Even though he was supposed to spend Sunday afternoon on the sidelines at Heinz Field wearing a ball cap, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger managed to be a hero against the Cleveland Browns.
The veteran Roethlisberger, bad left foot and all, was forced into Sunday’s game during the team’s second offensive possession after starter Landry Jones left with an ankle injury and he went on to complete 22 of his 33 pass attempts in the game for 379 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Steelers 30-9 win.
379 passing yards in the win over Browns were the most off the bench by a quarterback in a regular-season game in NFL history.
In the process of not only providing the Steelers a much needed win heading into their bye week, Roethlisberger also passed former NFL quarterback Kerry Collins for 13th place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list.
In last week’s win over the Oakland Raiders, Roethlisberger passed Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana on the list before ultimately leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a left foot sprain.
Roethlisberger was allowed to dress as the Steelers No. 2 quarterback Sunday due to him perking-up health-wise late in the week, according to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin after the win. He entered the weekend listed as questionable after being limited in practice on Thursday and Friday.