Stats Of The Weird: Steelers Vs Ravens

Another weird, wacky win. Full of weird, wacky stats. Steelers win.

– First, the score. A 39-38 final is only the third such final in NFL history and only the second in the regular season. Last one was the Denver Broncos beating the San Diego Chargers in 2003. The 49ers beat the Giants in the 2003 NFC Wild Card game, too.

Ben Roethlisberger’s 66 attempts is tied for 6th most in NFL history and the most by any active QB, beating out Philip Rivers and Tom Brady by one. The all-time record, if you’re curious, is Drew Bledsoe’s 70, set back in 1994.

And Ben’s 44 completions is second all-time, only one behind Bledsoe (from the same game) who completed 45 of those 70.

Antonio Brown is the first Steeler in franchise history to have multiple 200+ yard receiving games. 213 tonight.

Le’Veon Bell becomes the 4th RB in NFL history to have a game with two rushing TDs, 1 receiving TD, and at least 10 receptions. Marion Barber in 2007 was the last to do it. Terry Allen (1992) and Chuck Foreman (1975) are the others.

– Bell and Franco Harris are the only two backs in Steelers’ history to have multiple games of two rushing and one receiving touchdowns. Bell also did it in 2014 while Harris did his in 1972 and 1979.

Jesse James’ 10 receptions and 97 yards are football highs for him. Didn’t have that many in the NFL or at Penn State.

James is the first Steeler TE with ten catches in a game since Heath Miller on December 23rd, 2015, an AFC North win over the Bengals. Miller caught ten only three times in his career.

Martavis Bryant (who, by the way, should’ve been on my losers list) caught six passes for 33 yards tonight. No Steeler WR in history has ever had so few yards on at least six catches.

Bryant also returned five kicks for 55 yards, an average of 11 per try. That is one of the worst marks in league history. Not since Tampa Bay’s Vernon Turner in 1994 has a KR had a worse average on at least five attempts. Ron Brown in 1988 has the worst ever (8.4).

Chris Boswell has made 32 field goals this season. That’s two shy of the Steelers’ single season record set by Norm Johnson in 1995. So yeah, Boswell should clear that.

– The Steelers offense ran 85 plays tonight. That’s their most since December 8th, 2002, when they ran a franchise record 95 against the Houston Texans. Weird enough, they only scored six points that day, falling to the expansion Texans.

– Last one. Pittsburgh recorded 12 third down conversions for only the 6th time in franchise history. Last did it in 2010. Second time under Mike Tomlin. Franchise record is 15 set in 1999.

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Alex Kozora
Full-time blogger from mom's basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.
  • DirtDawg1964

    Big Ben, first QB to throw for 500+ yards in a game three times. I think Drew Brees is the only guy to have done it twice.

  • Jacob

    Don’t forget that this is the 3rd 500+ yard game by Ben Roethlisberger, more than any QB in NFL history. When the man is on a roll, he’s unstoppable and among the best in the league.

    He also is tied for first in 6+ touchdown games in a season.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I loved when they flashed the stat that Pittsburgh, at home, when leading by 14+, is 215 – 0 – 2. And then, on cue, Michaels and Collinsworth opined how THAT was in trouble.


  • Yea, I’m really surprised the yardage stat was overlooked. The other stat is the steelers win ugly for the millionth time this season, regardless of the record and being division champs posters on this lovely web site still seem to be upset…

  • Chris92021

    First 3 game winning streak over the Ravens since the 2008 season. If it is just regular season games, then this is the longest winning streak over Baltimore since Dec. 2001 (the Bobby Shaw 90 yard TD game) to Sept. 2003 when the Steelers won 4 regular season games in a row over the Ravens (5 total).

  • Alex Kozora

    It wasn’t overlooked. But generally for this article, I don’t like to take stats that are already known. That just seems like I’m copying.

  • Chris92021

    I am hoping for a 1 seed in the AFC playoffs and night games in the playoff games. Why? The Steelers are 5-0 in night games this season. They haven’t gone 5-0 in night games since 2008 season. Y’all know what happened that year…

  • Alex Kozora

    lol so true

  • Chris92021

    Steelers have now swept the Ravens 5 total times (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008, and 2017). Ravens did it to us 3 times (2006, 2011, 2015).

  • Kevin Schwartz

    How did we run 95 plays and score 6 points?

  • Alex Kozora

    Two words.

    Tommy. Maddox.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Turnovers? Lots and lots of turnovers?

  • You wouldn’t be coping anything. Just give us the other 2 games he threw for 500 yards. I know he is now 2-1 in those games and one came against NE. That was the game where the steelers and ben out bradyed brady by using their own model against them.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    He only had 2 ints. Had 6 sacks, but besides that, the box score doesn’t look that bad. Kinda weird.

    Edit: Ah – the two ints were returned for 135 yards and 2 TDs. probably killed long drives.

    David Carr was 3-10 in the game for 33 yards, and we lost 24-6.

  • Reader783

    Another interesting one, Alex.

    I did this analysis a few weeks back, but this is the earliest the AFC North has ever been clinched in its entire history since the early 2000s. Many times it has been clinched in Week 15, but never Week 14.

  • colingrant

    The offense was more impressively good today than the defense was horrifically bad. Pattern’s developing here though. Less pressure and sacks by the front 7 and run defense trending backward rapidly. Hadn’t seen a a team run right with such predictable success since Ziggy manned left defensive end against the Bengals a half dozen or so years back. Easy to point to Dupree who’s candidacy as the Steelers team leading whipping boy increases with each game, but Tuitt plays over there also.

  • Mark

    I thought the number was 11 and I think we’ve only lost 2 games when up by 11 or more.

  • colingrant

    That’s a hell of a stat though.

  • Reader783

    They flashed a couple stats, but Darth is right that they did point out that when leading by 14+ at home in their entire history, the Steelers were 215-0-2.

    They also pointed out a stat that we had the 6th longest active streak of winning games when holding a lead of X points, yada yada yada, who knows. Some intern in the stat department was Google searching like crazy.

  • Alex Kozora

    Fair enough. Just giving my perspective.

  • Alex Kozora

    Ooh, very good stat.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    That’s why you Da Man!

  • galerus277

    He is 3-0 actually.
    1st – 2009 with last second pass to Wallace vs GB
    2nd – 2014 (I believe) – showdown vs Colts with 6 TDs
    and 3rd is this game – all wins.
    He didn’t put 500 vs NE

  • Chris92021

    Steelers are clutch when it comes to 1 point games. They have won their last 7 1 point games:

    2017: Ravens 39-38
    2010: @ Dolphins 23-22
    2009: Packers 37-36 (Big Ben to Mike Wallace as time expired)
    2008: Chargers 11-10
    2005: Ravens 20-19
    2004: @ Jaguars 17-16
    2000: Raiders 21-20

    Last loss by the Steelers by 1 point? 1999 to the expansion Cleveland Browns 16-15.

  • John W.

    Tonight was the highest combined point total in the Steelers-Ratbirds rivalry, surpassing the combined 76 points scored in the Steelers 42-34 victory in Baltimore in October 1997.

  • Alex Kozora

    Good stat, John

  • Dan

    Well here’s another stat:

    Ben Roethlisberger has not turned the ball over in any of his three 500-yard games, and has not lost any of those games either. It’s the second time that he’s led the Steelers to a one-point victory after throwing for 500 yards in a game.

  • Dan

    He also lost a fumble that the Texans returned for a TD.

  • razaard2

    Bryant was clueless returning kicks but I wouldn’t say he was a loser. Got some important catches and when it mattered the most he did an amazing job of avoiding the safety and returning to the 9 on that unlucky bounce
    Put whoever chose him as a returner in the loser’s list though

  • Orlysteel

    It was in trouble Darth, but it’s not over till it starts.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Show a little love for Tommy Gun – the man was working with with very little 🙂

  • Okay. My memory failed me.

  • Yet he had a 40 yard return two weeks ago and a return TD called back for a tick-tack holding call on 27. Let’s not judge him on one bad preformance in that area after 2 good outings, huh.

  • razaard2

    He is explosive undoubtedly but ball security is a priority. I hope he proves me wrong but I don’t think he will have a chance to after such an awful performance

  • DirtDawg1964

    Fair enough. You do a great job. How about this oddity – the Steelers scored on their first four drives and their last four drives.

    I know. Barely makes the cut. But I like how we dominated when we needed to against a supposedly tough defence.

  • Sam Clonch

    Steelers CURRENTLY have the leading passer, leading receiver, and leading rusher. Good time to be a fan 🙂

  • CountryClub

    and Ben will only drop to 2nd after Brady passes him tonight.

  • ThatGuy

    If we win Week 17 it will only be the 3rd time since the AFC North was formed in 2002 that we’ll go 6-0 in the division. (2002 and 2008).

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  • Conserv_58

    Last night the Steelers won their 23rd AFCN title and they cliched their 30th playoff berth making them the only team since the 1970 AFC-NFC merger to do so.

  • Conserv_58

    To ST’s coach, Danny Smith: NEVER, EVER put Martavis on kick return duties again. He’s too indecisive and timid. He has terrible field vison too.

  • Conserv_58

    The loss of Ryan Shazier was on full display last night. Watching Moats and Spence try to replace him was like watching Ryan run with fifteen pound ankle weights on.

  • Conserv_58

    Thanks. That’s a very interesting stat.

  • Conserv_58

    Ben walked onto the field with over two minutes left in the game and served each of them up with a huge slice of humble pie. Collinsworth was gagging on it after the game.

  • Conserv_58

    As soon as it was reported that Ben eclipsed 500 yards I thought, “Did Ben just become the only QB with three 500 yard passing games or did he just tie Brees?”

  • Conserv_58

    Then you have far more integrity than 99.9% of sports bloggers, Alex.

  • Darth Blount 47

    “We had ’em all the way…”

  • SJT63

    The Steelers and Ravens had a combined 101 pass attempts last night. This:

    1. Is the most in any NFL game this season

    2. Is the first time this season there has been an NFL game with over 90 passes attempted in regulation (SF @ ARI in week 4 had 100 total but 19 of those came in a lengthy overtime period)

    3. Is the most ever in regulation in a Steelers game (PIT @ CIN, 2001 week 16 did have 103 total attempts but 11 of these were in overtime)

  • Russell Stauver

    I need help in identifying any other team in NFL history to accomplish what the Killer Bees have done thus far. Ben now leads the league in passing yards, AB leads the leagues in receiving yards, and Bell leads in rushing yards.

  • Matt Manzo

    Maybe the triplets in Dallas?

  • Matt Manzo

    Probably an Eric Metcalf TD return in that game!

  • Russell Stauver

    I just recalled Kurt Warner, Faulk, and Bruce.