The Pittsburgh Steelers published their whole 2021 schedule on Wednesday evening. The Steelers will play in prime time five times this season: twice on Monday, twice on Sunday, and once on Thursday. This year, they will not perform on Thanksgiving or Christmas, but they will play in Cleveland on Halloween. They will also travel to London for an international game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Thanksgiving Day is always the first game of the NFL season, and it is traditional for many football teams in the United States to wear white uniforms in honor of the holiday. However, the Steelers have never worn white uniforms on Thanksgiving, so that tradition is not expected to continue this year.
In addition to their usual home and away games, the Steelers will play three "home" games in neutral sites due to concerns about the safety of their players after several incidents this summer involving fans throwing objects on the field. The first such game will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Thursday, September 25th. The next two games will be played on Saturday, October 2nd at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and on Saturday, October 16th at State Farm Stadium in Chicago. Each of these neutral site games will be televised by one of the league's television networks.
The Steelers finished the 2020 season with a 1-7 record and did not make the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
On May 7, the Steelers' 2020 schedule was released. Intra-division opponents are highlighted in bold language. Graham Gano (New York Giants).
The Pittsburgh Steelers have played 61 seasons in all. Their first season took place in 1960, and their most recent season took place in 2020. Have the Pittsburgh Steelers used any other monikers? The Pittsburgh Steelers have been recognized as such since 1960.
The Steelers will play in a new time slot for Wild Card weekend, since Sunday games are typically played at 1:00 PM and 4:25 PM. Due to a winter storm during the 2016 season, the Steelers' Divisional Round game against Kansas City was rescheduled to 8:20 PM. The winner will advance to meet Indianapolis in next week's AFC Championship Game.
The first ever NFL Wild Card Game was played on January 6, 1990. The Buffalo Bills defeated the Houston Oilers 31-27 in overtime at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York. The victory by Buffalo marks their first postseason win after 12 seasons of existence while Houston lost its first playoff game.
Wild Card Games are held one day after the end of the regular season. The Steelers will have played at home on Monday night during the second half of December 2015. The game will be shown live on NBC.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has said he does not want to play any more late season games. He is expected to be the starter for Pittsburgh in Wild Card Weekend despite coming off of two consecutive season-ending injuries. Running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown are also expected to be healthy additions to the team's lineup.
Wild Card Games are designed so that both teams can reach the Super Bowl even if only one makes it there.
On Sunday Night Football, the Steelers kick off their 2018 regular season against the Cleveland Browns (Sept. 10). The Minnesota Vikings are up next (Sept. 17).
The final game of the season is on December 31st at Heinz Field against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals.
In between those games, there are four Thursday Night Football matchups: Pittsburgh hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars (Sept. 27), Chicago plays host to New York Giants (Oct. 4), and then both teams will travel to take on each other for the first time this season on Oct. 11.
Finally, there is the Dec. 30th showdown with Cincinnati. That's three straight seasons now that the Steelers have played in the finale of every year since 2012-2014.
Pittsburgh has won all three games by an average score of 35-14. The only loss came last season to Denver by a score of 44-31 in the first round of the playoffs.
The team currently sits at 3-0 and is back in the playoffs for the third straight year. They'll face the winner of the AFC North between Baltimore and Cincinnati. If they win that game, they would meet the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round. If not, they'd have to go through Denver again.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2020 NFL playoffs next week. The league revealed the dates and times for all of the games, and the Steelers will play the Browns in the weekend finale. Sunday, Jan 6 at 1 p.m.
This will be the first playoff game for both teams since 2015. The Steelers went on to win that game 21-18 at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not play due to a shoulder injury he suffered earlier in the season. He was replaced by Josh Allen during the game. The following Monday, January 7, 2015 they lost at home to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 34-27 in overtime. Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes to Torrey Smith in the fourth quarter/overtime to defeat the Steelers.
Cleveland won their first postseason game since 2002 last year when they defeated the Houston Texans 41-38 in overtime. Baker Mayfield threw four touchdowns total with one interception while completing 68 percent of his passes. The victory gave the Browns their first winning record (7-9) since 2003. They made it to the playoffs as a wild card team after finishing second in the AFC North behind only the Baltimore Ravens.
Both of these teams are coming off huge victories during Week 17.
On the subject of routine, the Steelers will begin their 2021 regular season on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Buffalo, marking the seventh consecutive year the club will begin on the road. "It would be good to open at home every now and again," Rooney remarked. "But we've done well going on the road first for a couple of years now."
The last time the Steelers opened their season on the road was in 2010 when they traveled to San Diego. They won that game 24-14 over the Chargers.
Rooney also commented on the possibility of playing postseason games outside Pittsburgh. "I think that would be pretty hard to do because you don't want to take away from any local teams who might be playing in those games," he said. "And then you get into the problem of where are you going to play them? You can't have any crossover teams because then it wouldn't be a fair game."
In other Steeler news, Roethlisberger announced his retirement from football after 19 seasons in the NFL. "I put everything I had into playing this game, and even when I was hurting, I kept coming back out there," he said in a statement released by his team.