When fans and television announcers saw Ben Roethlisberger go down in the first half of Thurday’s game, most thought there was no way that he could possibly return. Ben’s leg got badly twisted while being tackled by the Browns. Roethlisberger couldn’t stand or walk on his own, and had to be helped off the field.
Based on the way his leg got twisted, some thought that it might be a season-ending injury. Little did they know that Big Ben is actually from Krypton.
To the surprise of fans and announcers alike, Roethlisberger came limping out of the tunnel after halftime. I assumed that he was going to watch the second half from the sidelines, but to my surprise, he started warming up.
Not only did Big Ben warm up, but he actually started the second half under center. He went on to perform better in the second half than he did in the first half, despite limping the entire time.
In the first half, Roethlisberger completed 8 of 9 passes for 102 yards. In the second half, he was 8 of 12 for 178 yards.
But Roethlisberger wasn’t the only hero of this game. Nope, if Big Ben was Superman, then Antonio Brown was Batman.
Brown led the team with 5 catches for 151 yards, including the 79 yard touchdown reception that put the game away for good.
And let’s not forget about William Gay, who must have been Green Lantern in this super hero themed game. The Steelers were leading 7-3 late in the fourth quarter, but the Browns were driving. They got the ball deep into Steelers territory, and the Steelers’ defense didn’t look like they were going to be able to stop them. A touchdown would have given the Browns a 10-7 lead with little time left on the clock. Fortunately, Gay intercepted a pass in the end zone, putting an end to the Brown’s hopes.
The Steelers ended up putting 7 more points on the board on Roethlisberger’s long TD pass to Antonio Brown. That’s how the score got to be 14-3. But Gay’s interception was really the nail in the Browns’ coffin.
With the win, the Steelers take a temporary lead over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. The Steelers and Ravens were tied atop the AFC North, but the Ravens have an advantage because they’ve beaten the Steeler twice. So the Steelers need a Ravens loss if they’re going to have any hope of winning the division.
Despite the fact that the Indianapolis Colts are 0-12, and have the worst record in the NFL, I’m sure that every Steelers fan will be rooting for the Colts this weekend when they play the Ravens.
I sure wish Peyton Manning was from Krypton too. But it looks like Big Ben is the only Kryptonian quarterback in the NFL.