With Coach Bill Cowher now retired after 15
years, new Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin comes on board. This is the 134th straight game Ward has caught
a pass. Ward has three catches for 51 yards,
with one TD on a 5-yard pass from Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger completes a 17-yard pass to
tailback Najeh Davenport and Ward, blocking downfield, throws one of his
trademark ferocious blocks on Browns' CB Daven Holly so forceful Holly is
knocked unconscious. Ward is later
fined $5,000 by the NFL for a late hit and unnecessary roughness for the
play. Ward calls the play "a
clean hit that just came a little late." Browns coach Romeo Crennel is winless in five cracks at the Steelers.
The Steelers present Coach Tomlin with the game ball for his first ever
Vs. Buffalo Bills
Ward has five catches for 55 yards and extends his streak to 135
consecutive games with a catch. The
Steelers win their 500th game, the most among AFC teams. Coach Tomlin wins his home opener as the
Steelers' coach, just as Bill Cowher (1992) and Chuck Noll (1969) did.
Vs. San Francisco 49ers
Ward has one catch for 2 yards and one rush for 7 yards before being
injured and leaving the game with a bruised leg bone. Ward took a hard hit from 49er S Mark Roman
in the third quarter while attempting to make the catch from Roethlisberger
that sailed wide. Ward has nine catches in three games this season and 657 in
his career, the most in Steelers history. Ward stretches his streak to 136 consecutive
games with at least one catch. Pittsburgh
extends its streak of not allowing a 100-yard runner to 27 games, dating to
@ Arizona Cardinals
Ward is inactive due to his knee injury. It Was Steelers meet Steelers West as the
Steelers take on former Steelers OC Ken Whisenhunt and former OL Coach Russ
Grimm, now with the Cardinals organization.
Vs. Seattle Seahawks
Ward is inactive due to his knee injury. Incredibly, with Ward and WR Santonio
Holmes out, Pittsburgh's offense couldn't be stopped, with RB Willie Parker
and TE Heath Miller rising to the occasion. Pittsburgh's last shutout was 41-0 over Cleveland late in 2005.
@ Denver Broncos
Ward returns to action and leads the team with 7 receptions and 78
yards receiving. He continues his
streak of 137 consecutive games with at least one catch. Steelers lose it with Broncos K Jason Elam
scoring on the field goal with 2 seconds left on the clock.
Vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Ward leads the team in receptions with 8 catches for 88 yards and two
two TDs mark the 11th multi-TD game of his career and the first of the
season. He goes over 60 career
TD receptions (61), pulling him within two TDs of John Stallworth's record
(63) for the most receiving TDs by a Steelers' WR. Ward also pulls within four points of John
Stallworth for seventh place on the Steelers' all-time scoring leaders list. With the win, the Steelers solidify their
hold on first place in the AFC North.
Vs. Baltimore Ravens
Ward starts in his 128th career game at WR and finishes with 4
catches for 28 yards. With former
Steeler greats including Mean Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann
and Terry Bradshaw in attendance to celebrate the Steelers' 75th
anniversary, the Steelers dominate the Ravens. Roethlisberger
ties the Steelers' single-game record with five touchdown passes in the first
half. The Steelers defense forces
three fumbles in the first quarter, with LB James
Harrison hitting Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed
so hard on a punt return the ball flies nearly 15 feet before Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons recovers the fumble. Throughout the game, Ward delivers blocks on
defensive backs that make him seem more like a linebacker than a wide
receiver. In the second quarter Ward
puts a crushing block on Ed Reed that is still talked about today. Ravens LB Bart Scott was also on the
receiving end of a powerful hit by Ward, after which Scott threatens to kill
Ward. The Steelers win big in this
bitter rivalry, taking control of the AFC North.
Vs. Cleveland Browns
Ward has a game-high 7 catches for 80 yards. He catches a 12-yard TD pass from
Roethlisberger in the third quarter, giving him 62 career TD catches, just
one shy of tying the Steelers' all-time record. Ward also gets the pass from Roethlisberger
for the 2-point conversion.
@ New York Jets
Ward makes his 130th career start at WR, with two catches for 47
yards. He continues his streak of 141
consecutive games with at least one reception. Jets K Mike Nugent nails a 38-yard FG to
lift the Jets past Steelers in OT.
L 16-19 in OT
Vs. Miami Dolphins
In horrendous weather conditions including lightning and heavy rain
along with new sod making for awful playing conditions, Hines Ward plays in his 150th career game. He starts at WR for the 131st game where he
has a team-high and season-high nine catches for 99. Pittsburgh's opening drive ends with
Roethlisberger being intercepted by Joey Porter, who was cut by the Steelers
in March and is now a Dolphin. Jeff Reed's
24-yard field goal with 17 seconds left gives Pittsburgh a 3-0 victory over
winless Miami, the first time in 64 years an NFL game went that long without
Vs. Cincinnati Bengals
In the fourth quarter, on an eight-yard TD
pass from Roethlisberger, Ward becomes the Steelers' all-time leader in
receiving TDs with 64 for his career, passing John Stallworth. Ward has a
season-high 11 receptions for 90 yards with two TDs, which marked his second
multi-TD game of the season and the 14th of his career. Ward makes the tackle on Johnathan Joseph
when Joseph intercepts Roethlisberger.
@ New England Patriots
Ward has five receptions for 39 yards. The Steelers still lead the AFC North, but
could have clinched a playoff berth with a win. Instead, the Patriots win and clinch a
first round bye.
Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Ward extends his team record to 145 straight games with at least one
catch with one rush for four yards and makes a TD on an 11 yard pass from
Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter. Even with S Troy
Polamalu back making a team-high 10 tackles following a three-week
layoff with a knee injury, the Steelers lose it after Jaguars' Fred Taylor
scores a decisive touchdown on a 12-yard run in the final two minutes. The Steelers are now tied with the Browns
for the AFC North lead.
@ St. Louis Rams
Ward has a team high six catches for 59
yards, passing John Stallworth as the Steelers' all-time leader in receiving
yards with 8,737. The Steelers
lose RB Willie Parker after he leaves the field on the cart (later determined
to be a broken fibula) and his season ends.
@ Baltimore Ravens
Roethlisberger, Ward, Polamalu and other starters
are held out to stay healthy for the playoffs.
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Vs .Jacksonville Jaguars
This is Ward's 11th consecutive postseason start at WR. He catches a 31-yard pass from
Roethlisberger on the Steelers' first drive of the game. He tallies a team-high 10 catches for 135
yards, for a new career high. This
performance marks Ward's fifth career postseason 100-yard receiving game and
his second straight in the postseason. After the Steelers rally a comeback in the fourth quarter with RB Najeh
Davenport's second 1-yard TD run of the game gives the Steelers a
29-28 lead with about six minutes remaining, K Josh Scobee
wins the game for the Jaguars by kicking a 25-yard field goal with 37 seconds
Ward lead the team in receptions with 71 for 732 yards and 7
He extended his own team record by now
catching a pass in 146 straight games and counting (3rd longest streak among
Became the team's all-time leader in
receiving yards in the Week 16 win over the Rams surpassing John Stallworth.
Ward's 2 touchdown receptions in the Week 13
win over the Bengals gave him 64 for his career, moving him past Stallworth
(63) for first on the team's all-time list.
His 11 receptions in that same game tied the
second-highest single-game total of his career.
Ward became the first player in team history
to record over 700 career catches (719 and counting).
Ward had 10 receptions for a playoff career-high 135 yards in the
loss to Jacksonville, marking his fifth career 100-yard game.