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Quick Take: Seahawks (3-1) at Steelers (3-1)

Last meeting
The Steelers defeated the Seahawks, 21-10, in Super Bowl XL in Detroit on Feb. 5, 2006. Hines Ward had five receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown, a performance that earned him MVP honors.

The Seahawks have won four of the last five regular-season contests.

Last week
The Seahawks, who were swept by the 49ers in 2006, routed the 49ers on Sunday, 23-3, and took control of the NFC West. Running back Shaun Alexander, playing with a cast on his cracked left wrist, finished with 78 yards, while QB Matt Hasselbeck passed for 281 yards and two touchdowns. ... Pittsburgh lost at Arizona, 21-14. Ben Roethlisberger mounted a fourth-quarter comeback that ended when his pass with 9 seconds left was intercepted by Cardinals cornerback Ralph Brown

At stake
The Seahawks and Steelers are in first place in their divisions and look to keep pace with other teams in the conference. This is the first big test for each of these clubs who have somewhat flown under the radar this season. Could be a statement game for one of these clubs.

Key matchup
Seahawks LB Julian Peterson vs. Roethlisberger. The Steelers are coming off their first loss of the year in which they surrendered four sacks to Arizona -- their total through the first three weeks. The Seahawks, meanwhile, are coming off a six-sack effort against San Francisco, with three coming from Peterson. If Pittsburgh's O-line can keep Roethlisberger upright, he should have enough time to exploit a mediocre secondary.

Did you know?
Pittsburgh kick returner Allen Rossum returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown vs. the Seahawks on Dec. 12, 2002 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

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