I’m just proud of the way the guys fought today – all the way to the end. It was team effort today, and it was fun! This was a heck of a game. The Lord blessed us today…this is unbelievable! — Ben, to CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
From Brooke Pryer, ESPN.com:
While many were already busy writing the postmortem for Ben Roethlisberger’s career, the 38-year-old quarterback penned an improbable chapter in his comeback with the help of his resurgent defense in a 28-24 comeback win to defeat the Indianapolis Colts.
Roethlisberger helped the Steelers climb out of a 17-point hole with touchdown throws on three consecutive drives as the offense scored 21 unanswered points in 11 minutes.
With the win, Roethlisberger is 3-24 in his career when trailing by 17-plus points, and the 17-point comeback matches the largest comebacks of his career, joining 2017 Week 13 at the Bengals and 2015 Week 15 against the Broncos.
We need to execute the plays no matter who’s calling them and I thought Randy called a good game tonight…we didn’t execute when he called the good plays. — Ben, on the first half.
Sunday marked the first time the club won when trailing by at least 17 points in the second half with Mike Tomlin as head coach. It was the first time since 2002 — and just the fifth time in franchise history — the Steelers came back from a 17-point second-half deficit to win.
The Steelers clinched their first AFC North title since 2017, but more importantly, they halted a three-game skid and avoided becoming the first team in league history to lose four consecutive regular-season games after an 11-0 start.
Roethlisberger rebounded to finish 34-of-49 for 342 yards and three touchdowns, but he started out 11-of-20 for 98 yards in the first half. The Steelers’ first half looked suspiciously like their first-half debacle in Cincinnati, as they dug themselves into a 21-7 hole by halftime.
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You can watch Ben’s post-game interview here.
You can seem more great game photos from Steelers photographers Karl Roser, Jared Wickerham & Caitlyn Epes here.
I’m so thankful that they’re our defense. We want to play offensively for them. They’ve done so much to keep us in games and to give us chances to win football games, and there are times when we feel like we’ve let them down, so for us to be able to put some points on the board in the second half and for them to hold the Colts offense down…we’re just glad we could contribute to help them. — Ben, to CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
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