Bad left foot and all, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came off the bench Sunday early in the first quarter and the veteran put together a performance that won’t soon be forgotten about in the team’s 30-9 win over the Cleveland Browns. On Wednesday, Roethlisberger was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 10.
Roethlisberger was forced into Sunday’s game with 8:06 left in the first quarter after starter Landry Jones was forced to leave with a left ankle injury that suffered on the final play of the Steelers second offensive possession. He went on to complete 22 of his 33 pass attempts in the game for 379 yards and 3 touchdowns with only one interception. In the process, not only did Roethlisberger pass former NFL quarterback Kerry Collins for 13th overall on the league’s all-time passing yardage list, he also set an NFL record for the most passing yards ever by a quarterback in a game in which he did not start.
This now marks the 13th time during his career that Roethlisberger has won the weekly AFC Offensive Player of the Week award and the second time that he’s won it this season. In Week 2 of this season, he also won the award after completing 21-of-27 passes for 369 yards with three touchdowns in the Steelers win over the San Francisco 49ers.