From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:
The Steelers offense cut into a 17-point deficit against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night, and while Ben Roethlisberger liked some of what he saw from the unit, he would trade it in a heartbeat for a win.
The Steelers scored 27 fourth quarter points, and multiple times came right back and answered when the Chargers scored, but still came up short.
“We finally were able to put some points on the board. I don’t know our stats in terms of third down conversions and things like that, but there are some encouraging things to be found from that game. Unfortunately, you don’t win. That’s the worst part. We would take a win and crappy offense over a great offense and not win. There’s some things we can grow on I think.”
Roethlisberger, who just came off the COVID list in time to play, had a strong showing completing 28 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns, utilizing eight different targets.
“A lot of people got involved. We had a lot of different guys catch touchdowns. We did a little bit of a no-huddle type thing. For the line to be able to for the first time really do that. Tell them protections and then do it. Being able to move the ball and also answer scores. I think that’s such a big and underrated deal in the NFL. When you can answer a touchdown or a score, I think that’s huge. I think we did that a few times.”
The Steelers haven’t used the no-huddle as much this year as they have in the past, and Roethlisberger liked the way it worked out for them, changing the tempo which helped keep the defense off balance.
“You’re able to pick the tempo up. You’re able to kind of dictate what the defense is doing a little bit, or keep them plain. I think that was good. I think communication, especially on the road where it was loud. There were a lot of Steelers fans there. It was loud. We were able to communicate, and I think things went pretty well there.”
You can watch video of Ben’s interview here.
Ben Roethlisberger isn’t gone, not yet anyway, but he wasn’t available for the Steelers in last week’s game against Detroit, which ended in a frustrating 16-16 tie. The Steelers didn’t know whether Roethlisberger would be available this week until he passed through the COVID protocol early Saturday morning and thus was cleared to join the team in Los Angeles and play Sunday night against the Chargers.
And what a game Roethlisberger played. Without the benefit of any practice, Roethlisberger completed 28-of-44 (63.6 percent) for 273 yards, with three touchdowns, no interceptions, and a rating of 103.7. But beyond the numbers, it was when they were achieved that was noteworthy.
With the Steelers trailing, 27-10, at the start of the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger led the team to 27 points over the final 15 minutes, and he passed for 101 yards and two touchdowns during that span. On a night when the Steelers defense allowed 41 points, 533 total net yards of offense, and 7.7 yards per offensive play, Roethlisberger not only gave the Steelers a chance to win, but he had the team in the lead 37-34, with 3:24 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Roethlisberger is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week. — Bob Labriola, Steelers.com.
Ben Roethlisberger with no practice:
— Steelers Depot 🦃 (@Steelersdepot) November 22, 2021
Yes it was a loss, but seeing the effort from Ben Roethlisberger, who a week ago had COVID and has dealt with injuries half the season, was all heart. The guy fought and fought hard.
— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) November 22, 2021
You played a great game @_BigBen7 You gave us a chance to win. So proud you are our QB 🖤💛
— Monica #HereWeGo (5-3-1) 🖤💛 (@mlouden87) November 22, 2021
I ain’t even mad about that L this game showed me that it’s still some fight left in @_BigBen7 don’t count us out just yet 🤷🏾♂️🤫💛🖤 because them angry dawgs coming back
— TheRealFreeSmokeSavage (@FreeSmokeSmoove) November 22, 2021
— 🖤5-4-1💛 💙7‐4🤍 (@WomaN_OFSt33L) November 22, 2021
— Seabeewife26 (@ChristyNelsen) November 22, 2021
@_BigBen7 was amazing tonight!! Don’t let that get overshadowed by the loss. (Which freaking sucks btw)
— anna (@annajc16) November 22, 2021
4 points. No TJ, No Haden, No Minkah, No Tuitt, No Alualu. @_BigBen7 hella of a performance straight of COVID.
Onto Cincinnati. #herewego
— Duncan Robertson (@Drobe__) November 22, 2021
“We would like to let everyone know that last night at 10:06 PM Ashley and I welcomed a healthy, beautiful baby boy into this world.
Benjamin Jr. is 7 lbs. 1 oz., and 19-1/2 inches long. Both mom and baby are doing well. We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, it really means a lot to us. God is so good! We will have pictures to post this weekend. We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!” — Ben, Ashley, and Benjamin.