The Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks faced off in a rematch of Super Bowl XL, with the loser being out of the outside of the playoffs, looking in at the hunt for Super Bowl 50. The Seahawks won the shootout 39-30.
The 30 points scored by the Steelers is the most a Seahawks opponent has scored and they still won. Coming into Sunday’s matchup, the Seattle Seahawks were 0-5 when allowing their opposition to score 20+ points. With the victory, the Seahawks stopped their two game losing streak at home. They have not lost 3 consecutive home games since 2008. .
The 456 passing yards by Ben Roethlisberger is the most given up by a Pete Carroll Seattle coached defense. The Steelers defense came into the game as the 4th worse pass defense in the NFL (278.4 ypg). Russell Wilson and the Seahawks gained 480 through the air.
Pittsburgh gained 436 total yards Sunday. Seattle came into the game giving up only 303.5 yards per game, that was good for 2nd in NFL.
The 4 interceptions thrown by Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones combined, 2 for each, led to 19 Seattle points.
After having only one penalty in the first half, the Steelers finished the game with 8–many of which very controversial–for 76 yards, while the Seahawks had 6 for only 65 yards.
Markus Wheaton caught 9 receptions for 201 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks defense, mostly Richard Sherman focused on Antonio Brown, opening up opportunities for Wheaton and Bryant. Brown caught 6 passes for 51 yards, while Bryant caught 5 for 69 yards and added a rushing touchdown.
Pittsburgh won the time of possession 32:00 to 28:00, and the 3rd down efficiency 7/13 (53%) to 5/11 (45%).
Pittsburgh is 3-1 against the NFC West in 2015. Next up for the Steelers, the 6-5 Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night football which will have major AFC Playoff implications.