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Steelers vs. Ravens: NFL Week 1 Game Notes

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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.

STEELERS:

  • 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..

RAVENS:

  • 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.