Roethlisberger, Steelers Top Browns to Stay in Playoff Mix
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger looked for the last time into the Heinz Field stands peppered with No. 7 jerseys bearing his name and tried to soak in a moment as inevitable as it was unimaginable for most of his career.
This is the end for the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.
And rather than fight it, the player defined by his ability to fend off defenders with his left arm and make game-changing throws with his right embraced it.
Roethlisberger did a victory lap following a 26-14 win over Cleveland on Monday night that kept his team’s faint playoff hopes alive. He hugged team president Art Rooney II. He unsuccessfully fought back tears. Then he grabbed the hand of his wife Ashley and their three children and walked into the tunnel and out of sight.
Roethlisberger played. The Steelers won. And so it goes.
Pittsburgh (8-7-1) will finish at .500 or better for the 18th straight season, or every year since the Steelers selected Big Ben with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft.
The Steelers look to sweep Baltimore for the second straight season on Sunday while watching the score in Jacksonville.