Notebook: Steelers' Roethlisberger hits milestones
• With Terry Bradshaw watching Monday night at Heinz Field, Ben Roethlisberger broke one of the Pro Football Hall of Famer's team records and tied another. Roethlisberger needed just two quarters to tie Bradshaw's as well as Mark Malone's team record for touchdown passes in a game (five).
• Roethlisberger's first touchdown pass, a 17-yarder to tight end Heath Miller midway through the first quarter, gave him at least one touchdown pass in 13 consecutive regular-season games. He broke the record that Bradshaw had held since 1979 by slipping out of the grasp of Baltimore Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce and finding Miller in the back of the end zone.
• Roethlisberger, who had a huge first half against the overmatched Ravens, moved up in the Steelers' record books in several other categories. His five touchdown passes in the half gave him 72 for his career, moving him past Kordell Stewart and into second on the team's all-time list. Roethlisberger also moved past Bubby Brister for career passing yards. He is fourth on that list.
• The Steelers were without one of their top run stoppers last night, as defensive end Aaron Smith missed his second consecutive game because of a sprained knee. Starting free safety Ryan Clark (spleen) and tight end Jerame Tuman (back) also didn't play against the visiting Ravens. Anthony Smith started in place of Clark, and Travis Kirschke got the nod at left defensive end. Other inactives for the Steelers included wide receiver Willie Reid, running back Gary Russell, center/guard Darnell Stapleton, offensive tackle Trai Essex and quarterback Brian St. Pierre.
• Pro Bowl left tackle Jonathan Ogden and quarterback Steve McNair returned to the starting lineup last night, but the Ravens still found themselves short-handed on both sides of the ball. Starting cornerbacks Chris McAlister (knee) and Samari Rolle (illness) did not play against the Steelers and were replaced by Derrick Martin and Corey Ivy, respectively. The Ravens were as depleted at tight end as they were at cornerback. Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap (thigh) and his backup, Daniel Wilcox (foot), didn't play against the Steelers. Quinn Sypniewski started at tight end for Heap.
• Appearing in his first game since re-signing with the Steelers last week, cornerback Anthony Madison played on the punt and punt coverage teams as well as the kickoff and kickoff coverage teams.
• Bill Cowher was introduced to the crowd right after the pregame coin flip, and the first player the former Steelers coach hugged was Roethlisberger.
139 - Consecutive games with at least 1 catch for Hines Ward, who extended his team record last night.
4 - Ben Roethlisberger's rank on the Steelers' career passing yards list. He passed Bubby Brister last night.