Courtesy of the NFL's amazing communications and marketing arm, here's a few notes and stats for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, who meet Sunday afternoon on Kickoff Weekend.
- Head coach Mike Tomlin is 4-0 on Kickoff Weekend.
- The Steelers have won 40 season openers in franchise history, the most of any AFC team.
- The Steelers have won eight consecutive season openers, the longest active streak in the NFL.
- Including the postseason, Ben Roethlisberger is 9-2 (.818) as starter vs. Ravens and has 17 TDs vs. 9 INTs with a 84.8 passer rating. Big Ben has thrown career-best 158 consecutive passes in regular season without INT, the longest such streak by Steelers QB since Kordell Stewart (159 consecutive passes without INT in '01).
- Rashard Mendenhall (1,273 rush yards, 13 rush TDs in '10) joined Willie Parker (1,494 rush yards, 13 rush TDs in '06) as only Steelers w/ 1,200+ rush yards & at least 13 rush TDs in season.
Hines Ward (11,702) needs 133 receiving yards to surpass HOFer Don Maynard for 20th in NFL history.
- In '10, Mike Wallace (7) tied HOFer John Stallworth (7 in '84) for most 100-yard rec. games in season in club history.
- Steelers allowed NFL-low 62.8 rushing yards per game last season, 5th-fewest per game in NFL history.
- James Harrison became 1st Steeler to post double-digit sacks in 3 consecutive seasons (16 in '08; 10 in '09; 10.5 in '10).
- Postseason included, LaMarr Woodley has 8.5 sacks vs. Bal., most vs. any opponent..
- Incl. postseason, John Harbaugh has led Ravens to 36 wins as head coach, 3rd-most in NFL since '08 (Colts, 38; Steelers 38). Harbaugh is 3-0 on Kickoff Weekend.
- Joe Flacco had 3,622 passing yards & 25 TDs in '10, both rank 2nd in Ravens history. Flacco is 19-5 (.792) as home starter & has completed 419 of 671 passes (62.4 pct.) for 5,125 yards w/ 29 TDs vs. 13 INTs & 92.3 rating.
- For career, Ray Rice averages 121.4 rush yards per game when he has 25+ att. (607 total in 5 games).
- Ricky Williams will make Ravens debut...
- Anquan Boldin posted 5 rec. for 118 yards (23.6 avg.) with TD catch in last game vs. Pit..
- Lee Evans will make Ravens debut. Evans (5,934) needs 66 rec. yards to reach 6,000 career..
- Ed Reed had NFL-best 8 INTs in '10. Since '02, Reed leads NFL with 54 INTs.
- Terrell Suggs (68.5) needs 2 sacks to surpass Peter Boulware (70) for most sacks in Ravens history. Including playoff games, Suggs has 15.5 career sacks vs. Pit..
Ray Lewis led team with 145 tackles in '10.