The case for Ben Roethlisberger
The final drive in Super Bowl 43 will go down as one of the all-time clutch moments in the history of the big game. The throw to Santonio Holmes may be the best clutch toss in Super Bowl history.
The AFC playoff run in 2005 was epic, including “the tackle” against Indianapolis Colts defensive back, Nick Harper.
Two huge throws in the 2010 playoffs to Antonio Brown first enabled the Steelers to pull out what seemed an impossible victory against the Ravens after an incredible second-half comeback, and then to seal the AFC championship game against the NY Jets.
Who can forget No. 7 taking the field against Cincinnati with a badly injured shoulder in the 2015 playoffs? Sure, the Bengals helped the Steelers achieve victory, but Landry Jones would not have manufactured that game-winning drive.
Ben is 3rd among active QB’s with 42 game-winning drives.
Super Bowl 40 – Roethlisberger nearly handed Seattle the victory with an awful throw to the back corner of the end zone during the 3rd quarter. Instead of giving the Steelers a comfortable lead, No. 7 gave Seattle life. His performance in the game overall was what you’d expect from a second-year player making his first Super Bowl start… or even worse.
Super Bowl 45 – While not terrible, Roethlisberger’s performance was lackluster. During the final drive of the game, he locked onto Mike Wallace rather than looking Hines Ward’s direction, despite No. 86 having caught everything thrown his way to that point.
Jacksonville in the playoffs – No. 7 has struggled mightily when facing the Jaguars in the playoffs, including the ugly 3 interception mess in 2007
New England – Against the best, Ben has had his issues, especially in the playoffs. I’ll spare everyone the specifics as it hurts too much…
Tim Tebow – Both Steelers QB’s had a regretful loss to Denver on their playoff resumes. This one really hurt. Tim Tebow? Really?