Pittsburgh 27, St. Louis 0

Saturday, December 24, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Saturday, December 24, 2011
WHERE: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TEMPERATURE: 36°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Clete Blakeman
ATTENDANCE: 60081

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh 3 7 3 14 27

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
St. Louis 2-13 1-6 1-7 L6
Pittsburgh 11-4 7-1 4-3 W1

Recap


The Pittsburgh Steelers rested their ailing quarterback but still managed to get the victory they needed to keep pace in the AFC North with a 27-0 home win over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday at Heinz Field.

The Steelers (11-4) remained tied with Baltimore atop the division, but the Ravens swept the season series and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Pittsburgh stayed in the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed even without Ben Roethlisberger, who handed the reins to Charlie Batch and rested his high ankle sprain.

Batch didn't do much – he passed for 208 yards with no touchdowns and an interception – but a strong running game helped him improve to 5-2 as a starter in seven seasons with the Steelers.

Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, only his second 100-yard game of the season and his first since he racked up 146 yards in a home win over Jacksonville in Week 6.

Pittsburgh rookie John Clay scored a 10-yard touchdown on his first career carry in the second quarter, and Isaac Redman added a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Rams (2-13) also were without their starting quarterback, as Sam Bradford sat out a fifth consecutive game with a high ankle sprain of his own. Kellen Clemens made his second straight start – and the 11th of his career – but was ineffective with only 91 yards on 9-of-24 passing.

St. Louis' Steven Jackson had a big game on the ground, rushing for 103 yards on 24 carries to push him over 1,000 yards for the seventh consecutive season – the longest streak in team history. He is the seventh player in NFL history with seven straight 1,000-yard campaigns.

Jackson is the first opposing back to top 100 yards against the Steelers since Houston's Arian Foster rushed for 155 yards against them in Week 4.

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown passed two milestones, going over 1,000 receiving yards to break Barry Foster's franchise record for all-purpose yards in a season (2,048).

Top Game Performances

Rushing
St. Louis   Pittsburgh
Steven Jackson Player Rashard Mendenhall
24 Attempts 18
103 Yards 116
4.3 Avg Yards 6.4
0 Touchdowns 1
15 Long 52
Receiving
St. Louis   Pittsburgh
Brandon Lloyd Player Mike Wallace
3 Receptions 4
29 Yards 82
9.7 Avg Yards 20.5
0 Touchdowns 0
12 Long 46

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
St. Louis 232 164 68 0 0 1 0.0 0
Pittsburgh 377 169 208 3 2 0 3.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Steelers have a W/L % of .733 after a win and .733 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against San Francisco. The Rams have a W/L % of .133 after a win and .133 after a loss.
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