Stats that stood out as the Steelers completed Cleveland’s “perfect season”
The Steelers closed out the 2017 regular season with a 28-24 win over the Cleveland Browns. The victory left a lasting impression in several statistical categories over the course of the year.
Sunday’s win versus the Browns was the Steelers 10th straight in AFC North games. Their 10-game divisional win streak is the longest active in the NFL:
- PIT 10
- MIN 5
- KC/TEN 4
Last 10-game divisional win streak by an AFC North team: BAL (2010-12: 12 games) (via Elias Sports Bureau)
The Steelers went 6-0 in AFC North games in 2017 – their third 6-0 mark in divisional games since NFL realignment in 2002 (02, 08, 17).
Since 2002, there have been just 20 occurrences of an NFL team going undefeated in divisional play and only four teams with multiple campaigns.
The Steelers 406 points in the 2017 regular season marked the team’s 5th year with at least 400 points in team history: its 3rd in the last 4 years.
Pittsburgh scored at least 25 points in 8 games in 2017. They are 1 of 8 NFL teams with at least 8 such games.
14 teams had 5 or less 25-point games.
JuJu Smith-Schuster‘s 265 combined yards Sunday (143 receiving+122 kickoff return) are the 2nd-most by a rookie in Steelers history:
- 273: Charles Johnson 12/24/1994 @ SD
- 265: JuJu Smith-Schuster 12/31/2017 v CLE
- 245: Sid Watson 11/27/1955 v WAS
Smith-Schuster is also the first rookie in Steelers history to record a kickoff return for a touchdown (96 yards) AND a touchdown catch (20 yards) in the same game. (via Elias Sports Bureau)
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster led all NFL rookies and set a franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie with 917 during the 2017 regular season.
Smith-Schuster also led the 2017 NFL rookie class in touchdown catches (7) and receptions of 40-plus yards (6).
Steelers rookie LB T.J. Watt is the only NFL linebacker to have finished the 2017 regular season with at least:
- 50 Tackles (52)
- 5 Sacks (7)
- 5 Passes Defensed (8)
- 1 Interception (1)
Watt also had:
- 12 Quarterback Hits
- 10 Tackles for Losses
- 1 Forced Fumble
- 1 Field Goal Block
Despite missing two games with an injury, Steelers WR Antonio Brown still led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,533.
The Pittsburgh Steelers led the NFL AND set a franchise single-season record during the 2017 regular season with 56 sacks.
The team’s 56 sacks in 2017 are the most by an NFL team since the 2013 season when the Carolina Panthers had 60 and the Buffalo Bills had 57.
The Steelers have led the NFL in sacks for the third time since the 2000 season. In each of the previous two occurrences, Pittsburgh advanced to at least the AFC Championship:
- 2017: 56*
- 2010: 48 (L, Super Bowl XLV)
- 2001: 55 (L, AFC Championship)
*Franchise Single-Season Record
Steelers DE Cameon Heyward had a single-season career high and team leading 12 sacks, with four 2-sack games, in the 2017 regular season. He finished 2017 tied for 3rd among AFC defensive linemen (tied for 6th among all NFL defensive linemen) in sacks on the season.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has the 2nd-most wins by an NFL Head Coach in their first 11 seasons (regular season games only):
- Don Shula: 117
- Mike Tomlin: 116
- Joe Gibbs: 115
- Mike McCarthy: 114
- Tony Dungy: 114
- George Seifert: 114
The Steelers finish the 2017 regular season with a 13-3 overall record and 10-2 vs. AFC teams.
The team’s 13 regular season wins in 2017 tie as the third-most wins in a season in team history (2004: 15, 1978: 14 and 2001: 13).
With four extra point attempt conversions Sunday, K Chris Boswell has set a Steelers record for the most points in a single-season:
Statistics courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers PR/Media Manager Dom Rinelli and/or the NFL