Steelers have first pick-six vs Ravens since 1996 and other odd stats

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Even Odder Stats

With the Steelers win on Sunday, it was only their second win since 2009 against Baltimore in which they had less than 50 yards rushing. The Steelers improved to 2-5 rushing the ball for less than 50 yards. However, here is the very odd statistic. The last win they had with less than 50 yards rushing came against the Ravens, and their total yards rushing was precisely 48, the Steelers total rushing yards from Sunday’s matchup.

When the Steelers have the ball for less than 26 minutes, they generally do not fare well, especially against the Ravens. The Steelers are now 2-9 facing Baltimore with time of possession less than 25 minutes. The last time they had a time of possession of exactly 24:38 just happened to be on December 24, 2006, and their opponent? Why the Baltimore Ravens, of course.

Pittsburgh has been on a nine-game losing streak when facing a ten-point deficit at half time. The losing streak goes back twelve years. Their last win coming back from ten points at halftime was on September 9, 2008, on Monday night. Who did they beat? The Baltimore Ravens. For a further twist over those 12 years and ten games, four of them happened to be against the Baltimore Ravens as well. The Steelers have never trailed by ten at halftime to the Ravens before 2008 though. The Steelers are 9-48 all-time when facing a half time deficit of ten points.

In Sunday’s game, the Steelers only had 50 offensive plays for the contest. Ironically, the very last game in which Pittsburgh racked up no more than 50 offensive plays goes back to the December 29, 2019 season finale in Baltimore, in which the ravens handily beat a badly injured Pittsburgh team 28-10.

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Since Ben Roethlisberger came into the league in 2004, Pittsburgh has only played ten games with 50 or fewer plays. Of those ten games, three happen to be against Baltimore. The truly bizarre stat is that in those ten games, Ben Roethlisberger has only played in four of them. Sunday’s game against the Ravens, the Colts in 2016, the Vikings in 2009, Jacksonville in 2006. The other six games? Charlie Batch played in five of them, and Devlin Hodges played in the other lone game. Big Ben is 3-1 in the games he played. Batch and Hodges have a combined 4-3 record.