PITTSBURGH — Channel 11 Sports has put together a list of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s top 11 career moments in the Black & Gold:
1.) Super Bowl XLIII – Feb. 1, 2009
Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a Super Bowl winning drive after the Cardinals took the lead. With 42 seconds left, Roethlisberger threw a pinpoint pass over the heads of three Cardinals defenders, and Santonio Holmes made the toe-tapping catch that gave the Steelers their 6th Super Bowl victory.
2.) The Tackle – Jan. 15, 2006
Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown to help the underdog Steelers take a 21-3 lead over the Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff. The Colts narrowed the lead to 21-18. The Steelers defense stopped Peyton Manning late in the game and were poised to seal the game with a short Jerome Bettis touchdown run. Bettis fumbled, and the Colts’ Nick Harper recovered and started running the ball back. Roethlisberger weaved back and forth, looking behind him before making a shoestring tackle to save the touchdown. The Colts would go on to miss a game-tying field goal, and the Steelers advanced to the AFC Championship.
3.) 12 Touchdowns in 2 Games – Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 2014
Ben Roethlisberger shattered records in a two-game span in 2014. He threw 6 touchdowns in back to back games against the Colts and the Ravens, the most touchdowns ever thrown by a quarterback in two consecutive games.
4.) The Immaculate Extension – Dec. 25, 2016
The Steelers were reeling, having lost 5 straight to the Ravens. They needed a win to make it into the playoffs as AFC North Champions, and they trailed late. With time running out, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown, and AB somehow stretched his hand across the plane for the game and division winning touchdown.
5.) Ben’s First Win – Sept. 26, 2004
After replacing Tommy Maddox due to injury, Ben Roethlisberger got his first start at Miami. The game was moved back 7 and a half hours to avoid Hurricane Jeanne, but the conditions were still subpar for the game. Ben Roethlisberger connected with Hines Ward on a 4th quarter touchdown, leading to a 13-3 win, and starting Ben’s 13-game regular season winning streak.
6.) The Helmet Catch – Jan. 15, 2011
The Steelers faced the Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. With the game tied 24-24 late, and the Steelers facing 3rd and 19, Ben Roethlisberger launched a deep pass to Antonio Brown, which he secured off of his helmet. The Steelers went on to score a touchdown to advance in the playoffs, 31-24.
7.) Winning The North – Dec. 14, 2008
The Steelers needed a win in Baltimore to clinch the AFC North. Trailing 9-6 with 40 seconds left, Big Ben scrambled from the pressure and found Santonio Holmes at the goal line. It was ruled a touchdown, and the Steelers won the division 13-9 on their way to a Super Bowl run.
8.) Broken Nose – Dec. 6, 2010
The Steelers-Ravens series through Ben Roethlisberger’s career was loaded with big hits and big games. In this game, Haloti Ngata visibly broke Ben Roethlisberger’s nose early in the game. Despite that, and a foot injury, Ben willed the Steelers to a victory. After Troy Polamalu forced a late turnover, Roethlisberger found Isaac Redman for the game-winning touchdown. Pittsburgh took over the lead in the AFC North.
9.) Fantastic Finish – Dec. 20, 2009
Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers had a battle for the ages at Heinz Field on Dec. 20, 2009. They combined for 886 yards passing. The game came down to the final play. Roethlisberger threw a bullet to Mike Wallace from 19 yards out, and somehow Wallace kept his feet inbounds. The Steelers beat the Packers in a thriller, 37-36.
10.) 5 First Half Touchdowns – Nov. 5, 2007
Ben Roethlisberger dismantled division rival Baltimore on a Monday night. Big Ben threw five touchdowns in the first half to spring the Steelers to a 35-0 lead. The Steelers would win 38-7.
11.) Big Ben Debuts – Sept. 19, 2004
An injury to Charlie Batch in training camp elevated rookie Ben Roethlisberger to 2nd on the depth chart in 2004. A season ending injury to Tommy Maddox in the 2nd game of the season elevated Ben to a starter. He threw an interception on his second pass, but threw two touchdown passes in the 4th quarter, showing signs of the promise that was to come.
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