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Hines Ward Career Timeline - 2002 - 5th Year

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9/9/02 @ New England Patriots Starting the season off facing the team that knocked the Steelers out of last year's conference championship, Ward starts off the season strong, leading the team with eight receptions for 90 yards and a TD on a 13-yard pass from Kordell Stewart. He also has a tackle on Terrell Buckley at the Pittsburgh 47 and returned for -2 yards. L 14-30
9/15/02 Vs. Oakland Raiders Ward leads the team for the second consecutive week with seven catches for 92 yards, including a 34-yard TD pass from Kordell Stewart.  Ward scores two TDs for his first multiple-touchdown performance of his career. L 17-30
9/29/02 Vs. Cleveland Browns Ward leads the team for the third straight game with nine catches for 104 yards, his first 100-yard game of the year and the third of his career. W 16-13 in OT
10/6/02 @ New Orleans Saints Ward ties Antwaan Randle El for the team high of five receptions for 45 yards.  Ward scores his team-leading fourth touchdown of the season when he dives to hit the pylon after stretching for a pass from Tommy Maddox.  Ward also has one run for 11 yards. L 29-32
10/13/02 @ Cincinnati Bengals With the Steelers dominating, Ward has four receptions for 24 yards, moving past Charles Johnson into sixth place on the Steelers' all-time career receiving list. He also runs once for 20 yards. W 34-7
10/21/02 Vs. Indianapolis Colts Ward scores two TDs on five receptions from Tommy Maddox totaling 76 yards receiving, including a leaping catch over cornerback Nick Harper for a 14-yard touchdown.  Also one carry for eight yards. W 28-10
10/27/02 @ Baltimore Ravens Ward leads the team with eight receptions for 97 yards, including a long of 20 yards. W 31-18
11/3/02 @ Cleveland Browns Ward leads the team in receptions for the fifth time this season (tied once), finishing with nine receptions for 79 yards and a TD. Pittsburgh also snapped the ball directly to Ward, who ran for a key first down to set up a field goal by Todd Peterson. W 23-20
11/20/02 Vs. Atlanta Falcons Ward had a 35-yard pass to Plaxico Burress nullified by a holding penalty, but finishes with a team-leading 11 receptions for 139 yards and one TD. Ward also leads the team in receptions for the sixth time during the season.  Also has a 29-yard run. Although Tommy Maddox throws for over 500 yards (breaking Bobby Layne's 1958 team record of 409 yards), the Steelers still come up short having the first NFL tie in 5 years. T 34-34 in OT
11/17/02 @ Tennessee Titans Leads the team for the seventh time during the season with 10 receptions for a career-high 168 yards and two TDs, including the 72-yard TD on the game's initial play by Tommy Maddox. Kordell Stewart steps back into the QB position after Maddox is taken off the field in ambulance. L 23-31
11/24/02 Vs. Cincinnati Bengals Ward has another tremendous game, tying for the team lead with five receptions for 125 yards and one TD from Kordell Stewart.  He surpasses 1,000 receiving yards for the second consecutive season (1,039), becoming the first Steeler since Roy Jefferson (1968-1969) to achieve this milestone. Ward runs for 39 yards on a reverse, leading to Jerome Bettis' 1-yard scoring run. On the Steelers' second possession, Ward bounces off defensive back Kevin Kaesviharm on a 64-yard scoring pass play, his 11th touchdown of the season. W 29-21
12/1/02 @ Jacksonville Jaguars In another big producing game, Ward leads the team for the eighth time with eight catches for 51 yards and two runs for 19 yards.  Playing the second half with a broken nose, Jerome Bettis ran for 86 yards to reach 11,459 for his career and pass John Riggins for 10th on the NFL career rushing list W 25-23
12/8/02 Vs. Houston Texans Ward leads the team for the ninth time during the season with nine receptions for 76 yards, eclipsing his own team record of 94 receptions with 98.  Ward also has seven yards on two rushes. L 6-24
12/15/02 Vs. Carolina Panthers Despite playing with a nagging hamstring injury, Ward becomes the first receiver in Steelers' history to record 100 receptions in a season.  Ward has three receptions for 39 yards and one carry for two yards.  The Steelers seize control of the AFC North with the win 30-14. W 30-14
12/23/02 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers For the 10th time during the season, Ward leads the team, catching six passes for 78 yards.  The Steelers dominated the Bucs 17-7 to win the AFC North championship, their seventh division title in 11 years under coach Bill Cowher. W 17-7
12/29/02 Vs. Baltimore Ravens Finishes with a team-high five receptions for 46 yards to lead the team in receptions for the 11th time during the regular season.  Ward also has a 23-yard TD reception from Tommy Maddox.  It was the seventh time in Cowher's 11 seasons that the Steelers have won 10 or more games. W 34-31
AFC Wild Card Game 1/5/03 Vs. Cleveland Browns Ward joins Plaxico Burress as the only Steelers receiving tandem to each compile 100 or more receiving yards in a postseason game since John Stallworth and Lynn Swann in Super Bowl XIII.  He finishes with 11 receptions (tying Franco Harris' team record for most catches in a postseason game) for 104 yards.  Maddox led the Steelers on a 77-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard scoring pass to Hines Ward with 3:06 left in the game.  Ward also had a run for 14 yards. The Steelers advance to the AFC Divisional Playoffs. W 36-33
AFC Divisional Playoff Game 1/11/03 @ Tennessee Titans Ward leads the team for the 13th time during the season with seven receptions for 82 yards and two TDs.  Starting at the Steelers own 35-yard line, Tommy Maddox marched the Steelers down the field and connected with Hines Ward for a 21-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion, a pass from Ward to Plaxico Burress, was converted, tying the game at 28. The Titans win it on Joe Nedney's 26 yard field goal in OT. L 31-34 in OT
RECAP   Ward is again selected to the 2003 Pro Bowl, his second straight trip.  

Selected to the Associated Press second-team All-Pro squad.  

Ward led the team in receptions for the third consecutive year and eclipsed his own team record with 112 receptions and also finished four yards ahead of Plaxico Burress for team high passing yardage honors (1,329), just 69 shy of Yancey Thigpen's team-record 1,398 yards (1997).

Ward became the first Pittsburgh wide receiver to post three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Ward scored 12 receiving TDs to tie Louis Lipps' (1985) and Buddy Dial's (1961) team record.

He became the first non-kicker to lead the team in scoring since 1977 (Franco Harris).

Named the 2002 recipient of The Chief Award, presented annually by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media established by the late founder, Arthur J. Rooney, Sr.

Ward eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the second straight year, joining Plaxico Burress as the first receiving tandem in team history to both surpass 1,000 receiving yards for two straight seasons.

He also led the team with 18 receptions for 186 yards and three TDs in the postseason.
10-5-1 Season

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