, Both teams were held scoreless before a record crowd at M&T Bank Stadium until a Baltimore field goal gave the Ravens a 3–0 lead at 12:34 of the second quarter. We are here to get better individually and collectively and I think we are doing that.” Limas Sweed experimented on special teams play for the first time ever, with a concentration in punt blocking. The Steelers defense shut out the Redskins in the second quarter while the Steelers scored on a field goal to cut the lead in half. 2003 Bert Bell Award (Player of the Year), 2004 Bert Bell Award (Player of the Year), 2013 Bert Bell Award (Player of the Year). But we feel comfortable with where he is relative to Sunday and where he’s capable of being next week. In the fourth quarter, another Jonathan Stewart run gave the Carolina Panthers the lead and eventually, the victory. Reed converted his second field goal of the game, bringing the Steelers within seven points with 7:20 remaining in regulation.
 Multiple Steelers stated that they would watch the games of the Wild Card round. The Panthers would run wild, literally, as they would amass a team record 299 yards on the ground (186 of them from DeAngelo Williams, 115 from Jonathan Stewart).
 The Steelers were sixth among all NFL teams.  The Chargers scored on the game's first drive with a 41-yard pass from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, the Lions tried to rally as Culpepper got a 1-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point conversion), yet Carolina pulled away with Williams getting a 4-yard TD run.  Pittsburgh received the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards to open the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Mewelde Moore to put the Steelers up 7–0. In the second quarter, the Saints took the lead as FB Mike Karney got a 1-yard TD run. In the first quarter, Carolina trailed early as Lions QB Daunte Culpepper completed a 29-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson.  The defense finished ranked first in the league in total and passing yards given up and second in rushing yards. Coming off their road win over the Raiders, the Panthers went home for a Week 11 duel with the winless Detroit Lions. 2. At over thirty years in age each, all three starting linemen returned. Coming off their home win over the Broncos, the Panthers flew to Giants Stadium for a crucial Week 16 battle with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, where the winner would lock up the NFC's #1 seed. , Pittsburgh hosted the Baltimore Ravens—who defeated the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card and Divisional rounds respectively—for the AFC Championship Game. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. James Harrison forced his first of two fumbles on the Patriots' next drive and the Steelers recovered as Reed added his third field goal of the game—putting the Steelers up 23–10. Multiple Steelers starters did not play in the game, due to various injuries. In the first quarter, Carolina pounced first as kicker John Kasay got a 39-yard field goal.
 Reed was named the NFL's special teams player of the week.
, Entering the first week of the season, players voted Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, James Farrior, and Jeff Reed team captains. They began preparations for their first post-season game on Tuesday, December 30 through Thursday, January 1, before three days of weekend rest. Also, WR Muhsin Muhammad (5 receptions for 59 yards) became the 29th player in NFL history to amass 10,000 career receiving yards. , On February 17, Ernie Holmes, who played for the Steelers from 1972 to 1977, was killed in a car crash.
(The Sheriff or The Caveman), Born: This was also Carolina's second appearance on NBC's Sunday Night Football. The Cincinnati Bengals took a 7–0 lead in the first quarter after a 62-yard drive. ", Pittsburgh scored the game's first points, with Jeff Reed converting on field goals from 34 and 42 yards in the first quarter. La Temporada 2008 de la NFL fue la 89ª en la historia de la National Football League.  The game was the first regular season game in NFL history to end with a final score of 11–10. Pittsburgh was unable to convert on their final two drives, as Roethlisberger threw his fourth interception of the day. Cleveland responded with a 14 play, 71 yard drive, but Troy Polamalu intercepted a Cleveland pass as time expired in the first half solidifying Pittsburgh's seven point halftime lead. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. , Pittsburgh's first inter-conference opponent of the season was the Philadelphia Eagles. The 2008 season was the San Diego Chargers ' 39th in the National Football League and their 49th overall.
Baltimore consiguió la sexta plaza en la AFC por delante de New England por mejor balance conferencial (Baltimore, 8–4; New England, 7–5). Gary Russell scored on a 1-yard touchdown rush to extend the Steelers lead. , Pittsburgh traveled to Minnesota to play the Vikings for their third pre-season game.   With the victory the Steelers won their second consecutive AFC North title and clinched a first round bye and became the first AFC franchise to amass 550 wins. After a Bryant McFadden interception the Steelers drove 70 yards and Roethlisberger connected with Hines Ward for their third touchdown combination of the season. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more.
, The Steelers concluded their primetime schedule with their only Thursday night game of the season. Two plays later Deshea Townsend intercepted Romo's next pass and returned the ball 25 yards, scoring a touchdown to give the Steelers a seven-point lead, which they held to the end of the game. In his second season as head coach Mike Tomlin was selected in fan balloting as the Motorola Coach of the Year. Pittsburgh's Moore scored his third touchdown of the day—his second rushing—and Hines Ward's 16-yard touchdown reception gave the Steelers 31 points to the Bengals' ten.
Rashard Mendenhall—in his first NFL start—left the game in the third quarter with a season-ending shoulder injury. The franchise finished one position behind the cross-town hockey team Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Steelers held them for no gain on the first two plays and Lawrence Timmons sacked Flacco on third down. In the third quarter, New York was gaining ground with quarterback Eli Manning completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kevin Boss. at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. New York would regain the lead in the second quarter with running back Brandon Jacobs getting a 2-yard touchdown run, yet the Panthers answered right back with Williams getting a 5-yard and a 1-yard touchdown run.
Pope.  Toronto's Rogers Centre hosted the second pre-season game; it was the first pre-season game Pittsburgh played in Toronto since 1960. Carolina would reply with QB Jake Delhomme completing a 56-yard TD pass to WR Steve Smith.  The Steelers and the Titans were scoreless after the first quarter, when Tennessee took a 3–0 lead on the second play of the second quarter. With the win, the Panthers improved to 9–3. Reed converted his third field goal of the game from 46 yards in the third quarter.  The Steelers scored first on a 24-yard field goal from Jeff Reed with 2:44 remaining in the second quarter. Cincinnati retaliated on their ensuing drive adding a field goal from Dave Rayner. In the first quarter, Carolina pounced first as QB Jake Delhomme completed a 3-yard TD pass to WR Muhsin Muhammad.  Mewelde Moore opened up the game's scoring with a 32-yard touchdown run on the Steelers opening drive. In the third quarter, the Raiders responded with kicker Sebastian Janikowski getting a 38-yard and a 45-yard field goal.
The Steelers took over after a punt and Mewelde Moore caught a 24-yard reception to bring the Steelers to Baltimore's 31-yard line. , During the Pittsburgh Penguins run for the Stanley Cup multiple members of the Steelers showed support for the cross-town team.  The Steelers played five nationally televised primetime games, the maximum allowed number by the NFL. At halftime the score was 9–7, in favor of the Panthers.
 Jeff Reed accounted for all of the Steelers' points, kicking four field goals—the final with 4 seconds remaining—to give Pittsburgh a 12–10 victory. , Pittsburgh opened their pre-season schedule with a 16–10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
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