PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — Former Miami of Ohio Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made a strong case for Canton, Ohio’s Hall of Fame becoming the only player in the position in NFL history to record three 500-yard games. Roethlisberger, finished with 506 yards and two touchdowns in the Pittsburgh Steelers 39-38 come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.
“Hall of Famer, it’s as simple as that, and we are lucky he is on our team,” Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey said.
Roethlisberger previously hit the 500-yard mark with 522 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-24 victory over Indianapolis in 2014 and 503 yards and three TDs in a 37-36 win over Green Bay in 2004.
Roethlisberger’s career-high 44 completions (on 66 attempts) Sunday were the most in a game since New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe had 45 (on 70 attempts) in a 1994 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
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In leading Pittsburgh to Chris Boswell’s game-winning field goal with 42 seconds left, Roethlisberger recorded his 39th game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most in the NFL since he began his career in 2004.
“He’s a winner. He’s going to find a way to win games,” Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell said. “We were down 11 … he put us in a position to win games. That’s what you want in your quarterback. That’s why I’m glad I play with him.”
Roethlisberger recorded 228 yards in the fourth quarter alone, the second most of his career in the fourth quarter. Of those yards, 136 went to receiver Antonio Brown, who recorded his fourth straight 100-yard game.