“This is a good team win for us….It was a nice night of being home!” — Ben, post-game.
Oh yeah, and Ben had a pretty good game too!
From ESPN Stats & Info:
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Keisel joked after the game that he wants Ben’s game jersey after such a huge performance. Keisel very happy for his teammate and friend.
From Jim Corbett, USA Today:
Ben Roethlisberger on 500-yard game: ‘Why does it have to stop here?’
Ben Roethlisberger held his young son, Ben Jr. as he beamed at his locker, giving Little Ben and his teammates a record-setting performance to look up to when his team needed him most.
Roethlisberger said this week he and his up-and-down Steelers were close to playing their most complete game.
Boy, was he ever right. No better time than Sunday for Roethlisberger to remind everyone he’s still an elite, two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback by setting franchise records for passing yards (522), touchdown passes (six) and completions (40).
His yardage total that ignited Sunday’s 51-34 victory against the Indianapolis Colts was tied for the fourth-highest in league history. It was the second time Roethlisberger eclipsed 500 passing yards for the 5-3 Steelers — the first player in NFL history with two such games — who have won two straight games for the first time.
“We felt they couldn’t stop us because we were just clicking,” Roethlisberger said. “There has been a lot of great quarterbacks that have played this game. And it’s just an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as a lot of those guys.
“I’m glad we finally put two wins together. Because 5-3 is a lot better than 4-4.”
You can read more here.
And from Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:
Ben Roethlisberger became the first QB in history to pass for 500 yards in a game twice in a career.
In short, Ben Roethlisberger was everything his team needed him to be, and because the game was against a potent offensive opponent, he was everything his team needed him to be for all 60 minutes.
Roethlisberger completed 40-of-49 for 522 yards, with six touchdowns and no interceptions to finish with a rating of 150.6. He became the first player in NFL history to pass for over 500 yards twice in a career; he became one of four quarterbacks in NFL history to win his 100th game within 150 career starts. As for this particular game, Roethlisberger was the biggest reason why the Steelers converted 62 percent on third downs, why the Steelers were 5-for-6 in the red zone, why the Steelers almost doubled the Colts’ time of possession by finishing with 39:43, why the Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 51-34, at Heinz Field.