Friday, April 19

Ben Roethlisberger delays retirement questions with Steelers on the brink of unlikely playoff spot

On the eve of perhaps his last NFL game, Ben Roethlisberger received a text message from his father asking how he was doing.

Roethlisberger said he felt good and didn’t feel like Sunday’s game against the Ravens was going to be the end of his career.

By the time he left the field at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Roethlisberger had to be more confident than ever that he wasn’t done yet. He had led Pittsburgh to a 16-13 overtime comeback against the Ravens to end the regular season, and with some help from the Colts and awaiting the outcome of Sunday’s game between the Chargers and Raiders, he and the Steelers they could come back. to the postseason.

“Last week was a lot more emotional, it took everything out of me and made me feel like, ‘We’re going to play,” Roethlisberger said after Sunday’s win. “At no point during this game did I think, ‘Man, this is it. Almost done’. It just didn’t feel that way and I’m glad I didn’t have those feelings. “

MORE: What does the Jaguars win mean for the Colts, Chargers, Raiders, Steelers?

Rumors have circulated throughout the season that Roethlisberger’s 2021 campaign would be Roethlisberger’s last in the NFL, and his emotional final game at Heinz Field in Week 17 seemed to confirm that. The 18-year-old veteran has yet to confirm that he will in fact hang his heels at the end of the season, but if he is, in fact, already over, it appears he will not miss out on playing close games with the Ravens. .

Also Read  DraftKings Picks Week 18: NFL DFS Lineup Tips for Daily Fantasy Football GPP Tournaments

“I told a lot of those guys that I’m not going to miss playing with them,” Roethlisberger said of the Ravens. “Soccer is already a very violent game. But you know that playing with these guys has always been one where you wake up on Monday morning, whatever the next day is, and you’re hurt. And it’s never dirty. It’s good. , old-fashioned American football. “

ROETHLISBERGER STATS: Steelers quarterback is set to end his NFL career with all-time great passing numbers

For a time, it seemed that Roethlisberger would not have a chance to make the playoffs on Sunday. Pittsburgh’s offense had been limited to just two field goals during the first three quarters when Baltimore took a 10-6 lead. But Roethlisberger threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Chase Claypool with 2:54 remaining in regulation to give the Steelers a 13-10 lead.

The Ravens responded with a field goal to send the game into overtime. After Baltimore failed to score on its opening drive in the extra period, Roethlisberger marched to Pittsburgh 65 yards to set Chris Boswell for a game-winning 36-yard field goal.

MORE: Brandon Staley says Chargers won’t play for tie

The Steelers entered Sunday’s contest 8-7-1 and needed a lot of help to make the playoffs for the second straight season. Not only did they need to beat Baltimore, they needed the Jaguars to beat the Colts and for either the Chargers or the Raiders to beat the other on “Sunday Night Football.”

Pittsburgh watched throughout their game as the scoring in Baltimore reflected the chaos that was unfolding in Jacksonville that ended with the holders of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 draft ending the Colts’ playoff hopes with a 26-11 victory. .

Also Read  Salah and Sané, Liverpool's fratricidal duel to reign in Africa

Now, all the Steelers need is for the Chargers and Raiders to avoid a tie. If one of those teams wins, the Steelers will enter the playoffs as the seventh seed in the AFC and head to Kansas City to face the two seeded Chiefs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *