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2005 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Bill Cowher
Home Field Heinz Field
Results
Record 11–5
Place 2nd in AFC North
Playoff Finish Won Super Bowl XL
Pro Bowlers
Team MVP Casey Hampton
Hines Ward
Team ROY Heath Miller
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2004 2006

The 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers season began with the team trying to improve on their 15–1 record from 2004 in which they lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Heinz Field. The Steelers, with the sixth and final seed to the playoffs, became just the second team ever (and the first in 20 years) to win three road games on their way to the Super Bowl. After becoming the first sixth seed ever to win both a Divisional Playoff game and a Conference Championship, they defeated the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL to secure their league-tying fifth Super Bowl title. In doing so, they also became the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to win a Super Bowl without playing a single home playoff game.

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff (ET) TV Opponent Result Game site NFL Recap
1 Sunday September 11 1:00 PM CBS Tennessee Titans W 34–7 Heinz Field Recap
2 Sunday September 18 1:00 PM CBS Houston Texans W 27–7 Reliant Stadium Recap
3 Sunday September 25 4:15 PM CBS New England Patriots L 23–20 Heinz Field Recap
4 Bye Week
5 Monday October 10 9:00 PM ABC San Diego Chargers W 24–22 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
6 Sunday October 16 1:00 PM CBS Jacksonville Jaguars L 23–17 (OT) Heinz Field Recap
7 Sunday October 23 1:00 PM CBS Cincinnati Bengals W 27–13 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
8 Monday October 31 9:00 PM ABC Baltimore Ravens W 20–19 Heinz Field Recap
9 Sunday November 6 1:00 PM CBS Green Bay Packers W 20–10 Lambeau Field Recap
10 Sunday November 13 8:30 PM ESPN Cleveland Browns W 34–21 Heinz Field Recap
11 Sunday November 20 1:00 PM CBS Baltimore Ravens L 16–13 (OT) M&T Bank Stadium Recap
12 Monday November 28 9:00 PM ABC Indianapolis Colts L 26–7 RCA Dome Recap
13 Sunday December 4 1:00 PM CBS Cincinnati Bengals L 38–31 Heinz Field Recap
14 Sunday December 11 1:00 PM FOX Chicago Bears W 21–9 Heinz Field Recap
15 Sunday December 18 1:00 PM CBS Minnesota Vikings W 18–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
16 Saturday December 24 1:00 PM CBS Cleveland Browns W 41–0 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
17 Sunday January 1 1:00 PM FOX Detroit Lions W 35–21 Heinz Field Recap
Playoffs
WC Sunday January 8 4:30 PM FOX Cincinnati Bengals W 31–17 Paul Brown Stadium [1]
DIV Sunday January 15 1:00 PM FOX Indianapolis Colts W 21–18 RCA Dome [2]
AFCCG Sunday January 22 3:00 PM FOX Denver Broncos W 34–17 Invesco Field at Mile High [3]
SB XL Sunday February 5 6:30 PM FOX Seattle Seahawks W 21–10 Ford Field [4]

Game summaries Edit

Week 1 (Sunday September 11, 2005): vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 7 0 0 0 7
Steelers 7 13 14 0 34



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 76 °F (Mostly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 62,931
  • Referee: Gerald Austin
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Kevin Harlan (play by play), Randy Cross (color commentator)

Ben Roethlisberger became the NFL's first quarterback since Trent Green in 2003 to post a perfect (158.3) passer rating, and college backup Willie Parker put up 161 rushing yards and a touchdown in a dazzling NFL debut.

Week 2 (Sunday September 18, 2005): at Houston TexansEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 10 7 0 27
Texans 0 0 7 0 7



at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: 95 °F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 70,742
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Don Criqui (play by play), Steve Tasker (color commentator)

Pittsburgh strong safety Troy Polamalu led a defensive onslaught with a career-high three of the Steelers' eight sacks, and Willie Parker followed up his outstanding NFL debut with 111 rushing yards and a touchdown on 25 carries as the Steelers hammered the Texans.

As the game took place on a hot, humid day, the Texans left the roof of Reliant Stadium open in the hopes that the Steelers' performance would be hampered by their black jerseys. However, the tactic failed and Houston fans were angered by having to sit in sweltering conditions and watch their team lose.

Week 3 (Sunday September 25, 2005): vs. New England PatriotsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 0 3 13 23
Steelers 10 0 3 7 20



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

New England quarterback Tom Brady led a four-play, 37-yard drive to Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 43-yard field goal with :01 remaining. The drive countered Hines Ward's 4-yard scoring catch that tied the score at 20–20, but left 1:25 for Brady to march the Patriot offense. On the day, Brady completed 31 of 41 passes for 372 yards, with an interception.

Week 4 (Sunday October 2, 2005): Bye WeekEdit

Week 5 (Monday October 10, 2005): at San Diego ChargersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 10 24
Chargers 0 7 6 9 22



at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Jeff Reed booted a 40-yard field goal with :06 remaining to lift the Steelers to a win, but a play late in the game caused star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to leave with a hyperextended knee and left his availability for the following week in doubt. The hit came from Charger rookie defensive lineman Luis Castillo and forced Roethlisberger to the sideline, and backup Charlie Batch merely handed off to Jerome Bettis three times to set up Reed's kick.

Week 6 (Sunday October 16, 2005): vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 7 3 7 0 23
Steelers 0 14 0 3 17



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tommy Maddox capped a poor performance by throwing an overtime pass into a crowd of Jaguar defenders, and Rashean Mathis made him pay dearly, intercepting the pass and returning it 41 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Subbing for an injured Ben Roethlisberger (hyperextended knee), Maddox completed just 11 of 28 passes for 154 yards, with a touchdown and three interceptions.

Week 7 (Sunday October 23, 2005): at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 17 3 27
Bengals 3 3 0 7 13



at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Pittsburgh regrouped following a sloppy first quarter to take an easy win in Cincinnati. After allowing two marches into the Steeler red zone, the defense tightened and gave up only two field goals, then coasted on the heels of two Ben Roethlisberger touchdown strikes and 131 rushing yards from Willie Parker.

Week 8 (Monday October 31, 2005): vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 3 0 9 19
Steelers 7 3 7 3 20



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Underachieving against a Ravens team missing defensive standouts Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, the Steelers regrouped on the heels of a late 60-yard drive that set up Jeff Reed's game-winning 37-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining. Ben Roethlisberger completed 18 of 30 passes for 177 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception.

Week 9 (Sunday November 6, 2005): at Green Bay PackersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 6 7 0 7 20
Packers 3 0 7 0 10



at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

With Charlie Batch starting at quarterback for an injured Ben Roethlisberger (knee), the Steelers capitalized on Packer mistakes – three turnovers – and won despite a lackluster offensive showing. The game's highlight came from Troy Polamalu, whose sack of Brett Favre forced a fumble that Polamalu himself scooped up and returned 77 yards for a second-quarter touchdown.

Week 10 (Sunday November 13, 2005): vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 0 0 14 21
Steelers 0 17 7 10 34



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Steelers handled the division-rival Browns despite another serious quarterback injury. Backup Charlie Batch, subbing for Ben Roethlisberger, broke his hand late in the first half and exited. Beleaguered third-stringer Tommy Maddox inherited a 17–7 third-quarter lead and, despite some miscues, cruised to the win. Wide receiver (and college quarterback) Antwaan Randle El completed a 51-yard scoring pass to Hines Ward in the third, making Ward the team's all-time receptions leader (passing Hall of Fame wideout John Stallworth).

Week 11 (Sunday November 20, 2005): at Baltimore RavensEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 6 0 7 13
Ravens 0 13 0 0 16



at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

An anemic offensive showing led to a surprising Steeler defeat at the hands of the Ray Lewis-less Ravens. Third-team quarterback Tommy Maddox got the starting nod and completed 19 of 36 passes for 230 yards, with a touchdown and an interception (a bizarre play that caromed off of wideout Hines Ward's swinging foot and was snatched by Terrell Suggs), but the Steelers' inability to handle the Raven pass rush was a serious blow. Maddox was sacked six times and under nearly constant duress. Matt Stover won the game on a 44-yard field goal in overtime.

Week 12 (Monday November 28, 2005): at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 0 7
Colts 10 6 7 3 26



at RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

The banged-up Steelers were simply no match for the undefeated Colts on Monday Night. Indianapolis' first offensive play proved a harbinger for the Steelers, with Marvin Harrison scorching Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor on an 80-yard touchdown strike and a 7–0 advantage. Ben Roethlisberger's return from a two-game absence (knee injury) was a shaky one; his first interception potentially caused a six-point swing, snuffing out a Steeler drive late in the first half and setting up the Colts to kick a field goal, taking a 16–7 lead into the break. Roethlisberger's struggles were heightened when injured left tackle Marvel Smith grew less and less able to deal with All-Pro Colt pass rusher Dwight Freeney & Co., and eventually left with an ankle injury.

Week 13 (Sunday December 4, 2005): vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 14 10 7 38
Steelers 14 3 7 7 31



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ben Roethlisberger put up the most prolific numbers of his young career in his return from a knee injury, but he was ultimately out dueled by Carson Palmer. Roethlisberger outpassed his counterpart 386–227 and each threw three touchdowns, but his three interceptions were backbreakers. Ultimately, the Bengals simply made too many big plays, including a 94-yard kickoff return by Tab Perry, for the Steelers to keep pace.

Week 14 (Sunday December 11, 2005): vs. Chicago BearsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 0 0 6 9
Steelers 7 7 7 0 21



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In a snowy atmosphere, the Steelers snapped their three-game losing streak by ending the Bears' eight-game winning run. Jerome Bettis churned through the snow and mud for a season-high 101 rushing yards, scoring twice in the physical win.

Week 15 (Sunday December 18, 2005): at Minnesota VikingsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 6 2 18
Vikings 3 0 0 0 3



at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 64,136
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Kevin Harlan (play by play), Randy Cross (color commentator)

Desperately trying to keep pace in the AFC playoff picture, the Steelers again dominated an NFC North opponent and again snapped a winning streak. The Vikings had won six straight games, but were pounded up and down the field in losing to Pittsburgh. The Steelers forced three Minnesota turnovers and added a safety in the victory.

Week 16 (Saturday December 24, 2005): at Cleveland BrownsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 6 14 7 41
Browns 0 0 0 0 0



at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 45 °F ()
  • Game attendance: 73,136
  • Referee: Bill Carollo
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Steve Tasker (color commentator)

The Steelers turned a nearly flawless performance into a dominating win in Cleveland. The Browns were sacked eight times and were never really in the game. Willie Parker's 80-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter broke the game open at 27–0. Ben Roethlisberger completed 13 of 20 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown before giving way to Charlie Batch with the game well in hand.

Week 17 (Sunday January 1, 2006): vs. Detroit LionsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 14 0 7 0 21
Steelers 14 7 14 0 35



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 63,794
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Ron Pitts (play by play), Tim Ryan (color commentator)

Mere weeks after being all but counted out in an extremely tight AFC playoff race, the Steelers clinched a Wild Card berth, trading punches with lowly Detroit and coming out on top. Unexpectedly, the 5–10 Lions leapt to a 14–7 first-quarter lead on two Joey Harrington touchdown passes, but Jerome Bettis tied the game later in the period with the first of his three touchdown runs. Bettis and Willie Parker combined for 176 rushing yards as the Steelers closed out their regular season.

PlayoffsEdit

Game Summaries Edit

AFC Wild Card Playoff (Sunday January 8, 2006): at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 14 3 31
Bengals 10 7 0 0 17



at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday January 15, 2006): at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 0 7 0 21
Colts 0 3 0 15 18



at RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

AFC Championship Game (Sunday January 22, 2006): at Denver BroncosEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 21 0 10 34
Broncos 0 3 7 7 17



at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Super Bowl XL (Sunday February 5, 2006): vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 0 7 0 10
Steelers 0 7 7 7 21



at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

The Pittsburgh Steelers become the 4th wild card team to win the Super Bowl.

RosterEdit

2005 Pittsburgh Steelers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen


Defensive Linemen


Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

StandingsEdit

AFC North
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cincinnati Bengals 11 5 0 .688 5–1 7–5 421 350 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 389 258 W4
Baltimore Ravens 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 265 299 L1
Cleveland Browns 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 232 301 W1

Honors and awardsEdit

Pro Bowl RepresentativesEdit

See: 2006 Pro Bowl

ReferencesEdit

Preceded by
New England Patriots
2004
Super Bowl champion
2005
Succeeded by
Indianapolis Colts
2006
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