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12-21-2009, 02:28 AM
Rewind: Game 14

By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times

Monday December 21, 2009 12:10 AM
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sport ... me-14.html (http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2009/december/21/rewind-game-14.html)

THE HERO

Never has a Steelers quarterback turned in a performance as amazing as Ben Roethlisberger’s Sunday against the Packers. Not only did he set a franchise record with 503 passing yards, but he also threw three touchdowns, the first coming on his first pass of the game and his third on his final throw.

The last of those TD throws, a 19-yarder to rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace, came after the clock struck 0:00 and gave the Steelers a 37-36 win.

“Big Ben joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Y.A. Tittle (1962) and Warren Moon (1990) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards and three TDs without an interception.

THE GOATS

Green Bay came to Heinz Field with the No. 2 ranked defense that was second in stopping the run and third in defending the pass.

The Packers did stuff the Steelers’ running game to a tune of only 65 yards. But they couldn’t stop the Steelers’ passing attack. The Steelers total of 472 net passing yards broke a record that’s stood since 1958 when a Hall of Fame gunslinger named Bobby Layne played quarterback.

Especially disappointing for the Packers was the way their defense didn’t make a stop in the game’s final furious moments.

PLAY OF THE GAME

This was a thriller full of big plays, starting from the 60-yard TD pass Roethlisberger throw to Wallace on the game’s first offensive snap. But the most important play of the game was the last play that started with three ticks left on the clock.
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The 19-yard Roethlisberger-to-Wallace TD kept the Steelers’ slim playoff hopes alive.

THE BIG NUMBER

503 _ Ben Roethlisberger was 52 passing yards shy of breaking the NFL’s single-game record of 554 set by Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams in 1951. But his 503 total shattered the Steelers record of 473 set by Tommy Maddox in an overtime tie against the Atlanta Falcons in 2002.

UP NEXT

Next Sunday, the Steelers (7-7) host their most hated rivals, the Baltimore Ravens (8-6). It’ll be a game with significant playoff implications for both teams. If the Steelers lose, they could be eliminated. If the Ravens win, they’re in.

THE BOTTOM LINE

As coach Mike Tomlin said as he entered the locker room for his post-game speech, “We aren’t dead yet.”

No, the reigning Super Bowl champs aren’t dead. They may be on life support, but they’re still breathing after ending a five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. Baltimore and the Denver Broncos (8-6) would be the two AFC wild-card teams if the playoffs started today. But there are six teams at 7-7, the Steelers included, that still have hope.