STEELERS-FALCONS: Records & Stats


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PITTSBURGH (8-5) at ATLANTA (5-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE – Steelers by 1 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Pittsburgh 6-7, Atlanta 7-6

SERIES RECORD – Steelers lead 12-2-1

LAST MEETING – Steelers beat Falcons 15-9, OT, Sept. 12, 2010

LAST WEEK – Steelers beat Bengals 42-21; Falcons lost to Packers 43-37

AP PRO32 RANKING – Steelers No. 11, Falcons No. 23

STEELERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (2), RUSH (8), PASS (2).

STEELERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (19), RUSH (9), PASS (23).

FALCONS OFFENSE – OVERALL (8), RUSH (23), PASS (5).

FALCONS DEFENSE – OVERALL (32), RUSH (21), PASS (32).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Falcons are assured of second straight non-winning season, but lead NFC South with a tiebreaker edge over New Orleans (5-8). If Atlanta wins out, it would win division and host first-round playoff game. … Steelers are half-game behind Cincinnati in AFC North. … Pittsburgh RB Le’Veon Bell has three straight games of at least 200 yards of total offense, joining Walter Payton as only players in NFL history to accomplish feat. … Falcons tied for last in league with just 15 sacks. Osi Umenyiora and Kory Biermann share team lead with minuscule 2 1/2 sacks apiece. This would be a good week to turn those numbers around. Steelers can be vulnerable to strong rush, having allowed 31 sacks. … After three subpar games, Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns in last week’s victory over Bengals, including a 94-yarder to Martavis Bryant. Roethlisberger guides NFL’s second-rated passing offense against league’s lowest-ranked pass defense. … Two of past three games between teams have gone to overtime. They settled for a 34-34 tie in 2002 after failing to score in extra period, and Steelers won 15-9 in 2010 season opener on Rashard Mendenhall’s 50-yard touchdown run. In between, Falcons won another tight game, 41-38 in 2006.