The Steelers won't be traveling to the Mile High city to take on the Broncos on Sunday. Instead, they will play at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. In addition to home-field advantage, the Steelers will not have to struggle with Denver's thin air. While it seems like a minor detail, the altitude can make a difficult game that much more exhausting.
- The Steelers lost to the Denver Broncos in a 31-19 loss in Denver. Let's take a look at some other facts about the teams and the rivalry.
- Tim Tebow famously led the Broncos to victory in a heartbreaking playoff game at the end of the 2011 season. The final score was 29-23.
- During the Mike Tomlin era, the Steelers have lost all but one game to the Broncos. They won in on November 9, 2011 in Denver.
- The Steelers have only hosted the Broncos once at Heinz Field, a game they lost 31-20 in November of 2006.
- The Broncos defense is terrifying, leading the league in points allowed (17.3), total yards allowed (272.5), and passing yards (188.2).
- The Steelers happen to have an on-fire offense ranked second in the league in total yards (404.8).
- The Broncos offense, on the other hand, is ranked 18th in points (21.6) and 24th in total yards (339.2).
- Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, drafted in the third round by Pittsburgh, is in his second season with the Broncos. He tallied 1,404 yards in 2014 and is at 788 yards so far this season.
- The Steelers December record under Mike Tomlin is an impressive 27-12.
- The Steelers are 6.5-point favorites to win on Sunday.
- No quarterback has thrown for more than 300 yards against the Broncos this season.
Though the Denver Broncos are 10-3, they have not faced an offense quite as daunting as the Steelers'. The top-ranked defense against the best offense in the league should make for one of the best matchups of the entire season.