ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Over the next few weeks, DenverBroncos.com will take a look at the team's 2012 schedule week-by-week, including a look at the last time the teams faced off, what to watch for this season and more.
Below is a closer look at the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
|o DATE: Sunday, September 9 |
o TIME: 6:20 p.m. MDT
o LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
o TELEVISION: NBC (NTL)
o OPP. 2011 RECORD: 12-4
o ALL-TIME VS. OPP.: 13-7-1
THE LAST TIME: On January 8, 2012, the Broncos earned their first postseason victory since 2005, defeating the Steelers 29-23 in overtime. On the first play of overtime,
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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The rematch. The Steelers were one of the league's best teams in 2011, posting a 12-4 regular-season record as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 63 percent of his passes and accounted for more than 4,000 yards passing. Pittsburgh has always been known for its defense, and 2011 was no exception. The Steelers gave up just 272 yards per game, the best mark in the NFL. The season opener in primetime on national television will pit two of the league's proudest franchises in what promises to be a star-studded season opener.
KEY MATCHUP: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger vs. Denver's pass defense
NOTES: The first regular-season Broncos-Steelers matchup since 2009, when Pittsburgh won 28-10 in Denver…It marks the second consecutive season the Broncos have opened at home after starting the season on the road for six straight years.