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What To Look For: A Look Back at Week 16

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – A LOOK BACK
 
STEELY RESOLVE:  The Pittsburgh Steelers defense held Carolina to 119 yards of total offense (74 rush yards, 45 pass yards) in a 27-3 victory over the Panthers on Thursday night.  Pittsburgh in 2010 is allowing only 64.1 rush yards per game, which would be the fifth-best single-season average in NFL history and third-best in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) if that mark holds.
 
The NFL’s top single-season rush defenses:
 
TOP RUSH DEFENSES IN SUPER BOWL ERA (SINCE 1966)
 TEAM / YEAR / GAMES / YDS/GAME
Baltimore Ravens / 2000 / 16 / 60.6
Minnesota Vikings / 2006 / 16 / 61.6
Pittsburgh Steelers / 2010 / 15 / 64.1*
San Francisco 49ers / 1995 / 16 / 66.3
Minnesota Vikings / 1994 / 16 / 68.1
*Through Week 16    *Through Week 16   
 
THIRTY-THREE IN THREE: Since being selected by the Atlanta Falcons No. 3 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, quarterback MATT RYAN owns a 32-12 record (.727) as a starter.  With a victory over the Saints on Monday Night Football, Ryan can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (33) for the most wins by a starting quarterback in his first three seasons among players who began their careers after the merger (since 1970).
 
PLAYER / TEAM / FIRST THREE YEARS / WINS
Dan Marino / Miami / 1983-1985 / 33
Matt Ryan / Atlanta / 2008-2010 / 32*
Joe Flacco / Baltimore / 2008-2010 / 31*
Ben Roethlisberger / Pittsburgh / 2004-2006 / 29
John Elway / Denver / 1983-1985 / 27
*Third-year QBs; totals to date

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