THIS WEEK: The New Orleans Saints will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a primetime Halloween matchup on Sunday. Kickoff is 7:20 p.m.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised on NBC with Al Michaels providing play-by-play, Cris Collinsworth handling color analysis and Andrea Kremer on the sidelines. The game will air in the New Orleans area on WDSU-6 and in Baton Rouge on NBC 33. The game also airs on KPLC in Lafayette, WLBT in Jackson, MS and NBC-15 in the Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast.
RADIO: Jim Henderson and Hokie Gajan will call the game on the Saints Radio Network with Kristian Garic on the Saints sidelines. The game will air live on Saints Radio Network originating on WWL 105.3 FM and 870 AM, with pre and post-game analysis. The radio pregame and postgame shows will feature former Saints Steve Korte and Bobby Hebert as well as host Deke Bellavia.
SPANISH RADIO: Saints 2010 games air in Spanish on radio station La Fabulosa, WFNO 830 AM. Emilio Peralta and Marco Garcia handle announcing duties.
SERIES: The Saints are 6-7 all-time against Pittsburgh, who are making their fifth trip to play New Orleans in the Superdome...The Saints have a 2-2 record against the Steelers in games played at the Superdome...The Steelers are one of the Saints’ most infrequent opponents. The two teams have only played three times since 1993, the least meetings the Saints have had with an NFL foe over that span – excluding the Texans, who entered the NFL in 2002... When scoring 16 points or more, the Saints are 6-1 in the series...On Nov. 19, 1984, the Saints won the first Monday Night Football game in club history with a 27-24 victory at the Superdome. New Orleans had entered the game 0-6 on MNF...New Orleans and Pittsburgh were division foes in 1968 when both teams were part of the Century Division. They played twice that season, with the Saints winning both games
LAST MEETING: Nov. 12, 2006: Steelers 38, Saints 31 @ Heinz Field – The Saints battled back from an early, two-touchdown deficit to take a seven-point lead at halftime, but two fumbles in the second half were too much to overcome. Pittsburgh scored the game’s first two touchdowns, both on first quarter scoring passes by QB Ben Roethlisberger to WR Hines Ward and TE Heath Miller. After a 43-yard kickoff return by WR Michael Lewis, the Saints put together a 12-play, 52-yard match, with QB Drew Brees finding WR Terrance Copper for a three-yard TD pass and in the second quarter K John Carney booted a 20-yard field goal. RB Reggie Bush scored his first touchdown from scrimmage later in the quarter on a 15-yard rush off a double-reverse, taking a pitch from WR Marques Colston and leaping over a defender into the end zone. Pittsburgh would respond with a field goal, and the Saints would answer with a quick drive with a TD run by RB Deuce McAllister. In the second half, Roethlisberger threw his third TD to tie the score at 24, and consecutive touchdown runs by RB Willie Parker pushed the Steelers ahead by 14.
With 8:05 left, McAllister alertly picked up a fumble and bolted four yards into the end zone to make it 38-31. The Saints were driving late in the game, but a fumble at the Pittsburgh 25 with 49 seconds left ended the club’s comeback chances.
CONNECTIONS: WR Marques Colston prepped at Susquehanna Township (Pa.) HS...Director of player programs Fred McAfee played for the Steelers from 1994-98…S Darren Sharper and Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin were college teammates at William & Mary. Tomlin also coached Sharper when he served as defensive coordinator in Minnesota in 2006. Offensive line/running game Aaron Kromer and Tomlin served on the same coaching staff in Tampa Bay in 2005…Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace prepped at O Perry Walker HS and played at Mississippi...Steelers K Jeff Reed went to training camp with the Saints in 2002...Steelers special teams coordinator Al Everest served in the same position in New Orleans from 2000-05. Everest’s father Andy served as a tight ends coach with the Saints from 1981-85...Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Pittsburgh linebackers coach Keith Butler served on the same staff in Cleveland in 2000…T Zach Strief and Steelers G/T Trai Essex were teammates at Northwestern...RB Julius Jones and Steelers WR Arnaz Battle were teammates at Notre Dame. Jones, LB Scott Shanle and Pittsburgh T Flozell Adams were teammates in Dallas...Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians served as tight ends coach with the Saints in 1996...Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau served on defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ staff in Buffalo in 2003…Pittsburgh S Ryan Clark is a native of Marrero, La. who was a standout at LSU from 1998-2001. WR Devery Henderson and Clark were teammates at LSU in 2001. Clark was tutored by Williams in Washington from 2004-05, where he and Pittsburgh WR Antwan Randle El were teammates of S Pierson Prioleau his final season with the Redskins. Randle El and CB Leigh Torrence were also teammates in Washington…C Jonathan Goodwin is the younger brother of Pittsburgh offensive assistant Harold Goodwin. Goodwin and Steelers LB Larry Foote were teammates at Michigan…Pittsburgh CB Ike Taylor prepped at Abramson HS and played at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2001-02...Steelers assistant special teams coach Amos Jones served as linebackers coach at Tulane from 1995-96 and as an assistant at East St. John HS in 1998...Pittsburgh director of business administration Omar Khan went to Rummell HS in New Orleans, graduated from Tulane University and worked in the football operations department of the Saints in various capacities from 1996-2001…DE Alex Brown and Pittsburgh T Max Starks were teammates at Florida...P Thomas Morstead and Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders were teammates at SMU...TE David Thomas, Steelers T Tony Hills and T Jonathan Scott were teammates at Texas...S Malcolm Jenkins and Steelers LB Thaddeus Gibson were teammates at Ohio State...Steelers assistant head coach/defensive line John Mitchell, a Mobile, Ala. native, served on the coaching staff at LSU from 1987-1990. In 1990, Mitchell became the first African-American defensive coordinator in SEC history when he served in that position for the Tigers...Pittsburgh tight ends coach James Daniel received his first pro coaching assignment through the NFL’s Fellowship Program, working with the Saints in 1988. Defensive line coach Bill Johnson, secondary coach Dennis Allen and Daniel served on the same staff in Atlanta...QB Chase Daniel and Steelers DE Ziggy Hood were teammates at Missouri...RB Pierre Thomas and Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall shared carries in the same backfield at Illinois...Steelers RB Mewelde Moore is a Hammond native who prepped at Belaire HS in Baton Rouge and starred at Tulane. Moore and Sharper were teammates in Minnesota from 2005-07...LB Anthony Waters and Pittsburgh CB Crezdon Butler were teammates at Clemson...S Roman Harper and Steelers CB Anthony Madison were teammates at Alabama...DE WIll Smith and Pittsburgh S Will Allen were teammates at Ohio State.
NEXT WEEK: The Saints will return to play in the NFC South on their final game before their bye when they face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, November 7 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Kickoff is Noon and the game will be televised on FOX.