Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers struggled throughout most of the game against the Jaguars on Sunday, but they finally woke up in the fourth quarter and were able to overcome a 16-point deficit to beat the Jaguars 20-16 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.
Late in the 4th quarter with the Steelers trailing 16-13, and the ball at the Jacksonville 1-yard line, Roethlisberger was able to scramble into the end zone to cement the victory for Pittsburgh.
After the game, “Big Ben” described what he saw on the game-winning touchdown:
(On his awareness of who he was beating at the goal line) :
“I didn’t see that. You see the goal line, truthfully. I don’t know what option I am on that [play], but it’s way down the list,” Roethlisberger(27/47, 314 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT) said. “It took away the other ones, and it’s just one of those things where just—the competitiveness—the end zone seems like it’s right there. You know you have a time out, obviously that helps, so you can kind of take a gamble or a chance and then when you see it, you find a way to stretch it out.”
(On what he saw during the last touchdown):
“The end zone. The goal line. No, you know, like I said, I wasn’t one of the first four options. So, it almost looked like they knew what was coming. They took our first couple of options away, so it just appeared to open up and—I gave Matt [Feiler] a hard time there because he hit me pretty hard trying to jump over me at the end, so it was kind of fun to tease him on that play.”
Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey was very happy that Roethlisberger decided to run.
“It was kind of an option play where he could throw to the tight end outside,” Pouncey said. “Hell, I’m glad he ran.”
Based on the result, I’m sure all of Pittsburgh was happy that Roethlisberger decided to run.
With the victory, Pittsburgh extends their winning streak to six games, and after a slow start, the Steelers(7-2-1) look like the team many thought they would be in 2018.