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Old 12-20-2009, 08:26 PM   #1
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Roethlisberger's Record-Breaking Day Bests Packers

12/20/2009 9:03 PM ET By JJ Cooper
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Supposedly two of the NFL's best defenses faced off in Pittsburgh Sunday night. No one who watched the Steelers 37-36 last-second win will believe that, but it was clearly a face-off of two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 388 yards and three touchdowns for Green Bay. It was the second-best passing performance of the day--but it was 115 fewer yards than Ben Roethlisberger threw for Sunday night. Dom Capers and Dick LeBeau may be masters of the zone blitz, but neither defensive coordinator had any answers on Sunday.

It was so bad that Mike Tomlin called for an onside kick when his team took a 30-28 lead with four minutes to play. It didn't work, and Green Bay took possession just 10 yards outside of field goal range. But maybe Tomlin knew what he was doing--by giving the Packers the ball in Steelers' territory he ensured Pittsburgh got the ball back after the Packers' go-ahead touchdown with more than two minutes to play.

At that point, with the way Roethlisberger had shredded the Packers' secondary, it was just a question of whether Pittsburgh would run out of time before Roethlisberger drove the length of the field. Roethlisberger went 5-for-10 for 93 yards on the game-winning drive. He converted a fourth and seven and a third and 15 before throwing the 19-yard game-winner to Mike Wallace on third down as the clock hit zero.

Roethlisberger's 503 yard game was easily the Steelers' franchise record. It's only the ninth 500-yard passing game in NFL history, putting Roethlisberger in some pretty impressive company. Thanks to Pro Football Reference's Play Index for the breakdown:

Player Year Tm Result C A Yds TD Int
Warren Moon* 1990 HOU W 27-10 27 45 527 3 0
Boomer Esiason 1996 ARI W 37-34 35 59 522 3 4
Dan Marino* 1988 MIA L 30-44 35 60 521 3 5
Phil Simms 1985 NYG L 30-35 40 62 513 1 2
Drew Brees 2006 NO L 16-31 37 52 510 2 3
Vince Ferragamo 1982 LA RAMS L 26-34 30 46 509 3 2
Y.A. Tittle* 1962 NYG W 49-34 27 39 505 7 0
Elvis Grbac 2000 KC L 31-49 39 53 504 2 2
Ben Roethlisberger 2009 PIT W 37-36 29 46 503 3 0

The asterisk denotes Hall of Famers. Brees could end up in the Hall of Fame as well and Simms and Esiason had excellent careers as well.

It's also a reminder that for all of the Steelers' problems on defense and special teams, Roethlisberger is having one of the best seasons in team history. Thanks to his 503 yards, Roethlisberger also broke the Steelers' record for passing yards in a season. He now has 3,849 yards better Terry Bradshaw's 3,724 yards in 1979.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:29 PM   #2
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Player Year Tm Result C A Yds TD Int
Warren Moon* 1990 HOU W 27-10 27 45 527 3 0
Boomer Esiason 1996 ARI W 37-34 35 59 522 3 4
Dan Marino* 1988 MIA L 30-44 35 60 521 3 5
Phil Simms 1985 NYG L 30-35 40 62 513 1 2
Drew Brees 2006 NO L 16-31 37 52 510 2 3
Vince Ferragamo 1982 LA RAMS L 26-34 30 46 509 3 2
Y.A. Tittle* 1962 NYG W 49-34 27 39 505 7 0
Elvis Grbac 2000 KC L 31-49 39 53 504 2 2
Ben Roethlisberger 2009 PIT W 37-36 29 46 503 3 0
Do my eyes deceive me?

Is there a mistake, because I swear I don't see Tom Brady on that list.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:31 PM   #3
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Do my eyes deceive me?

Is there a mistake, because I swear I don't see Tom Brady on that list.


Excellent observation!
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You're missing Norm Van Brocklin in 1951 (Making Ben the tenth guy), but either way, pretty sweet!
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Do my eyes deceive me?

Is there a mistake, because I swear I don't see Tom Brady on that list.
Nor Peyton Manning, but I don't see Norm Van Brocklin on it either and he still holds the single-game record with 554 yards back in the '50s.
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Nor Peyton Manning, but I don't see Norm Van Brocklin on it either and he still holds the single-game record with 554 yards back in the '50s.
Now that I think about it, I believe that most statistics are since the merger in 1969.
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You're missing Norm Van Brocklin in 1951 (Making Ben the tenth guy), but either way, pretty sweet!
first thing that came to my mind was Van Brocklin 550+ yard effort in the '50s, too

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Zero interceptions that was the differance
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Seriously, 503, 0 INT, 3 TD?

I love Ben.
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Excellent observation!
Brady's single game record is 410 yards, and that was the only time he went above 400, he does have a 399 yard game though ,

Manning has a few games over 400, his most was 472 back in '04
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