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Ben Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh to scores on its first four drives -- a pair of field goals sandwiched around touchdown passes of 16 and 14 yards to Hines Ward -- and the visiting Steelers won their 16th straight regular season game, matching the Miami teams of 1971 to '73 and 1983-84 for the second-best streak in league history.
New England won 18 in a row before the Steelers snapped that streak last October. The Steelers also won their eighth straight on the road, one shy of the team record set in 1974-75.
Roethlisberger was 14 of 21 for 254 yards to improve to 15-0 as a starter. He showed no problems from a bruised left knee that had him listed as doubtful to even play, proving it by scrambling back, then up, left and back again before hitting a nine-yard pass on his second throw of the game.
Willie Parker shined again in the absence of Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis, gaining 111 yards on 25 carries with a touchdown. Ward had six catches for 84 yards.
Jeff Reed added field goals of 35 and 37 yards, giving him a team-record 21 straight.
Houston looked lost on offense. David Carr, who finished 16 of 26 for 167 yards, was sacked eight times, five times in the first half and three times by safety Troy Polamalu. That included an 11-yarder that took Houston out of field-goal range while trailing 17-0, and back-to-back drops shortly before halftime.
Pittsburgh: FG Reed 37, 10:07.
Pittsburgh: Ward 16 pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick), 8:04.
Pittsburgh: Ward 14 pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick), 14:55.
Pittsburgh: FG Reed 35, 3:58.
Houston: D.Davis 3 pass from Carr (K.Brown kick), 7:05.
Pittsburgh: Parker 10 run (Reed kick), 3:51.
SteelersTexansFirst Downs 1816Total Net Yards 388221Rushes-Yards 32-13525-113Passing 253108Punt Returns 2-101-6Kickoff Returns 1-195-101Interceptions Ret. 0-00-0Comp-Att-Int 14-21-016-26-0Sacked-Yards Lost 1-18-59Punts 1-39.04-40.3Fumbles-Lost 0-01-1Penalties-Yards 5-407-58Time Of Possession 29:0630:54 RUSHING
Pittsburgh: Parker 25-111, Haynes 7-24.
Houston: D.Davis 15-59, Carr 7-46, Wells 3-8.
Pittsburgh: Roethlisberger 14-21-0-254.
Houston: Carr 16-26-0-167.
Pittsburgh: Ward 6-84, Randle El 3-75, C.Wilson 2-76, Haynes 1-8, Kreider 1-7, Tuman 1-4.
Houston: D.Davis 4-33, A.Johnson 4-20, Bradford 2-49, Armstrong 2-42, Gaffney 2-7, Murphy 1-12, Wells 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS