Special Sub-Topic: Steelers: Road to Super Bowl XLV
|The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated which team in the AFC Championship game to earn the right to Super Bowl XLV ?|
New York Jets. The Steelers opened the game up with a 24-0 lead with one minute left in the first half. In the first half, the Jets had only one yard rushing. The Jets gave it back to Pittsburgh with 19 unanswered points from there. The Steelers won the game 24-19. Earning the right to the Super Bowl XLV, it was the 33rd postseason game for the franchise, and their second AFC Championship crown in three seasons.
|What was Pittsburgh's regular season record?|
12-4. The Steelers, even without four games with their franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, they still won 12 games in the season. They matched the record of their AFC North Division rivals, Baltimore Ravens, who won their wildcard game against the Chiefs. The Steelers won the divisional championship game against the Ravens.
|Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was initially charged with some negative offseason endeavors. Even with the charges later being dropped, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell still suspended Ben for six games, then later dropped the suspension to four games. How many of those first four games did the Steelers lose?|
1. The Steelers won their first three games of the season against the Falcons, Titans, and Buccaneers. Week 4 saw them lose to the Ravens, 17-14. In Roethlisberger's absence, the team was carried by backup quarterbacks Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon.
|How many times in the 2010 season were the Steelers held to less than 10 points in a game?|
0. The lowest scoring game that Pittsburgh experienced in the season was a 20-10 loss in Week 8 to the New Orleans Saints. The Steelers averaged 23.4 points per game in the season. Their biggest win was a Week 11 win over the Raiders, 35-3.
|Who led the Steelers in points scored for the 2010 season?|
Rashard Mendenhall (running back). Reed only played in nine games in the season due to injuries. He provided 64 points with his foot. Backup kicker Shaun Suisham played in the other six games in the season for Reed. Both kickers went a combined total of 38-for-38 PATs. Mendenhall led the team with his 13 rushing touchdowns and 78 points, while rushing for 1273 yards. Hines Ward scored 30 points, and Roethlisberger scored 12.
|The Steelers allowed 232 points over 16 games in the season. Where did they rank with this statistic amongst all other NFL teams?|
1st. Their was only five teams in the NFL that allowed less than 300 points in the season. The Steelers led the entire NFL with their 232 points allowed. Only the Steelers and the Ravens allowed less than 300 points in the AFC, with the Ravens allowing 270. In the NFC, the Packers led their conference by allowing only 240 points, the Bears with 286, and the Falcons allowing 288 points.
|Who was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010?|
Mike Tomlin. Tomlin was in his fourth head coaching season in the NFL, all with the Steelers. Mike began it all in 2007 with a 10-6 record, then 12-4, then 9-7, then another 12-4 record in 2010. In the 2008 season, Tomlin took the Steelers to a Super Bowl Championship over the Arizona Cardinals. Marvin Lewis was head coach of the Bengals, Payton was with the Saints, and Fisher was with the Tennessee Titans.
|Who led the Steelers defense in interceptions in the season?|
Troy Polamalu. Troy led the Steelers with seven picks in the season. Nobody else on the team had more than two. Polamalu was in his eighth season. He tied his career high of seven with his 2008 Steeler season. Troy played in only 14 games in 2010 due to injuries.
|Which player was the Steelers first draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft?|
Maurkice Pouncey. Maurkice Pouncey was Pittsburgh's center and played in all 16 games in his rookie season. He was drafted out of Florida as the number 18th overall pick. The others were not rookies in 2010.
|Only one team scored more than 25 points against Pittsburgh in the season. Which team was it?|
New England Patriots. In Week 10, the Steelers hosted the Patriots in a 39-26 loss. Roethlisberger threw for 387 yards while Tom Brady threw for 350.
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