2004 Pittsburgh Steelers season

2004 Pittsburgh Steelers Season

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2004 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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The 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers looked to rebound after a disappointing 6-10 season the year before, which saw the team go through the entire season without winning consecutive games.

The team would more than rebound, finishing with a 15-1 record, topping the team-record 14-2 record from 1978 and joining the 1984 San Francisco 49ers, 1985 Chicago Bears, and 1998 Minnesota Vikings as only the fourth team in NFL history since the league adopted a 16-game schedule in 1978 to finish with such a record. This also makes the Steelers the first AFC team to achieve a 15-1 record. Along the way, the Steelers ended the New England Patriots NFL-record 21-game winning streak in Week 8, then defeated the Philadelphia Eagles the following week to hand the NFL's last two undefeated teams their first losses in back-to-back weeks, both at home.

The season was highlighted by the surprising emergence of rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the team's top pick in that year's draft. Originally planned to sit behind veteran Tommy Maddox the entire season, plans abruptly changed when Maddox was hurt in the team's Week 2 loss in Baltimore. Surrounded by talent, "Big Ben" wouldn't disappoint, going an NFL-record 13-0 as a rookie starting QB, shattering the old NFL record (and ironically, also the team record) of 6-0 to start an NFL career set by Mike Kruczek filling in for an injured Terry Bradshaw in......
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