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