Series History: Broncos vs. Steelers
January 6th, 2012 - 9:05am by Stuart Zaas
On Sunday, Denver and Pittsburgh will meet for the 28th time in their history.
The Broncos own a 16-10-1 advantage in those games. The teams have met six times in the postseason — making the Steelers the Broncos’ most common postseason opponent. Broncos Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Saccomano wrote a blog earlier this week on the postseason history between Denver and Pittsburgh.
The last regular-season meeting between the clubs came on Nov. 9, 2009 with the Steelers defeating the Broncos 28-10 in Denver. Prior to that loss, the Broncos had won three straight games in the series.
The last postseason game that Denver played came against the Steelers in the 2005 AFC Championship Game. Pittsburgh won that game 34-17 in Denver to advance to the Super Bowl.
Notable performances against the Steelers:
DT Brodrick Bunkley: Registered five tackles, (2 solo) including one sack and one fumble recovery (Phi. vs. Pit., 9/21/08).
CB Champ Bailey: Posted 10 tackles (8 solo), two interceptions and six pass breakups (Den. at Pit., 11/5/06).
DE Elvis Dumervil: Recorded one sack and forced one fumble (Den. at Pit., 11/5/06). He had 6 solo tackles including a pair of sacks and a forced fumble (Den. vs. Pit., 10/21/07).
S Brian Dawkins: Made 11 tackles (7 solo) and intercepted one pass (Phi. at Pit., 11/7/04). He also had a 10-tackle game with one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery (Phi. vs. Pit., 9/21/08).
WLB D.J. Williams: Posted 14 tackles (8 solo) and one interception (Den. vs. Pit., 10/21/07).
Denver-Pittsburgh Roster Connections
Denver Head Coach John Fox led the Steelers’ secondary during the 1989-91 seasons, and Denver DT Ryan McBean played for the Steelers in 2007.
Denver CB Champ Bailey played with Pittsburgh WR Ward Hines at Georgia during the 1996-97 seasons.
Denver QB Tim Tebow (2006-09) and DE Derrick Harvey (2004-07) spent time at Florida with Pittsburgh T Marcus Gilbert (2007-10) and C Maurkice Pouncey (2007-09).
Some interesting roster connections between the Broncos and Steelers courtesy of research done by Public Relations Intern Cydney Ricker:
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