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2012 Game-by-Game: Week 1

Posted Jun 26, 2012

The Broncos open the 2012 season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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.

Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Opponent 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, Demaryius Thomas caught an 80-yard touchdown for the game-winner.
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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
Cornerback Champ Bailey is a familiar face in the Broncos secondary, but he's surrounded by seasoned first-year Broncos hoping to record their first big plays in the Mile High City. The chess match pitting Roethlisberger and his speedy wideouts against vets like Drayton Florence and Tracy Porter will be fun to watch.

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.