzgeraldFitzgerald Toussaint 2 2 0 0.0 0
Williams, DeAngeloDeAngelo Williams 2 2 0 0.0 0
Boswell, ChrisChris Boswell 2 2 0 0.0 0
Bell, Le'VeonLe'Veon Bell 1 1 0 0.0 0
Berry, JordanJordan Berry 1 1 0 0.0 0
Wheaton, MarkusMarkus Wheaton 1 1 0 0.0 0
Villanueva, AlejandroAlejandro Villanueva 1 1 0 0 0
Total 1,079 795 284 48.0 16
Opponent Total 1,011 763 248 33.0 11

InterceptionsEdit

Regular season
Player INT YDS YDS/INT LONG TD
Mitchell, MikeMike Mitchell 3 16 5.3 9 0
Blake, AntwonAntwon Blake 2 112 56.0 70 1
Gay, WilliamWilliam Gay 2 30 15.0 23 1
Cockrell, RossRoss Cockrell 2 62 31.0 37 0
Timmons, LawrenceLawrence Timmons 1 0 0.0 0 0
Allen, WillWill Allen 1 20 20.0 20 0
Shazier, RyanRyan Shazier 1 0 0.0 0 0
Tuitt, StephonStephon Tuitt 1 3 3.0 3 0
Golden, RobertRobert Golden 1 27 27.0 27 0
Harrison, JamesJames Harrison 1 6 6.0 6 0
Boykin, BrandonBrandon Boykin 1 1 1.0 1 0
Jones, JarvisJarvis Jones 1 5 5.0 5 0
Total 17 282 16.6 70 2
Opponent Total 21 241 11.5 54 0

TransactionsEdit

The Steelers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2015 season:

TradesEdit

Player Acquired from Traded to Date Trade terms
CB Brandon Boykin Philadelphia Eagles August 1, 2015 2016 Conditional 5th Rd. pick
K Josh Scobee Jacksonville Jaguars August 31, 2015 2016 6th Rd. pick
P Brad Wing New York Giants September 4, 2015 2016 Conditional 7th Rd. pick

Free agentsEdit

Player Acquired from Lost to Date Contract terms
CB Brice McCain Miami Dolphins March 11, 2015 2 year/$5.5 million
RB DeAngelo Williams Carolina Panthers March 13, 2015 2 year/$4 million

WaiversEdit

Player Claimed from Lost to Date
LS Brandon Hartson Kansas City Chiefs April 17, 2015
WR Devin Gardner New England Patriots May 19, 2015
DE Ray Hamilton Dallas Cowboys August 6, 2015
LB L.J. Fort New England Patriots August 19, 2015
DE Caushaud Lyons Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 6, 2015
WR Jacoby Jones San Diego Chargers November 11, 2015

SigningsEdit

Player Date Contract terms
TE Rob Blanchflower January 5, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
CB Kevin Fogg January 5, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
WR C.J. Goodwin January 5, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
DE Ethan Hemer January 5, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
OLB Howard Jones January 5, 2015 1 year/$1.1 million (Reserve/Future)
DE Joe Kruger January 5, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
OT Alejandro Villanueva January 5, 2015 2 year/$960,000 (Reserve/Future)
S Jordan Dangerfield January 8, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Future/Reserve)
WR L'Damian Washington January 8, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Future/Reserve)
WR Brelan Chancellor January 9, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Future/Reserve)
DE Matthew Conrath January 9, 2015 1 year/$585,000 (Reserve/Future)
S Alden Darby January 9, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
TE Michael Egnew January 9, 2015 1 year/$585,000 (Reserve/Future)
FB Roosevelt Nix January 9, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
LB Terence Garvin January 9, 2015 1 year/$585,000 (Reserve/Future)
OG Chris Hubbard January 12, 2015 1-year extension/$510,000
S Isaiah Lewis January 14, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
OT Mitchell Van Dyk January 15, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
OLB Shawn Lemon January 19, 2015 3 year/$3.582 million (Reserve/Future)
P Brad Wing January 23, 2015 1-year extension/$510,000
P Richie Leone January 27, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
S Ian Wild January 31, 2015 1 year/$435,000 (Reserve/Future)
LS Greg Warren February 4, 2015 1-year extension/$1.05 million
QB Tajh Boyd March 6, 2015 1 year/$435,000
OLB Arthur Moats March 9, 2015 3-year extension/$7.5 million
TE Matt Spaeth March 9, 2015 2-year extension/$2.2 million
QB Ben Roethlisberger March 13, 2015 5-year extension/$99 million
OLB James Harrison March 22, 2015 2 years/$2.75 million
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey March 26, 2015 1 year/$825,000
DE Clifton Geathers April 1, 2015 1 year/$825,000
OLB Shayon Green April 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
CB Antwon Blake April 3, 2015 1 year/$1.542 million
S Will Allen April 10, 2015 1 year/$1.05 million
P Jordan Berry April 14, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
LS Brandon Hartson April 17, 2015 2 years/$960,000
FB Will Johnson April 20, 2015 1 year/$1.542 million
FS Robert Golden April 29, 2015 1 year/$1.542 million
TE Cameron Clear May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
DT Nigel Crawford-Kinney May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
DE Dominique Davis May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
OG Miles Dieffenbach May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
OG Reese Dismukes May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
C B.J. Finney May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
WR Tyler Murphy May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.579 million
DE Bradon Prate May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.576 million
WR Eli Rogers May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
RB Ross Scheuerman May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
OT Kevin Whimpey May 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
OT Micah Hatchie May 4, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
DE L. T. Walton May 8, 2015 4 years/$2.397 million
CB Doran Grant May 11, 2015 4 years/$2.769 million
OLB Anthony Chickillo May 11, 2015 4 years/$2.370 million
RB Cameron Stingily May 11, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
DT Mike Thornton May 11, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
CB Senquez Golson May 12, 2015 4 years/$4.001 million
S Shakim Phillips May 12, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
TE Jesse James May 14, 2015 4 years/$2.489 million
OLB Bud Dupree May 14, 2015 4 years/$9.222 million
WR Sammie Coates May 15, 2015 4 years/$3 million
WR Devin Gardner May 19, 2015 3 years/$1.580 million
S Gerod Holliman May 30, 2015 4 years/$2.338 million
DE Cam Heyward July 16, 2015 6-year extension/$59.25 million
OT Kelvin Palmer July 25, 2015 1 year/$435,000
CB Jordan Sullen July 30, 2015 1 year/$435,000
RB Jawon Chisholm August 2, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
TE Ray Hamilton August 6, 2015 3 years/$1.577 million
DE Joe Okafor August 7, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
S Jordan Dangerfield August 8, 2015 1 year/$435,000
K Garrett Hartley August 11, 2015 1 year/$870,000
RB Braylon Heard August 12, 2015 3 years/$1.575 million
WR David Nelson August 12, 2015 1 year/$745,000
WR Jarrod West August 18, 2015 1 year/$435,000
LB L.J. Fort August 19, 2015 1 year/$510,000
C Doug Legursky August 25, 2015 1 year/$745,000
QB Michael Vick August 25, 2015 1 year/$970,000
CB Ross Cockrell September 5, 2015 1 year/$435,000
RB Dominique Brown September 6, 2015 Practice Squad
S Jordan Dangerfield September 6, 2015 Practice Squad
C Reese Dismukes September 6, 2015 Practice Squad
LB L.J. Fort September 6, 2015 Practice Squad
LB Shayon Green September 6, 2015 Practice Squad
DE Ethan Hemer September 6, 2015 Practice Squad
OT Antonio Johnson September 6, 2015 Practice Squad
WR Shakim Phillips September 6, 2015 Practice Squad
TE Harold Spears September 6, 2015 Practice Squad
WR Jarod West September 6, 2015 Practice Squad
RB Jordan Todman September 7, 2015 1 year/$745,000
C Doug Legursky September 6, 2015 1 year/$745,000
WR Isaiah Burse September 7, 2015 Practice Squad
OT Matt Feiler September 7, 2015 Practice Squad
TE Xavier Grimble September 7, 2015 Practice Squad
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint September 7, 2015 Practice Squad
C Barrett Jones September 7, 2015 Practice Squad
LB Anthony Chickillo September 7, 2015 Practice Squad
CB Doran Grant September 7, 2015 Practice Squad
CB Doran Grant September 7, 2015 Practice Squad
WR Tyler Murphy September 24, 2015 Practice Squad
C B.J. Finney September 29, 2015 Practice Squad
K Chris Boswell October 3, 2015 2 years/$1.1 million
OT Byron Stingily October 19, 2015 1 year/$660,000
CB Isaiah Frey October 27, 2015 Practice Squad
RB Isaiah Pead November 2, 2015 1 year/$660,000
CB Doran Grant November 4, 2015 1 year/$435,000
WR Tyler Murphy November 5, 2015 Practice Squad
RB Rajion Neal December 1, 2015 Practice Squad
S Ross Ventrone December 29, 2015 Practice Squad
RB Abou Toure January 5, 2016 Practice Squad

CutsEdit

Player Date
WR Lance Moore March 2, 2015
DE Brett Keisel March 9, 2015
WR Brelan Chancellor May 9, 2015
LS Brandon Hartson May 9, 2015
DT Nigel Crawford-Kinney May 11, 2015
DE Bradon Prate May 11, 2015
P Richie Leone May 11, 2015
S Jordan Dangerfield July 25, 2015
WR Devin Gardner July 25, 2015
QB Tajh Boyd August 18, 2015
OG Miles Dieffenbach August 31, 2015
WR Kenzel Doe August 31, 2015
WR C.J. Goodwin August 31, 2015
RB Braylon Heard August 31, 2015
DE Joe Kruger August 31, 2015
DT Joe Okafor August 31, 2015
OG Collin Rahrig August 31, 2015
CB Jordan Sullen August 31, 2015
OT Kevin Whimpey August 31, 2015
S Ian Wild August 31, 2015
RB Jawon Chisholm September 4, 2015
CB Kevin Fogg September 4, 2015
LB L.J. Fort September 4, 2015
DE Ethan Hemer September 4, 2015
LB Howard Jones September 4, 2015
WR Shakim Phillips September 4, 2015
DT Mike Thornton September 4, 2015
WR Jarrod West September 4, 2015
DE Matt Conrath September 5, 2015
S Jordan Dangerfield September 5, 2015
S Alden Darby September 5, 2015
OG Reese Dismukes September 5, 2015
C B.J. Finney September 5, 2015
OLB Shayon Green September 5, 2015
RB Josh Harris September 5, 2015
S Gerod Holliman September 5, 2015
C Doug Legursky September 5, 2015
CB B.W. Webb September 5, 2015
OLB Anthony Chickillo September 6, 2015
CB Doran Grant September 6, 2015
RB Dominique Brown September 7, 2015
OT Antonio Johnson September 7, 2015
TE Harold Spears September 7, 2015
WR Jarrod West September 7, 2015
C Reese Dismukes September 7, 2015
LB Shayon Green September 7, 2015
DE Ethan Hemer September 7, 2015
WR Tyler Murphy September 23, 2015
WR Isaiah Burse September 24, 2015
C Barrett Jones September 29, 2015
DE Caushaud Lyons September 30, 2015
K Josh Scobee October 3, 2015
S Ross Ventrone October 13, 2015
WR Tyler Murphy November 3, 2015
RB Dri Archer November 5, 2015
RB Isaiah Pead November 27, 2015
WR Jacoby Jones January 2, 2016

OtherEdit

Name Date Details
Dick LeBeau January 10, 2015 Resigned as defensive coordinator
Keith Butler January 13, 2015 Promoted to defensive coordinator
Jerry Olsavsky February 6, 2015 Promoted to inside linebackers coach
Joey Porter February 6, 2015 Promoted to outside linebackers coach
FS Ryan Clark February 18, 2015 Retired
OLB Jason Worilds March 10, 2015 Retired
SS Troy Polamalu April 9, 2015 Retired
CB Ike Taylor April 14, 2015 Retired
Ron Hughes May 5, 2015 Retired as College Scouting Coordinator
Rick Reiprish May 16, 2015 Hired as Senior Assistant, College Scouting
Steve Meyer May 26, 2015 Promoted to coaching assistant
Mike Tomlin July 23, 2015 Signed 2-year extension as Head Coach
Kevin Colbert July 25, 2015 Signed 2-year extension as General Manager

ReferencesEdit

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