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Steelers vs. 49ers: 10 amazing statistics from Sunday's game

Sunday's blowout victory by the Steelers didn't look like it came from a team that is missing two key, offensive players. These ten statistics show just how good this team could be.

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes, the score of a game isn't indicative of the play on the field.

Sunday's game between the Steelers and the 49ers at Heinz Field wasn't one of those. This game was every bit as lopsided as the 43-18 Steelers victory suggests -- maybe more, considering San Francisco scored a garbage-time touchdown long after the game was out of reach.

Take a look at these 10 jaw-dropping statistics following the Steelers dominating performance at Heinz Field Sunday:
  1. The Steelers had the ball for 23 minutes and 1 second. In that time, they scored 43 points. That's 1.87 points per minute.

  2. So far this year, the Steelers are a perfect 3 for 3 on two-point conversion tries, but have already missed an extra point. Takeaway? Go for two. Always go for two.

  3. Through two games, rookie punter Jordan Berry is averaging 43.4 yards per punt -- good for sixth in the NFL. But what's more impressive is that he's only punted five times this season. What's most impressive of all, though? The 12 total return yards on those five punts. Berry largely won his battle with Brad Wing this pre-season because of his hang time; he's still hanging 'em high -- and kicking them long, too: a week ago he had a 50-yard punt, and on Sunday his best was a booming, 62-yarder from his own end zone.

  4. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is currently averaging 11.1 yards per attempt. That means that, every time Ben drops back to pass, he is averaging more than first-down distance. He's been sacked just twice, has completed more than 72 percent of his throws and already has 10 completions of 20 or more yards -- tops in the NFL.

  5. Six of those ten were on Sunday, with the shortest going for 28 yards and the longest for 59. They went to three different receivers (three for Brown, two for Darrius Heyward-Bey and one to Markus Wheaton).

  6. Receiver Antonio Brown had 9 catches for 195 yards, good for 21.7 yards per completion. That's a great number for someone who catches 30 balls all season, like former Steeler Mike Wallace did as a rookie. That number is ridiculous, though, for a team's number-one receiver, who constantly draws extra coverage. For the season, Brown's 328 yards on just 18 receptions are good for an average of 18.2 yards per catch. He's on pace for 144 catches and 2,624 yards. That would best records by Marvin Harrison (143 catches) and Calvin Johnson (1,964 yards).  Sunday's game was also Brown's 35th consecutive game with at least 5 catches and 50 yards, and his 12 straight with at least 7 catches -- both are NFL records.

  7. The 49ers finished week one with the best rushing attack in the league. The Steelers, however, stymied their running backs, holding Carlos Hyde, Mike Davis and Jarryd Hayne to 60 yards on 22 carries. For the year, running backs have managed just 3.1 yards per carry against what is shaping up to be a solid front seven.

  8. Speaking of the front seven, they sacked Colin Kaepernick five times, giving them six sacks for the year (safety Will Allen also had a sack in week one). That currently has them tied with the Cleveland Browns for fourth in the NFL. The front seven are on pace for 48 sacks in 2015, and the entire defense is on pace for 56. In 2014, the Steelers managed just 33 sacks for the year. Since the league started officially tracking sacks in 1982, the Steelers have never had 56 sacks in a season. Their best was 55, in 1994 and 2002.

  9. Ryan Shazier picked up the Steelers' first forced turnover of the year when he fell on a Kaepernick fumble. Shazier was, himself, a force on Sunday: 15 tackles (11 solo), a sack and a fumble recovery. It's not quite James Harrison's epic, one-man-defense stat line against the Baltimore Ravens one Monday night in 2007, but it's a great sign out of the second-year player.

  10. Without Martavis Bryant, who is serving a four-game suspension, Heyward-Bey has been able to shine.  Last season, he had just 3 catches for 33 yards. On Sunday alone, he caught four passes for 71 yards, giving him 8 catches and 135 yards through two games. He won't take many reps from Bryant when he returns, but he's sure going to make it hard for rookie third-round pick Sammie Coates to get a hat this season.