The 4-3 Pittsburgh Steelers fly into the storm-ravaged NY Metro Area to face the Super Bowl champion New York Giants (6-2) in a match-up between two of the NFL’s flagship franchises.
Kickoff: 4:25pm Eastern
Site: MetLife Stadium
TV: CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Radio: WFAN 660AM Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross (field reporter)
The Line: Giants by 3 1/2; O/U 47 1/2
Weather: Mostly sunny, high around 50; Wind: 10-15 mph
Last Game: 10/26/08: Giants 21 at Steelers 14. Tied at 14 in 4th quarter after New York records team safety, TE Kevin Boss hauls in 2-yd. TD rec. with 3:07 remaining for decisive points.
Last Game at Site: 12/18/04: Steelers 33, Giants 30. Pittsburgh RB Jerome Bettis scores on 1-yard TD run with 4:57 remaining as Steelers defeat New York.
Streaks: Giants have won 4 of past 6 meetings
Steelers: OUT: T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), S Troy Polamalu (calf), LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring) DOUBTFUL: RB Jonathan Dwyer (quadricep), RB Rashard Mendenhall (achilles) PROBABLE: RB Baron Batch (shin), S Ryan Clark (concussion), LB Brandon Johnson (hamstring), RB Isaac Redman (ankle), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)
Giants: OUT: LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring), LB Jacquian Williams (knee) DOUBTFUL: LB Keith Rivers (calf) QUESTIONABLE: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), TE Bear Pascoe (ankle), S Kenny Phillips (knee) PROBABLE: C David Baas (ankle, elbow), DT Rocky Bernard (quadricep), WR Victor Cruz (calf), S Antrel Rolle (concussion)
Club is 16-6 (.727) vs. NFC under Mike Tomlin. With win, Tomlin will record 60th career victory…Pit. has won past 4 in Nov. on road…Have NFL-best 51.9 pct. 3rd-down conversion rate…
In only career meeting at NYG (rookie in ’04), QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 316 yards & TD. For career, Roethlisberger is 23-7 (.767) vs. NFC. Posted 21st 3 TD pass game of career last week…
RB Jonathan Dwyer aims for 3rd consecutive game with 100+ rush yards (122, 107). Rookie RB Chris Rainey is averaging 5.4 yards per carry in past 2…WR Mike Wallace has 3 TD receptions in 4 road games in ’12…TE Heath Miller has 6 TD rec. in ’12, 2nd-most among NFL TEs…
LB Larry Foote (3) needs 1.5 sack to surpass career-high of 4 sacks in ’06. Foote leads team with 50 tackles…LB James Harrison (59) needs 1.5 sacks to surpass Keith Willis (59) & Joey Porter (60) for 2nd-most sacks in Pit. history…S Ryan Clark spent 2 seasons (2002-03) w/ Giants…
Including SB XLVI, QB Eli Manning has won 8 in row vs. AFC, passing for 2,194 yards with 14 TDs & 5 INTs for 94.7 rating in those 8. Is 27-5 (.844) in Oct., best in SB era (min. 20 starts). Incl. playoffs, has won 12 of past 14…RB Ahmad Bradshaw has 408 rush yards (102 per game) & 6 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC. Giants are 10-0 when he has 100+ rush yards…
Since 2011, WR Victor Cruz ranks 3rd in NFL with 2,186 receiving yards. Has 6 TDs in past 5. In past 2 vs. AFC, Cruz has 8 catches for 214 yards (107 per game) with 4 TDs. In past 2 at home, WR Hakeem Nicks has 15 catches for 252 yards (126 per game; 16.8 avg.) & TD. …
DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 4 sacks in past 3. Has 7 sacks in past 6 vs. AFC. LB Mathias Kiwanuka had 2.5 sacks in last meeting. Has 6.5 sacks in past 8 at home vs. AFC. S Stevie Brown had career-high 2 INTS & FR vs. Cowboys & has 4 INTs in past 4 overall. Has 168 INT return yards, most by Giants player since 1963 (Dick Lynch). CB Corey Webster had INT in last meeting. Has 4 INTs in past 5 vs. AFC.