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Hines Ward Career Timeline - 2011 - 14th Year

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9/11/11 @ Baltimore Ravens In his 14th season and his 182nd career start playing for the Steelers, Ward now has the second-most seasons played in team history.  The Ravens completely manhandle the Steelers, gaining revenge for the Steelers beating them in the playoffs last season.  The Steelers committed six turnovers after halftime and were dominated on both sides of the field.  Ward has five receptions for 67 yards. L 7-35
9/18/11 Vs. Seattle Seahawks The Steelers rebound after last week's loss, blanking the Seahawks.  In the 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger steps up to complete a pass to TE Heath Miller when Seahawk DE Raheem Brock dives at Roethlisberger's legs just as he let go of the ball, drawing a flag for roughing the passer.  Roethlisberger is taken out of the game but returns three plays later.  Ward has four receptions for 33 yards.  Ward continues to mentor and guide the "Young Money" crew of WRs Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders. W 24-0
9/25/11 @ Indianapolis Colts LB James Harrison's hard hitting sack of Curtis Painter with 5:13 left knocks the ball out, and Polamalu returns it 16 yards to give Pittsburgh the lead.  Roethlisberger drives the Steelers 60 yards to set up K Shaun Suisham for a 38-yard field goal with 4 seconds left that gives the Steelers a 23-20 victory.  Ward has three receptions for 17 yards. W 23-20
10/2/11 @ Houston Texans Roethlisberger is beaten up behind an offensive line missing two regular starters.  The Steelers also lose RB Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring), LB James Harrison (eye) and DE Aaron Smith (foot) during the game.   Roethlisberger plays until the end of the game, but he wears a protective boot on his left foot afterward. He has already been sacked 14 times this season.  Ward moves past Hall of Famer Don Maynard to rank 20th in NFL history in receiving yards (11,838) with his 19 yard reception. L 10-17
10/9/11 Vs. Tennessee Titans Ward has a game-high seven catches for 54 yards.  This game marks Wards 16th career multi-touchdown game during the regular season and his third multi-touchdown game versus Tennessee, which is tied for the most against one team (Cincinnati) for him.  With a plated cleat to protect his foot from further injury, Roethlisberger has five touchdown passes -- including two to Ward -- tying a single-game team record Roethlisberger already shares with Mark Malone and Terry Bradshaw. W 38-17
10/16/11 Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars With his three receptions for 47 yards, Ward now has 11,939 receiving yards, moving past Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (11,904) to rank 19th in NFL history in receiving yards.  Pittsburgh narrowly avoids a stunning collapse in this 17-13 victory as they struggle to put consistent performances together. W 17-13
10/23/11 @ Arizona Cardinals Roethlisberger throws 95 yards to Wallace for the longest pass play in franchise history.  Ward is taken off the field in the second half with an ankle sprain.  Before being injured, Ward has three receptions for 21 yards. W 32-20
10/31/11 Vs. New England Patriots Ward is inactive due to an ankle injury, snapping his streak of 55 consecutive games played.  The Steelers pick apart the NFL's worst defense and rattle Brady in a 25-17 victory, ending the two-time MVP's decade of dominance over the defending AFC champions. W 25-17
11/6/11 Vs. Baltimore Ravens This divisional matchup is a classic defensive battle between the Steelers/Ravens, even with the Steelers offense and defense being plagued with injuries.  After missing last week's game due to an ankle injury, Ward leaves the game in the second quarter with concussion-like symptoms   following a vicious helmet-to-helmet collision by Raven's LB Ray Lewis. Ward does not return to the game.  Lewis is later fined $20,000 for the hit.  Late in the 4th quarter, Coach Tomlin's hesitation has a late delay of game penalty, putting the Steelers out of field goal position.  When Pittsburgh punts instead, the Ravens take advantage by driving 92 yards for the game-winning TD.  The Steelers get the ball back with 8 seconds left but Brown fumbles a lateral from Wallace.   For the first time in five years, the Ravens sweep the Steelers. L 20-23
11/13/11 @ Cincinnati Bengals Ward has one reception for 10 yards.  Pittsburgh intercepts Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton twice in the 4th quarter, holding on for the win. The Steelers are now back on top the AFC North.  Coach Tomlin gets his 50th regular-season victory, joining former Steelers coaches Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Raymond "Buddy" Parker. W 24-17
11/27/11 @ Kansas City Chiefs Playing with a broken thumb, Roethlisberger this Ward with four receptions for 21yards.  Polamalu leaves the game in the 1st quarter with concussion like symptoms after hitting his head on OT Steve Maneri's knee during a tackle.  The Chiefs offense fails while Steelers defense steps up again and pulls off the win. W 13-9
12/4/11 Vs. Cincinnati Bengals Hines Ward gets a team-high five receptions for 30 yards.  Ward surpasses 12,000 career receiving yards on a 12 yard pass from Roethlisberger on a second and 15 giving the Steelers a third and short.  Ward has now become the first Steeler and 19th player in NFL history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards (12,021).  He also becomes just the third player in league history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards and also winning multiple Super Bowls (Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Art Monk).  Roethlisberger completes 15-of-23 passes for 176 yards, giving him 2,026 career completions making him the Steelers' all-time completions leader.   Terry Bradshaw owned the previous record with 2,025.  The Steelers put together the kind of all-around performance they've lacked at times this year against lesser competition. W 35-7
12/8/11 Vs. Cleveland Browns Roethlisberger gets his left leg caught underneath the Browns' Scott Paxson midway through the second quarter, ending up laying on the field with what was first thought was a broken leg.  QB Charlie Batch comes in, but Roethlisberger returns after xrays reveal it's not a fracture.  With Ward being backup quarter back in the 2nd half when Batch is in, he has only one reception for six yards.  Browns QB McCoy briefly leaves in the 4th quarter after taking a crashing helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers' Harrison.   W 14-3
12/19/11 @ San Francisco 49ers After two blackouts and two separate delays, Roethlisberger, playing with a sprained ankle and wearing a boot, has four turnovers and a fumble.  Harrison misses the game due to being suspended for a game for his hit on Browns QB McCoy the previous week.  With Roethlisberger unable to maneuver, the Steelers lose and miss a key chance to take sole possession of first place in the AFC North and gain the conference's No. 1 playoff seed.   L 3-20
12/24/11 Vs. St. Louis Rams With Roethlisberger out injured, Batch steps in for this game and shows he can still be relied whenever he's called to fill in.  Ward ties for the team-high four receptions for 32 yards, bringing his total to 995 for his career.  WR Antonio Brown breaks former RB Barry Foster's club record for all-purpose yards in a season.   Brown has 2,048, ahead of Foster's mark of 2,034, set in 1992.  Defense holds the Rams scoreless. W 27-0
1/1/12 @ Cleveland Browns Ward has five catches for 24 yards, reaching 1,000 catches for his career, becoming the first Steeler and the eighth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions.  He joins Hall of Famer Jerry Rice as the only two players to reach 1,000 career receptions and win multiple Super Bowls.   He also passes Derrick Mason (12,061) for the 18th most receiving yards in NFL history with 12,083.  The Steelers earn the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs. W 13-9
AFC Wild Card 1/8/12 @ Denver Broncos Ward plays in his 18th career postseason game, tying Larry Brown (1972-1983) for the fourth-most postseason games played in franchise history.  Playing with injuries himself, Roethlisberger rallies the injury-depleted Steelers from a two-touchdown halftime deficit with 10 points in the final 10 minutes to tie up the game.  On the first play of overtime, rookie Bronco QB Tim Tebow connects with WR Demaryius Thomas on an incredible 80-yard TD pass and the Broncos defeat the stunned Steelers. L 23-29 in OT
RECAP   In his 14th season and his 182nd career start playing for the Steelers, Ward has the second-most seasons played in team history.

Ward moves past Hall of Famer Don Maynard to rank 20th in NFL history in receiving yards (11,838) with his 19 yard reception

Ward becomes the first Steeler and 19th player in NFL history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards (12,021).  He also becomes just the third player in league history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards and also winning multiple Super Bowls (Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Art Monk).  

Ward reaches 1,000 catches for his career, becoming the first Steeler and the eighth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions.  He joins Hall of Famer Jerry Rice as the only two players to reach 1,000 career receptions and win multiple Super Bowls.   He also passes Derrick Mason (12,061) for the 18th most receiving yards in NFL history with 12,083.
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