Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger Combine for Nearly 900 Passing Yards

Steelers Stop Skid As Big Ben Throws for Over 500 Yards and Breaks 3 Steelers Records

12/20/09 in NFL   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

The Packers came into Heinz Field winners of 5 in a row.  The Steelers were trying to derail a 5-game losing streak.  No defending Super Bowl champ had ever lost 6 in a row.  Both secondaries were banged up, but don't let that discount the day the two opposing QBs had...enter Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers.  Both teams entered the day with supposedly top ranked defenses...Dick LeBeau and Dom Capers will both have to go back to the drawing board after this one.

Green Bay received the opening kickoff and went 3-and-out.  Pittsburgh took over at their own 40-yard line after the punt.  On the first play from scrimmage, Ben Roethlisberger threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to rookie Mike Wallace.  After both teams traded punts, Aaron Rodgers answered back with an 83-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings.

After Rashard Mendenhall scored a TD by bouncing off a tackle much like he did against Oakland, Mason Crosby pulled a Scott Norwood, and both teams traded punts once again, the Packers put a nice long drive together with Rodgers showing his arm, and finishing with his legs, a 14-yard rushing TD for the leading rushing QB in the NFL.  Right back at ya before the half, Roethlisberger capped off a drive of his own with a TD pass to Mewelde Moore.


Pittsburgh then got a FG when a drive stalled...and they took a 10-point lead into the 4th quarter.  Aaron Rodgers capped off a drive that started in the 3rd and finished in the beginning of the 4th quarter, an 11-yard TD pass.  After the Steelers got a 54-yard pass to Hines Ward, their drive stalled and they had to kick another FG.  Ryan Grant gave the Packers the lead with a 24-yard TD run.  The Steelers went back on top with another FG from Reed, and then Ike Taylor had a brain fart.  I didn't understand the ensuing onside kick, but Taylor made it even more idiotic by touching the ball before it went 10 yards.  The Packers struck quick, led by Rodgers.  The 2-point conversion was good and the Steelers had 2 minutes to work with.

Ben gets sacked on first down, probably one he could've avoided had he thrown it away.  On 4th and 7 he found Santonio Holmes for 32 yards to keep the drive alive.  3 penalties in the next 5 plays and Ben found Heath Miller who hauled it in for another 20 yards...what's this, the Steelers actually have a chance to do what other teams have done to them all year?  A penalty negated an INT, and I'd give Hines Ward about a 9.3 for the fall that drew the flag.  Miller with another 15-yard catch led to a TD to Mike Wallace as time expired.  Reed's extra point gave the Steelers a 37-36 victory.

The story of the day was the QB duel.  Rodgers completed 26 passes for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns, an incredible day for him, but was outdone by Roethlisberger.  Despite being sacked 5 times, Big Ben threw for a career high 503 yards.  That's the highest passing yards by any QB in the NFL for a single game this year.  It's also a Steelers team record for a single game, eclipsing the mark set by Tommy Maddox back in 2002 in a game that ended in a tie with the Falcons.  His 29 completions gives him 302 for the year, which breaks Maddox's record of 298 completions in 2003.  The 503 passing yards gives Ben 3849 for the year, which shatters Terry Bradshaw's record of 3724 yards in 1979.  Not only is it a single-game team record, he broke 2 season records with today's performance and still has 2 games to go.  So say what you want about Ben Roethlisberger, the guy is still having a career year through the air.

Hats off to both Roethlisberger and Rodgers for putting on quite the show at Heinz Field!  For a team that has always been run-first when it comes to offense, I never thought I'd see a 500-yard day from a Steelers quarterback.  This was a shootout for 60 minutes, and fitting that it came down to the last play of the game.

BK over and out
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12/21/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

freckled_wonder wrote:
God, what a douchebag. Just because we're going to win the super bowl again and steal the "Team of the Decade" title from your Patriots, doesn't mean you have to be so immature about it. Douche. (Yes, I know it's hypocritical to call him names while I'm preaching about maturity. I just feel he doesn't know what he is, and am trying to inform him so he can change his douchelike ways. Get off my back douchebags.)

So, now the Steelers fans, after giving up on this team after last week, are now going to pretend they were with the team all the way now that things look better? Priceless.

12/21/09   |   kcaruso   |   3 respect

suzanneclark12 wrote:
Chances of Steelers making the playoffs is about the same as chocolate chip cookies being leftover after a pot party  {:-D

i was mad, i thought green bay had them at the last seconds of the game. well at least the falcons beat the jets

12/21/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

gau13 wrote:
Just to add on to that:

            How about trying to have a moment of silence for Chris Henry and as they are saying what happened to him, you have three or four Steelers fans saying, "F*** him," "Who cares," or, "Why does it matter, he was a Bengal."  and that was BEFORE they got trashed!!!!!

 That is seriously f****d up! It reminds me a lot of the 2006 NFC Title Game.  I was on the verge of kicking someone's ass because of the disrespectful comments they made about Hurricane Katrina. He would say stuff like "How high did the flood get?" "Shouldn't you be down in the 9th ward counting bodies?" "You think that hurricane f****d yall up, we're gonna really f*** yall up". Needless to say I wanted to beat the hell outta him, and with it being cold and my fists being numb, I probably would have killed him.  But something happened that kinda settled me down.  At halftime, when the guy left from his seat, another Bears fan in the area said "Look I'm sorry that he's such a jackass. But he doesn't represent our entire fanbase." 

What those Steelers fans did was utterly classless, but that is not a representation of ALL Steelers fans. What those Bears said to me and my buddies at that game was classless, but that's not a representation of ALL Bears fans. That's all I'm saying.

12/21/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Big Ben's fantasy owners approve.

12/21/09   |   MrOrangeman   |   42 respect

Breaking News:  Big Ben is pretty good.

12/21/09   |   Superbleeder   |   94 respect

They wont make it after they lose to the Ravens next week.  At least they played one good game before the end of the season.

12/21/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

freckled_wonder wrote:
God, what a douchebag. Just because we're going to win the super bowl again and steal the "Team of the Decade" title from your Patriots, doesn't mean you have to be so immature about it. Douche. (Yes, I know it's hypocritical to call him names while I'm preaching about maturity. I just feel he doesn't know what he is, and am trying to inform him so he can change his douchelike ways. Get off my back douchebags.)

You're hilarious. Let's see if the Steelers can even make the playoffs first. I still doubt it.

12/21/09   |   gau13   |   217 respect

gau13 wrote:
I was at Heinz Field last night and I lost a lot of respect for Steelers fans.  I don't get where all the trash talk came after the game.  Since when was beating someone byu one point killing them?  I never had to much respect for dumb ass Steeler fans but I lost it all at the game which ended with me telling some drunk a-hole off.

But, yeah I think thry will make the playoffs.  Well, I hope they do so the Superbowl can be Packers/Steeelers just like I always dreamed.

Just to add on to that:

            How about trying to have a moment of silence for Chris Henry and as they are saying what happened to him, you have three or four Steelers fans saying, "F*** him," "Who cares," or, "Why does it matter, he was a Bengal."  and that was BEFORE they got trashed!!!!!

12/21/09   |   gau13   |   217 respect

I was at Heinz Field last night and I lost a lot of respect for Steelers fans.  I don't get where all the trash talk came after the game.  Since when was beating someone byu one point killing them?  I never had to much respect for dumb ass Steeler fans but I lost it all at the game which ended with me telling some drunk a-hole off.

But, yeah I think thry will make the playoffs.  Well, I hope they do so the Superbowl can be Packers/Steeelers just like I always dreamed.

12/21/09   |   suzanneclark12   |   435 respect

wrote:
Wow, who would have thought that the Steelers would be fighting for thier Playoff lives in late December?   Great performance by Big Ben, one of the most clutch QBs ive ever seen.   Nice win.

Chances of Steelers making the playoffs is about the same as chocolate chip cookies being leftover after a pot party  {:-D

12/21/09   |   freckled_wonder

God, what a douchebag. Just because we're going to win the super bowl again and steal the "Team of the Decade" title from your Patriots, doesn't mean you have to be so immature about it. Douche. (Yes, I know it's hypocritical to call him names while I'm preaching about maturity. I just feel he doesn't know what he is, and am trying to inform him so he can change his douchelike ways. Get off my back douchebags.)

12/21/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

wrote:
Wow, who would have thought that the Steelers would be fighting for thier Playoff lives in late December?   Great performance by Big Ben, one of the most clutch QBs ive ever seen.   Nice win.

Barf. That is all.

12/21/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

kramer wrote:
 Like I said, if Tom Brady were to throw for over 500 yards in a game we'd see an article by Pat as fast he he could possibly type it up.  Deny it all you want, we know how it is.

It was impressive, throwing for 500 yards. He may to throw for 1000 more yards to get them into the playoffs though.

12/21/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

 Like I said, if Tom Brady were to throw for over 500 yards in a game we'd see an article by Pat as fast he he could possibly type it up.  Deny it all you want, we know how it is.

12/21/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Pat wrote:
YAYYYYY!!! BEN ROETHLISBERGER!!! WOOOOOO!!! HE'S SO AWESOME!!!!!!!11ONE!

 Notice how I never once said he's the best quarterback in the league.  Seriously, get over yourself.

12/20/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

And the Steelers still might not make the playoffs, which is the important thing.

12/20/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

YAYYYYY!!! BEN ROETHLISBERGER!!! WOOOOOO!!! HE'S SO AWESOME!!!!!!!11ONE!

12/20/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

BigTone2475 wrote:
Hey earth to Kramer they played the Packers even the Bucs beat the Packers.

Considering the way the Steelers had been playing and who they lost to recently, I'm not completely sure that Tampa is still our worst loss.  The Packers have an amazing ability to lay an egg at any given time.

12/20/09   |   BigTone2475   |   326 respect

Hey earth to Kramer they played the Packers even the Bucs beat the Packers.