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Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)
Date/Time: Jan. 9, 2016 at 8:15 p.m.
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Steelers, 56-35
Streak: Steelers, four of the last five
Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: 8-18. Mike Tomlin: 13-5.
Coaches Playoff Record: Marvin Lewis: 0-6. Mike Tomlin: 5-4.
TV Broadcast: CBS (8:15 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter).
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by a "triple cast" on Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Laura Okmin (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Pit), 82 (Cin). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Pit), 82 (Cin)
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Weather: 43 degrees with a chance of rain [Weather Underground]
Odds: Steelers, -2.5 [SB Nation]
Referee: John Perry
Uniform: Black jerseys, white pants

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • The Bengals have reached the postseason for the seventh time under head coach Marvin Lewis (2005, 2009, 2011-2015), and embark on a franchise-record fifth consecutive playoff appearance.
  • The Bengals are looking to secure their first postseason win since Jan. 6, 1991 against the Houston Oilers (Wild Card).
  • Bengals tied a franchise-record for regular-season wins (12).
  • Quarterback Andy Dalton has a starting record of 50-26-1 (.656), which is the highest winning percentage of any quarterback in franchise history (minimum 20 starts).
  • Dalton has 24 career road wins, most of any starting QB in Super Bowl era in first five NFL seasons.
  • In his past four games, quarterback AJ McCarron has completed 76 of 115 (66.1 pct.) passes for 832 yards with six touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 97.4 rating.
  • McCarron generated 280 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers in Week 14.
  • Running back Jeremy Hill is tied for first in the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns and led the team with 794 yards rushing.
  • Hill posted six rushing touchdowns in his past seven games, including 96 yards and a touchdown last week against the Ravens.
  • Hill has 20 career rushing touchdowns, the most ever by a Bengal during his first two NFL seasons.
  • RB Giovani Bernard is averaging 85 yards from scrimmage in two career postseason games.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, wide receiver A.J. Green has 6,171 receiving yards, fifth-most of any player during his first five seasons.
  • Green led the team with 1,297 receiving yards and joined Chad Johnson (6, 2002-07) as the only Bengals with at least five consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
  • Green is one of two players in NFL history with five-plus consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons to begin a career (Randy Moss, 6).
  • Tight end Tyler Eifert led all NFL tight ends with 13 touchdown receptions, most ever by a Bengals tight end in franchise history.
  • The Bengals are one of two NFL teams with two players who secured 11+ sacks in 2015 -- defensive end Carlos Dunlap (13.5) and defensive tackle Geno Atkins (11).
  • Dunlap's 13.5 sacks surpassed Eddie Edwards' single-season franchise record (13 in 1983).
  • Atkins has 1.5 sacks in three career postseason games.
  • Safety Reggie Nelson finished tied for a league-leading eight interceptions.
  • Nelson is the first Bengals player that finished first (solo or tied) with the most interceptions in the NFL since Deltha O'Neal (2005).
  • Linebacker Vincent Rey led the team with 95 tackles.
  • The Bengals have five players selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl (WR Green, TE Eifert, T Andrew Whitworth, DT Atkins, S Nelson).

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • The Steelers have a 33-22 (.600) all-time postseason record, are second all-time in total playoff wins and fourth all-time in winning percentage.
  • The Steelers need one playoff win to tie Dallas (34) for most all-time.
  • In 2005, the Steelers became first No. 6 seed in NFL history to win a Super Bowl (XL vs Seahawks).
  • The Steelers set an NFL record for two-point conversions in single season, converting 8 of 11 attempts in 2015.
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger led the NFL with 328.2 passing yards per game in 2015 (3,938 yards in 12 games), third-highest single-season average in NFL history.
  • Roethlisberger has a 10-5 career postseason record.
  • Roethlisberger has an 11-2 record at Cincinnati (including the playoffs) and has passed for 3,010 yards with 19 touchdowns vs nine interceptions for a passer rating of 98.1.
  • During the Jan. 8, 2006 playoff meeting, Roethlisberger completed 14 of 19 (73.7 percent) for 208 yards with 3 touchdowns vs. 0 interceptions for a 148.7 passer rating.
  • RB DeAngelo Williams is tied for first in the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns and ranked third among AFC running backs with 1,274 scrimmage yards in 2015.
  • In his past eight games, Williams is averaging 112.1 scrimmage yards per game with eight rushing touchdowns.
  • WR Antonio Brown posted a career-best 136 catches in 2015, tied for second-most during a single season in NFL history, and ranked second in the NFL with a franchise-record 1,834 receiving yards.
  • Brown led the NFL with 129 catches in 2014 and his 265 receptions over the past two seasons are most of any two-year span in league history.
  • Brown is one of two players in NFL history with back-to-back 120-catch seasons (Hall of Famer Cris Carter).
  • Brown led the team with 10 touchdowns catches and joined Hines Ward (2002-03) as the only Steelers with consecutive 10-TD catch seasons.
  • WR Martavis Bryant has 16 touchdowns in 22 career games (including playoffs).
  • Bryant posted five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in his only career playoff game (2014 Wild Card game against the Ravens).
  • Tight end Heath Miller has 46 career postseason receptions and needs six more to surpass Keith Jackson (51) for fifth-most by a tight end in playoff history.
  • In 13 career playoff games, linebacker James Harrison has 6.5 sacks and 100-yard interception return for a touchdown (SB XLIII vs. Arizona), which is currently tied for second-longest in playoff history.
  • Linebacker Lawrence Timmons led the team with 119 tackles. Since 2007, Timmons is the only NFL player with 30+ sacks (33) and 10+ interceptions (10).
  • Safety Mike Mitchell led the team with three interceptions and a career-best nine passes defensed.
  • The Steelers have three players selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl (QB Roethlisberger, WR Brown, G David DeCastro).

TEAM RANKINGS

OFFENSE BENGALS STEELERS
Total 358.0 (15th) 395.4 (3rd)
Scoring 26.2 (7th) 26.4 (t-4th)
Third Downs 40% (13th) 39% (17th)
Rushing 112.8 (13th) 107.8 (16th)
Rushing TDs 18 (t-4th) 16 (t-6th)
20-Yard Runs 5 (31st) 15 (5th)
Passing 245.2 (15th) 287.7 (3rd)
Passing TDs 31 (t-11th) 26 (t-16th)
Sacks Allowed 32 (t-8th) 33 (t-11th)
20-yard Passes 63 (4th) 61 (5th)
DEFENSE BENGALS STEELERS
Total 340.8 (11th) 363.1 (21st)
Scoring 17.4 (2nd) 19.9 (11th)
3rd Downs Allowed 39% (18th) 40% (21st)
Rushing 92.3 (7th) 91.2 (5th)
Rushing TDs 8 (t-6th) 6 (2nd)
Passing 248.5 (20th) 271.9 (30th)
Passing TDs 18 (2nd) 29 (t-19th)
Sacks 42 (9th) 48 (3rd)
QB Rating 78.9 (5th) 90.9 (17th)
Interceptions 21 (3rd) 17 (t-6th)
SPECIAL TEAMS BENGALS STEELERS
Kickoff Return 20.6 (t-28th) 24.2 (14th)
Punt Return 8.1 (t-17th) 8.3 (16th)
Punting (Net) 40.5 (10th) 39.1 (24th)
Punts Inside the 20 22 (t-24th) 28 (t-12th)

BENGALS ALL-TIME RECORD AGAINST THE STEELERS

Date Stadium Result
12/13/2015 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 20-33
11/01/2015 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 16-10
12/28/2014 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 27-17
12/07/2014 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 42-21
12/15/2013 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 30-20
09/16/2013 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 20-10
12/23/2012 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 13-10
10/21/2012 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-17
12/04/2011 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 35-7
11/13/2011 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-17
12/12/2010 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 23-7
11/08/2010 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 27-21
11/15/2009 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 18-12
09/27/2009 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 23-20
11/20/2008 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 27-10
10/19/2008 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 38-10
12/02/2007 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 24-10
10/28/2007 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-13
12/31/2006 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 23-17, OT
09/24/2006 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 28-20
01/08/2006 * Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 31-17
12/04/2005 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 38-31
10/23/2005 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 27-13
11/21/2004 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 19-14
10/03/2004 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 28-17
11/30/2003 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 24-20
09/21/2003 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 17-10
11/24/2002 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 29-21
10/13/2002 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 34-7
12/30/2001 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 26-23, OT
10/07/2001 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 16-7
11/26/2000 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 48-28
10/15/2000 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 15-0
11/28/1999 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 27-20
10/17/1999 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) L 17-3
12/20/1998 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 25-24
10/11/1998 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) W 25-20
11/16/1997 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 20-3
10/19/1997 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) L 26-10
11/10/1996 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) W 34-24
10/13/1996 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 20-10
11/19/1995 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 49-31
10/19/1995 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 27-9
12/04/1994 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 38-15
10/16/1994 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 14-10
11/07/1993 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-16
09/19/1993 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 34-7
11/29/1992 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 21-9
10/19/1992 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 20-0
12/15/1991 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 17-10
11/10/1991 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 33-27, OT
12/02/1990 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 16-12
11/18/1990 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 27-3
10/08/1989 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 26-16
09/17/1989 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 41-10
11/06/1988 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 42-7
09/18/1988 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 17-12
11/22/1987 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 30-16
10/25/1987 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 23-20
10/26/1986 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 30-9
10/13/1986 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 24-22
10/27/1985 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 26-21
09/30/1985 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 37-24
11/11/1984 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 22-20
10/01/1984 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 38-17
12/04/1983 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 23-10
10/10/1983 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-14
09/19/1982 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 26-20, OT
12/13/1981 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 17-10
10/18/1981 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 34-7
10/12/1980 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 17-16
09/21/1980 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 30-28
12/02/1979 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 37-17
10/14/1979 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 34-10
11/19/1978 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 7-6
09/17/1978 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 28-3
12/10/1977 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 17-10
10/17/1977 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 20-14
11/28/1976 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 7-3
10/17/1976 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 23-6
12/13/1975 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 35-14
11/02/1975 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 30-24
12/14/1974 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 27-3
11/10/1974 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 17-10
10/28/1973 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 20-13
10/14/1973 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 19-7
11/05/1972 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 40-17
09/24/1972 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 15-10
12/12/1971 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 21-13
09/26/1971 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 21-10
11/22/1970 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 34-7
11/02/1970 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 21-10