Pittsburgh 30, Tampa Bay 27
Sept. 24, 2018
• Pittsburgh has won or tied each of its previous eight away games, dating back to Oct. 1, 2017 at Baltimore.
• Pittsburgh is now 46-24 on Monday Night Football (21-19 on the road).
• The team’s 46 wins on Monday Night Football are tied with the Dallas Cowboys as the second-most in NFL history (San Francisco: 48).
• The Steelers have won six consecutive Monday Night Football games, dating back to Oct. 20, 2014, vs. Houston, and 13 of their previous 15 Monday Night Football appearances.
• The Steelers are now 9-2 in regular-season history against the Buccaneers (6-1 on the road) and 4-1 at Raymond James Stadium.
• Pittsburgh is now 2-0 in primetime games against Tampa Bay during the regular season, including 2-0 on Monday Night Football (Dec. 23, 2002 at Tampa Bay: 17-7).
• Pittsburgh is now 2-1 in regular-season games against Tampa Bay in the month of September (2-0 on the road in the month).
• The Steelers are 458-286-3 during the regular season since 1970.
• Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger now have 107 regular-season wins together – tying Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw for the most by a Steelers Head Coach-Quarterback in team history and for the third-most by a HC-QB tandem in NFL history (Bill Belichick-Tom Brady: 197, Don Shula-Dan Marino: 116, Chuck Noll-Terry Bradshaw: 107).
• Pittsburgh scored 30 points in the first half – the team’s fourth opening half of a game with at least 30 points in the Mike Tomlin era (since 2007).
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
• Improved his regular-season record to 117-61-1 since becoming the Steelers’ head coach in 2007 (52-37-1 on the road).
• Is now 2-1 as Pittsburgh’s head coach in regular-season games vs. Tampa Bay (2-0 on the road).
• Upped his record to 30-15 in regular-season games vs. NFC opponents (13-10 on the road).
• Improved to 22-17-1 in regular-season games during the month of September (10-13-1 on the road).
• Is now 36-16 in regular-season primetime games, including 13-2 on Monday Night Football.
• Is now 88-15-1 when the Steelers hold a lead at halftime.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Completed 30-of-38 passes for 353 yards with three touchdown passes and one interception for a passer rating of 120.7.
• Improved to 136-64-1 as a starter during the regular season (62-39-1 on the road).
• Increased his Steelers franchise record for the most wins as a starting quarterback to 136 (Terry Bradshaw, 107).
• Is now 40-14 in regular-season primetime games as a starter in his NFL career (20-11 on the road).
• Improved to 14-4 on Monday Night Football as a starter (8-4 on the road).
• Is now 2-1 against Tampa Bay in the regular-season as a starter (1-0 on the road).
• Increased his Steelers records for pass completions to 4,256, passing yards to 52,205Y and touchdown passes 336.
• Totaled 353 passing yards, his 56th 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season, extending his franchise record.
• Eclipsed 300 passing yards for the second time in his regular-season career against the Buccaneers.
• Opened the 2018 season with three consecutive 300-passing yard games for the first time in his NFL career (2015: Weeks 1-2).
• Has thrown at least three touchdown passes in 46 games during the regular season, extending his franchise record.
• Threw for 273 passing yards in the first half – the fifth-most yards in the opening half of a game in his NFL career.
• The 75-yard touchdown pass to TE Vance McDonald was his 17th touchdown pass of at least 60 yards, extending his franchise record.
• For the 83rd time in his career during the regular season, he registered a passer rating over 100.0 as a starter. The Steelers are 73-10 in those games.
WR Antonio Brown
• Has registered at least one reception in 126 consecutive games in which he has played, including the postseason – dating back to October 3, 2010.
• Has registered at least one reception in 116 consecutive regular-season games – dating back to October 3, 2010.
• Caught six passes for 50 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown reception.
• Increased his career receiving yardage total to 10,120 – the second-most in franchise history:
Rk. STEELER, YEARS RECEIVING YARDS
1. Hines Ward, 1998-2011 12,083
2. Antonio Brown, 2010-current 10,120
3. John Stallworth, 1974-87 8,723
• Increased his reception total to 757 – the second-most in team history:
Rk. STEELER, YEARS RECEPTIONS
1. Hines Ward, 1998-2011 1,000
2. Antonio Brown, 2010-current 757
3. Heath Miller, 2005-15 592
• Increased his scrimmage yards total to 10,239 – the fourth-most in team history:
Rk. STEELER, YEARS SCRIMMAGE YARDS
1. Franco Harris, 1972-83 14,234
2. Hines Ward, 1998-2011 12,511
3. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005 11,377
4. Antonio Brown, 2010-current 10,239
5. John Stallworth, 1974-87 8,834
• Increased his combined touchdown total to 66 – the fourth-most total touchdowns in Steelers history:
Rk. STEELER, YEARS MOST TOUCHDOWNS
1. Franco Harris, 1972-83 100 (91 rush / 9 rec.)
2. Hines Ward, 1998-2011 86 (1 rush / 85 rec.)
3. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005 80 (78 rush / 2 rec.)
4. Antonio Brown, 2010-current 66 (0 rush / 61 rec. / 5 return)
5. John Stallworth, 1974-87 64 (1 rush / 63 rec.)
• Increased his career touchdown reception total to 61 – the third-most touchdown receptions in Steelers history:
Rk. STEELER, YEARS TOUCHDOWN CATCHES
1. Hines Ward, 1998-2011 85
2. John Stallworth, 1974-87 63
3. Antonio Brown, 2010-current 61
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
• Led all receivers with nine receptions for 116 receiving yards.
• Eclipsed 100 receiving yards in four consecutive regular-season games, dating back to Dec. 31, 2017 vs. Cleveland, the longest such streak of his NFL career.
• Caught a 43-yard reception in the first quarter – his second 40+ yard catch of 2018 – and the eighth such play of his NFL career.
WR Ryan Switzer
• Scored the first touchdown reception of his NFL career and with the Steelers on a one-yard pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger.
TE Vance McDonald
• Set a single-game career high and registered the first 100-receiving yard game of his NFL regular season career with 112 receiving yards on four catches.
• Became the second Steelers tight end since 1960, to record at least 100 receiving yards in the first half of a game (Eric Green, Sept. 22, 1991, 118 yards).
• Scored a touchdown on a 75-yard pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter, matching a career-long reception (75-yard touchdown while with San Francisco) in 2016 (Sept. 18 at Carolina).
TE Jesse James
• Extended his consecutive regular-season games played streak to 43 – the fourth-longest active streak among active NFL tight ends.
RB James Conner
• Generated 95 yards from scrimmage (61 rushing / 34 receiving).
OT Alejandro Villanueva
• Extended his consecutive regular-season games played streak to 51 – tied as the fifth-longest active streak among active NFL offensive tackles.
LB Vince Williams
• Extended his consecutive regular-season games played streak to 82 – the fourth-longest active streak among active NFL linebackers.
LB Jon Bostic
• Tied for the team high in tackles (6, all solo) and brought down Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a sack (minus six yards) in the third quarter – his second quarterback takedown of 2018 and the fifth of his NFL career.
LB Bud Dupree
• Registered a pick-six off of Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter – the first interception of his NFL career – and the team’s first pick-six since Dec. 13, 2015 at Cincinnati (William Gay).
• Sacked Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (minus four yards) in the third quarter, his second sack of the 2018 season, and increased his career total to 16.5.
LB Anthony Chickillo
• Recorded a sack (minus nine yards) of Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first quarter on a 3rd-and-8 to mark his first sack of 2018, and increase his career total to 6.5.
CB Artie Burns
• Forced a fumble in the second quarter of Tampa Bay WR Chris Godwin, which was recovered by CB Mike Hilton, marking the first defensive forced fumble of his NFL career.
CB Mike Hilton
• Picked off Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter at Pittsburgh’s six-yard line – his first interception of 2018 – and the third of his NFL career.
• Recovered a fumble in the second quarter, forced by CB Artie Burns on Tampa Bay WR Chris Godwin, marking the first defensive fumble recovery of his NFL career.
CB Terrell Edmunds
• Recorded the first interception of his NFL career off of Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter.
S Sean Davis
• Tied for the team high in tackles (6 / 5 solo).
K Chris Boswell
• Converted a 38-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, improving to 86-of-99 on career field goal attempts, including 29-of-32 within 30-39 yards.
• Increased his career field goals made with the Steelers to 86 – the sixth-most in team history:
Rk. STEELER, YEARS FIELD GOALS MADE
1. Gary Anderson, 1982-94 309
2. Jeff Reed, 2002-10 204
3. Roy Gerela, 1971-78 146
4. Shaun Suisham, 2010-14 124
5. Norm Johnson, 1995-98 105
6. Chris Boswell, 2015-current 86
P Jordan Berry
• Tied Mark Royals (85) for the third-most punts inside the 20 in Steelers history, landing two in the 20:
Rk. STEELER, YEARS PUNTS INSIDE THE 20
1. Josh Miller, 1996-2003 194
2. Craig Colquitt, 1978-84 112
T3. Jordan Berry, 2015-current 85
Mark Royals, 1992-94 85
(Notes Provided by the Pittsburgh Steelers)