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49ers vs. Steelers: A prospector's guide

We take a look at pertinent facts, figures and history in the Week 2 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The San Francisco 49ers have a quick turnaround this week, heading east to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The game kicks off at 10 a.m. PT on FOX. It will likely be a primarily regional broadcast, but maybe we get lucky and get a few extra regions with the game. We'll have the report on that as the week progresses.

We're back with another prospector's guide. One thing I'll add into this is a rundown of the media schedule for the week. The 49ers and Steelers will practice Wednesday through Friday. The Steelers will provide head coach Mike Tomlin and wide receiver Antonio Brown for interviews on Wednesday. The 49ers will not have player availability on Wednesday. On Thursday, offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and quarterback Colin Kaepernick will speak to the media. On Friday, head coach Jim Tomsula will speak before practice, and Eric Mangini will speak after practice.

This marks the regular every four years matchup between these two teams. The last time they squared off was on Monday Night Football in 2011, and that was notable because the power went out at Candlestick Park. There was a problem with a generator, and it resulted in a delay. I was actually flying up to Seattle that week for Christmas, and the 49ers-Seahawks game the following week. That was back in the Tarvaris Jackson days!

The Steelers are coming off a 28-21 loss to the New England Patriots that was not really that close. The Steelers never led, and at one point they were down 21-3. They got some offense going late, but their secondary did not look good. The 49ers dominated the Minnesota Vikings on the ground in Week 1. We'll see how they adjust if the Steelers sell out against the run in Week 2.

On to the random information you crave!

Series Highlights
Matchups: 20
Series Record: 49ers lead series 11-9
49ers Away Record vs. Steelers: 49ers lead series 6-4
First Meeting: 10/14/51, 49ers win 28-24, at Pit.
Last Meeting: 12/19/11, 49ers win 20-3, at SF
Current Streak: Won 1
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 3 (10/21/90-12/15/96)
Longest Steelers Win Streak: 3 (12/15/73-11/27/78)
Most 49ers Points: 45 (11/24/68): 49ers win 45-28, at Pit.
Most Steelers Points: 37 - 2 times (Last 9/23/07): Steelers win 37-16, at Pit.
49ers Shutouts: None
Steelers Shutouts: 1 (9/19/77): Steelers win 27-0, at Pit.

S Antoine Bethea

  • Recorded a team-high 13 tackles at Pit. (11/9/08).

WR Anquan Boldin

  • In 7 career games vs. Pit., recorded 626 yards and 4 TD on 44 re- cepts. In every game vs. Pit., Boldin has registered 4+ receptions and 65+ yards

  • As a rookie in 2003 with the Arizona Cardinals, registered 8 receptions for 118 yards and 1 TD at Pit. (11/09/03).

  • As a member of the Baltimore Ravens, recorded 5 receptions for 118 yards and 1 TD vs. Pit. (12/5/10).

LB NaVorro Bowman

  • Recorded a game-high 14 tackles in the 49ers 20-3 win vs. Pit. on 12/19/11.

RB Reggie Bush

  • As a member of the New Orleans Saints, recorded 49 yards and 1 TD on 10 carries and 7 receptions for 40 yards at Pit. (11/12/09).

TE Vernon Davis

  • Recorded a team-high 6 receptions for 72 yards and 1 TD on 12/19/11 vs. Pit.

WR Torrey Smith

  • As a rookie with the Baltimore Ravens, recorded 5 receptions for 71 yards and 1 TD at Pit. (11/6/11). The TD came on a 26-yd. pass from QB Joe Flacco to give Baltimore the lead, 23-20, with :08 second remaining.

  • As a member of the Baltimore Ravens, registered 6 receptions for a team-high 93 yards and 1 TD vs. Pit. (11/28/13).

2015 Statistics

49ERS (rank) STEELERS (rank)
1-0 (t-1st NFCW) Record 0-1 (t-2nd AFCN)
20.0 (t-19th) Points per game 21.0 (18th)
395.0 (t-10th) Total Offense 464.0 (2nd)
230.0 (1st) Rushing Offense 134.0 (6th)
165.0 (29th) Passing Offense 330.0 (5th)
33:02 (10th) Possession Avg 32:05 (12th)
3.0 (1st) Points allowed/gm 28.0 (t-23rd)
248.0 (4th) Total Defense 361.0 (21st)
71.0 (7th) Rushing Defense 80.0 (t-11th)
177.0 6th() Passing Defense 281.0 (24th)
5 (t-2nd) Sacks 2 (t-10th)
46.7 (17th) Punting Avg (Gross) 43.5 (26th)
0 (t-14th) Turnover Differential -1 (t-20th)