Steelers Ben Roethlisberger Matches Tom Brady with Impressive Playoff Record

Published 01/12/2021, 4:52 AM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (left) shakes hands with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


Ben Roethlisberger is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. However, their last outing on the field was a tough pill for Big Ben to swallow.

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The Cleveland Browns upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in incredible fashion to advance in the Playoffs. Roethlisberger tried to rally the Steelers in the second half, but his efforts were not enough to help the Steelers to get the W.

However, Roethlisberger did make history during the game against the Browns. Last night, Roethlisberger matched the legendary Tom Brady as the only quarterback to throw for 500+ yards in an NFL playoff game. Roethlisberger threw for 501 yards during the Steelers’ loss to the Browns.

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Dec 21, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) drops to throw during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

But Roethlisberger’s 500+ yards were not exceptional. He ended up forcing 4 interceptions during his passing display. And much like Tom Brady, Roethlisberger’s 500+ passing yard performance came off the back of a defeat. Brady achieved the feat during the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

This isn’t the first time Big Ben has thrown for 500+yards this year. During the regular season, Ben Roethlisberger had 4 500+ yard games, most in the league.

These performances came during the Steelers’ early regular-season dominance when they went 11-0 in the league before suffering an immense collapse in the final stages of the season.

Ben Roethlisberger joins an elite club

For Roethlisberger, this season has been marred with praise and criticism. The early start of the NFL season was when Roethlisberger was putting on great outings game-in and game out.

He was a huge factor in the Steelers’ going 11-0 at the start of the season. However, that was when the wheels started to fall off for the Saints.

As the Steelers went on their losing run, it was Roethlisberger’s performances that were criticized. Big Ben’s performances were put under the magnifying glass.

Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) walks off the field after throwing an interception to Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Sione Takitaki (not pictured) in the fourth quarter of an AFC Wild Card playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Many have questioned whether he is capable of performing at a high level. Despite the fact, he was able to put up 5oo+ yard passing games multiple times during the season.

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Now, Roethlisberger’s future is a major question mark. Many have suggested that the Steelers begin a rebuild. And if that is the case, they may have to cut their losses with Big Ben and his big contract.

Will the Steelers finally part ways with Ben Roethlisberger? That remains to be seen. But he showed last night he can still play at a high level.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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