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Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd109.5 (16th)301.6 (2nd)
Defense18th100.3 (6th)253.1 (27th)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel · Inside slant

-- The Steelers played in their coldest game Thursday night in 20 years in the regular season. The temperature at kickoff was 15 degrees (minus-six wind chill). They kicked off in five degrees on Dec. 17, 1989 against New England at Three Rivers Stadium. The Steelers won that game 28-10.

-- The five-game losing streak is the longest by the Steelers since they lost five in a row and finished 6-10 in 2003.

-- QB Charlie Batch returned as the No. 3 quarterback Thursday night for the first time since he broke his left wrist in Kansas City Nov. 22. The Steelers released QB Tyler Palko after two games. Dennis Dixon served as the No. 2 QB and could continue in that role the rest of the season.

-- Rookie CB Joe Burnett played four series, working both at left cornerback and right for William Gay and Ike Taylor Thursday in Cleveland.

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