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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Pittsburgh 7 7 7 6 27
Buffalo 0 7 0 13 20
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 AM 北京时间11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� , December 11, 2016
New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York  Weather: 27°, Cloudy  Attendance: 69,657

Steelers travel to Buffalo for rust-belt rivalry

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Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills

  1. Led by a strong defensive effort and two Ben Roethlisberger touchdown passes, the Steelers ran their winning streak to three games with a 24-14 home win over the Giants on Sunday. Pittsburgh's defense held New York to 234 total yards, forced a first-quarter safety (holding penalty in the end zone) and intercepted Eli Manning twice. Lawrence Timmons' 58-yard interception return set up Pittsburgh's first TD, a 22-yard strike from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown in the second quarter. The Steelers extended the lead to 21-7 in the third quarter, when Roethlisberger capped an 88-yard drive with a 20-yard scoring pass to Ladarius Green (six catches, 110 yards). Le'Veon Bell ran for 118 yards for the winners, giving him three straight 100-yard performances.
  2. After jumping to a 24-9, third-quarter lead at Oakland in Week 13, the Bills gave up 29 unanswered points in the game's final 21 minutes and fell, 38-24. Buffalo built its lead with three rushing touchdowns -- two by Mike Gillislee -- but allowed touchdowns on three straight drives to fall behind early in the fourth quarter. Tyrod Taylor (191 passing yards, no TD passes, four sacks) was then intercepted deep in Buffalo territory to set up Oakland's final touchdown. LeSean McCoy had 130 rushing yards and 61 receiving yards in a losing effort. Buffalo's defense failed to record a sack or a takeaway; the Bills have forced only two turnovers in their last six games.
  3. The Steelers have taken the last five meetings between the teams; including postseason, Pittsburgh is 9-1 versus Buffalo since the 1993 season. Buffalo's last win in the series came on October 10, 1999 at Buffalo, 24-21. The teams last played in Buffalo on November 28, 2010, with the Steelers winning in overtime, 19-16.
  4. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 297 career TD passes; he has thrown for touchdowns in 29 different stadiums, but has never thrown a TD pass at New Era Field (previously Ralph Wilson Stadium), having played only one game there. With three touchdown passes on Sunday, Roethlisberger would become the 10th QB to throw 300 TD passes, and would tie John Elway for ninth on the all-time list.
  5. Tyrod Taylor has 469 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns this season; both numbers are tops among NFL quarterbacks. Taylor ranks 28th in passing yards, 2292, and is tied for 26th in TD passes with 11. As a team, the Bills have 23 rushing touchdowns and 11 TD passes this season; since 2000, only the 2000 Bengals (13 and 6) and '08 Panthers (30 and 15) have finished a season with at least twice as many rushing TDs as touchdown passes.
  6. The Steelers have made the postseason 28 times since 1970, tied with Dallas for the most playoff appearances in that span (counting Dallas' already-secured playoff berth this year). The Bills have the longest active drought of consecutive seasons without a playoff berth -- 16 seasons (entering 2016).
Team Comparison

Pittsburgh
 
Buffalo
24.2 Points 25.4
276.3 Pass Yds 194.8
102.3 Rush Yds 161.9
16 Takeaways 14

Le'Veon Bell set the scene for Sunday's matchup between rust belt rivals Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

"It's December football," the Steelers running back said. "We understand everybody is fighting for position. We just want to get the job done. That's all there is to it."

The Steelers (7-5) have steered their season in the right direction, winning three straight after a four-game losing streak to move into a tie with Baltimore atop the AFC North standings and within one game of Denver for the final wild-card spot.

"We are in a good situation right now, but we obviously have to win this game and better," Bell said.

Pittsburgh controls its fate over the final four weeks of this season, but could cede that control with a single loss.

"We always want to worry about what's going on in the stadium we're in," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "We don't want to have to look around. We've done that in years past. For us to just have to go out and take care of our own business is good for us."

The Bills (6-6) are further out on the fringe of the playoff picture, unable to catch New England in the AFC East and seventh in the wild-card race when tiebreakers are factored in.

Buffalo likely needs to win its last four games to end the longest active playoff drought (16 seasons) in North American sports.

But the Bills won four straight earlier this season, and enter a three-game home stretch hopeful they can repeat the feat.

"This experience right here could be the start of something new," Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "That's what we're trying to do and trying to establish. Take seize of it right now, this opportunity that we have. If we can do that, things start to turn around."

Coming off two consecutive wins, the Bills led by two touchdowns on the road at Oakland last week before quarterback Tyrod Taylor and the Buffalo defense "imploded," as head coach Rex Ryan put it, allowing 29 unanswered points.

Buffalo's passing offense ranks last in the NFL and the Bills are 14-12 with Taylor under center over the past two seasons. Taylor's shortcomings have raised questions about whether the Bills should opt out of the lucrative contract extension they gave Taylor prior to the season.

"My future in Buffalo is this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers," Taylor said. "That's what matters the most. Other than that, I don't feel like talking about my contract. We still have games to play."

Frustrated with further questioning about his future in Buffalo, Taylor abruptly ended his news conference Wednesday. "I'm done talking," he said while throwing down his practice jersey.

Ryan defended Taylor's play, noting injuries to receivers Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Percy Harvin and tight end Charles Clay, among others.

"I just think it is easy to sit back and be critical, but if you are playing without five receivers in the game," Ryan said, "it is going to affect you."

The Bills are optimistic Woods can return this week after missing two games with a knee sprain. It would be the first time since Week 2 the Bills have had Woods and top wideout Sammy Watkins in the lineup together.

After averaging 34 points in their first four wins, the Steelers have not scored more than 28 points in each of their last three wins. A more balanced, ball-control offense has featured Bell more and more as winter approaches.

Bell, a Central Ohio native, knows what it takes to thrive along the rust belt this time of year.

"I played high school football in this weather," he said. "I was born into this."

Updated December 9, 2016

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