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09-17-2009, 05:19 AM
With game on line, Big Ben delivering

By F. Dale Lolley, Staff writer, dlolley@observer-reporter.com
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PITTSBURGH - The uniform No. 7 isn't the only thing Ben Roethlisberger has in common with former Denver quarterback John Elway.

Though not kept as an official NFL statistic, fourth-quarter comebacks are something commonly used to define great quarterbacks. And Elway is considered the king of comebacks.

In only his sixth season, Roethlisberger has shown that he might be ready to challenge Elway for that title.

With the Steelers' 13-10 overtime victory over Tennessee last week, Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to victories 19 times when they were tied or trailed in the fourth quarter.

In his 16-year career, Elway did it 47 times, which is considered the benchmark for NFL quarterbacks.

Roethlisberger, however, says he doesn't necessarily think of Elway when discussing comebacks. In his mind, former Ringgold High School star Joe Montana is to whom he'd like to be compared.

"For me, I was a Montana guy. At the end, when he had the ball in his hands, it seemed like Joe was going to get it done," Roethlisberger said.

Like Montana and Elway, Roethlisberger seems to be at his best when the game is on the line. Including his performance on the game-winning possession in overtime against Tennessee - when he was 5-for-7 for 50 yards - Roethlisberger has completed 55-of-77 passes for 870 yards and and six touchdowns. He's also has a game-winning touchdown run.

"You have to be confident and you have to want the ball," Roethlisberger said. "It's like wanting the ball for a last-second shot, wanting the ball at the end of the game. You know you can do it. When you can't, it's not like you get down on yourself, you just got stopped somehow."

That hasn't happened often in his career. The Steelers are 19-6 in games decided by six or fewer points with Roethlisberger at quarterback.

"Ben seems to thrive in those situations," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "He wants the ball in his hands with the game on the line."

Of course, with the Steelers struggling to run the ball, the Steelers' fate seems to always be in Roethlisberger's hands. After ranking 23rd rushing in 2008, the Steelers gained just 36 yards on the ground against the Titans.

Roethlisberger said that is just the evolution of the NFL.

"I always say you have to keep up with the times," Roethlisberger said. "That's kind of evolving into a passing offense - league wide. People talk about the Steelers and the run game because we want to be physical. When you want to be physical, people assume that's the run game. But that can mean a lot of different things. I guess you can go all the way back to the '70s and we were a grind-it-out team. We're not that '70s team. We're our own identity and that includes a lot of no-huddle stuff. It's been good."

And should continue to be with Roethlisberger running the show.

Odds and end zones

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who missed the opener against the Titans with an ankle injury, practiced Wednesday and could play this week against the Chicago Bears. ... After a U2 concert at Soldier Field last week, the natural grass field was torn up and replaced. ... Steelers kicker Jeff Reed was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his game-winning kick against Tennessee.

09-17-2009, 07:27 AM
we all know that he clutch, its just that bspn and other media outlets are surprised that he does this for some reason, they only think manning and brady do this...