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mesaSteeler
12-08-2008, 07:06 PM
(Note this is from a Dallas newspaper. - mesa)

It's sweet 16 comebacks for Pittsburgh's Roethlisberger
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/yahoolatestnews/stories/120808dnspomoore.3dea36e.html?npc

11:52 PM CST on Sunday, December 7, 2008

PITTSBURGH The Cowboys like to think they have a special player in Tony Romo.

The Steelers know they have one in Ben Roethlisberger.

Most of the credit for Pittsburgh's victory belongs to a defense as harsh as the eight-degree wind chill factor. The Steelers did force five turnovers and score the winning points on an interception return by cornerback Deshea Townsend in the final two minutes.

But remove Roethlisberger's contribution late in Sunday's game and the defense would have done nothing more than accumulate some impressive, yet hollow, statistics.

Big Ben led his team on a come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter for the 16th time in his career. The quarterback who was more likely to bounce a pass off his offensive lineman's shoulder pads or have the ball knocked down at the line of scrimmage by the Cowboys aggressive defense for most of the afternoon eventually stood tall.

Roethlisberger completed nine of 12 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown in the final 18 minutes. He ran for key first down. He produced 10 points on the team's final two possessions we're not counting Pittsburgh running out the clock at the end after scraping together just three points the first 11 times he had the ball.

"I'm really proud of the way the guys stepped up when we needed it the most," Roethlisberger said. "We answered the bell when we had to."

The play that awoke Pittsburgh from its offensive slumber came on third-and-16 late in the third quarter. Santonio Holmes took off down the sideline, got behind cornerback Terence Newman and caught a beautiful throw from Roethlisberger for 47 yards.

"I talked to Newman afterward," Roethlisberger said. "He was sitting on everything all night. I kind of gave him a quick little pump fake, then just chunked it up for 'Tone. He ran under it and made a heck of a play."

The Steelers failed to score on that series because the Cowboys shut them down on third-and-goal and fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. But the deep pass to Holmes tilted field position in Pittsburgh's favor and helped get the team into an offensive rhythm for the first time.

"That was the big play that really hurt us," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. "That was inexcusable."

Roethlisberger came back two possessions later and completed passes of 14, 21 and 16 yards to Nate Washington. Roethlisberger's 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller with 2:04 left when the Cowboys blitzed tied the score and set the table for Pittsburgh's defense.

"Guys knowing that we had to do it, that it was now or never," Roethlisberger said of that touchdown drive. "It was a little later than we wanted to, but it was time to score, and score quick."

You want quick? Sunday marked the 49th win in Roethlisberger's first five seasons. That's more than any quarterback in NFL history.

"He made some big plays," Phillips said. "He's still the same quarterback that knows how to win."

He's the quarterback Tony Romo wasn't on this day.

BIG BEN
The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger passed some impressive players on his way to the most wins by any NFL quarterback in his first five seasons.
Name Team Seasons Wins
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 2004-08 49
Otto Graham Cleveland 1950-54 48
Dan Marino Miami 1983-87 48
Tom Brady New England 2000-04 48
John Elway Denver 1983-87 46

stillers4me
12-08-2008, 07:09 PM
ahhhhhhhhh......perspective. Ain't it a funny thing?

fansince'76
12-08-2008, 07:09 PM
Another "Ben knobslobbing" thread. He sucks. Our running game and defense won that game and every game he has ever participated in for the black and gold. :coffee:

Frankie3521
12-08-2008, 07:10 PM
The guy is just clutch. Most wins at his age ever, now thats impressive.

Frankie3521
12-08-2008, 07:11 PM
Another "Ben knobslobbing" thread. He sucks. Our running game and defense won that game and every game he has ever participated in for the black and gold. :coffee:

I really hope thats a joke. I know some people nuthug too much, but that is just a ridiculous thing to say.

stillers4me
12-08-2008, 07:11 PM
Another "Ben knobslobbing" thread. He sucks. Our running game and defense won that game and every game he has ever participated in for the black and gold. :coffee:

:kick:

fansince'76
12-08-2008, 07:12 PM
I really hope thats a joke. I know some people nuthug too much, but that is just a ridiculous thing to say.

Of course it is - I was just getting it out of the way, because I know it's coming.

Frankie3521
12-08-2008, 07:13 PM
Of course it is - I was just getting it out of the way, because I know it's coming.

Okay, i'm usually king at detecting sarcasm, but after seeing some of the members here, you never know. (no offense)

fansince'76
12-08-2008, 07:15 PM
(no offense)

None taken - you can tell when I'm being a smartass in a post as I usually put the coffee smilie :coffee: at the end. :chuckle:

lilyoder6
12-08-2008, 07:17 PM
other than the 8-8 season debaucle.. ben has been giving us double digit wins evry yr.. i like that

Frankie3521
12-08-2008, 07:18 PM
None taken - you can tell when I'm being a smartass in a post as I usually put the coffee smilie :coffee: at the end. :chuckle:

I like that, a moderator that isn't a stuck-up dumbass, somebody who actually has a sense of humor and shows signs of life. :thumbsup:

Neil-Still-Rules-14
12-08-2008, 07:34 PM
The Steelers haven't had a losing season under Ben. 2 division titles (maybe another coming soon), a super Bowl title, the greatest regular season in Steelers history (15-1), 49 regular season wins, 5 playoff wins.... all of this following a 6-10 season. :P I'm calling it.... he's the greatest ever.

I_Bleed_Black_And_Gold
12-08-2008, 07:39 PM
Put Leftwich in!!!:coffee:

markymarc
12-09-2008, 06:18 AM
Well that's really odd because according to some fans the defense won this game. Man reality sucks. I wouldn't want any other QB leading this team.

chenzzo
12-09-2008, 07:45 AM
the defense might have won it, but Ben was nice enought to tie it up for them first. :)

SteelMember
12-09-2008, 08:26 AM
None taken - you can tell when I'm being a smartass in a post as I usually put the coffee smilie :coffee: at the end. :chuckle:

You sure do have alot of coffee smilies in your posts. Coinsidence? :laughing:

tony hipchest
12-09-2008, 08:55 AM
I like that, a moderator that isn't a stuck-up dumbass, somebody who actually has a sense of humor and shows signs of life. :thumbsup:not bad for scraping the bottom of the barrel :wink02: (inside joke).

LambertIsGod58
12-09-2008, 09:00 AM
not bad for scraping the bottom of the barrel :wink02: (inside joke).

you're so clever Tony....:rofl:

The_WARDen
12-09-2008, 09:02 AM
The Steelers haven't had a losing season under Ben. 2 division titles (maybe another coming soon), a super Bowl title, the greatest regular season in Steelers history (15-1), 49 regular season wins, 5 playoff wins.... all of this following a 6-10 season. :P I'm calling it.... he's the greatest ever.

Until he provides that 5th Super Bowl, I'll hold off on that claim.

Tankus_Maximus
12-09-2008, 09:07 AM
All I want for X-mas is for the Steelers to use their top 2 picks on bluechip o-linemen.

The scrubs we currently have are gonna get our bluechip QB Killed or paralyzed before 30.

fansince'76
12-09-2008, 09:08 AM
All I want for X-mas is for the Steelers to use their top 2 picks on bluechip o-linemen.

The scrubs we currently have are gonna get our bluechip QB Killed or paralyzed before 30.

Yer wrong, Tank. It's never the OL's fault when he gets sacked. He just holds the ball too damn long. :coffee:

LambertIsGod58
12-09-2008, 09:36 AM
Yer wrong, Tank. It's never the OL's fault when he gets sacked. He just holds the ball too damn long. :coffee:

We've got the best QB in the league...there's no way he holds on to the ball too long. He doesn't do anything wrong. Our defense is lackluster. We need to use those picks on some better players.:coffee:

Dino 6 Rings
12-09-2008, 09:41 AM
Got to keep an eye on that kid in Atlanta, he's having a great year, very similiar to Ben's first year.

I keep hearing the talking heads talk about "Ryan is having a year we haven't seen as a Rookie since...Marino"

Uh...folks...Ryan is having a year like Ben had. He has a great Running game and a very good defense helping him get those wins.

But whatever, just more non-love thrown Bens way. Most wins ever in the first 5 years as a starter. I wonder if Brady Quinn is paying attention.