KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Steelers full-back Ben Roethlisberger raised eyebrows ahead of their wild card game against the defending champions AFC Chiefs on Sunday night as he admitted that “we’re probably not supposed to be there.” this”.
He’s not wrong.
After taking the lead on TJ Watt’s groping return for a touchdown, the Steelers watched Patrick Mahomes easily guide the Chiefs to five touchdowns in a row. So by the time Roethlisberger finally led Pittsburgh past midfield for the first time, midway through the third half, the outcome of what could have been his final game was decided.
The Captain will face Buffalo in the precinct next Sunday night with a 42-21 loss by the Steelers.
It was their fourth straight loss in the knockout stages – the Steelers’ last win was in the precinct in Kansas City nearly five years ago to this day – and in every game they’re a few inches ahead. 21 points at most. Two of those losses came at home when Pittsburgh was a heavy favorite, including a big loss to the Browns last season.
The difference this time? For Roethlisberger, it looks like there won’t be a next time.
“As opposed to coming here and talking about the things we didn’t do, I just brought it up with the team,” said Roethlisberger, “I think the great thing to do is commend the Kansas City Chiefs. They have a really good team, they have an explosive team, and they did really well tonight.”
The six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, who brought the Steelers back to prominence with a pair of Super Bowl wins, has made it clear that he expects this season to be his last. And if it is, the 39-year-old Roethlisberger’s performance in the 23rd playoff game of his career – placing 4th with Joe Montana out of all NFL quarterbacks – will be one to forget. .
His passes flutter. They float. They were definitely missing the zip they had early in his career.
They also don’t generate enough offense.
The Steelers have won three and lost their first three series. They beat in their first seven, a streak interrupted only by Najee Harris losing for the first time in her career. Indeed, it wasn’t until six and a half minutes into the third round, and the Captain was 35-7 ahead, that Roethlisberger even managed to get Pittsburgh over the 50-yard line.
He was actually pretty sharp on that shot, making all eight of his throws with a TD pass to Diontae Johnson. But for the rest of the game, Roethlisberger remains as dull as possible. He’s 29th out of 44 for 215 yards of passing.
He entered the game with 5,757 yards past after the season, and needed just 99 more to get past Montana and Brett Favre on the career roster. But it looks like it will be a halftime break, as Roethlisberger is 5 out of 14 for 24 yards.
He finally got the ground he needed when he threw for Chase Claypool with 12 and a half minutes left. It’s good that one more line in his career portfolio is full.
“I just told him that I have a lot of respect for him,” Mahomes said. “I watched him grow up and the way he played the game, he played to the end. And he’s been doing that this whole season and nobody knows what the future holds, but it’s great to be here and to see him. ”
Roethlisberger won 165 matches, threw more than 64,000 yards, he maintained his success against hundreds of teammates with much controversy and drama. His career began with winning the AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year award and it ended with Roethlisberger leading a team that few considered worthy of the post-season tournament.
Turns out he was one of them.
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