Ben Roethlisberger puts retirement issues with Steelers on the verge of unlikely playoff play

On the eve of his last NFL game, Ben Roethlisberger received news from his father that he was doing well.

Roethlisberger said he was feeling well and did not feel that Sunday’s match against the Ravens should be the end of his career.

By the time he left the field at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Roethlisberger must have had more confidence than ever that he had not finished. He led Pittsburgh to win 16-13 in overtime against the Ravens to end the base, and with some help from the Colts and waiting for the outcome of Sunday’s match between the Chargers and Raiders, he and the Steelers could return. to the post-season.

“Last week was much more emotional, it took it all out and I just felt like, ‘Let’s play,'” Roethlisberger said after Sunday’s victory. “At no point in this game did I think, ‘Man, that’s it. It’s almost over.’ It just didn’t feel like it and I’m glad I didn’t feel that way. “

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Rumors have been circulating throughout the season that the 2021 campaign will be Roethlisberger’s last in the NFL, and his emotional final match at Heinz Field in Week 17 seems to have confirmed that. The 18-year-old veteran has still not confirmed that he will actually hang his football boots at the end of the season, but if he is actually done, it looks like he will not miss close matches with the Ravens. .

“I told a lot of those guys I wouldn’t miss them,” Roethlisberger said of Ravens. “Football is already a very violent game. But you know that playing with these guys has always been where you wake up on Monday morning, whatever the next day, and you’re hurt. And it’s never dirty. It’s just good, old-fashioned Football . “

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On Sunday, it looked like Roethlisberger might not get a chance to get to the playoffs. The Pittsburgh attack was held for only two goals from the field during the first three quarters, when Baltimore took the lead 10-6. But Roethlisberger threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Chase Claypool with 2:54 to the end of the rule to keep the Steelers 13-10.

The Ravens responded with a goal from the field and sent the match into overtime. After Baltimore failed to score in the opening run in overtime, Roethlisberger marched Pittsburgh 65 yards to prepare Chris Boswell for a winning 36-yard field goal.

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The Steelers entered Sunday’s game at 8-7-1 and needed a lot of help to get to the playoffs for the second season in a row. Not only did they need to beat Baltimore, but they needed the Jaguars to beat the Colts and the Chargers or Raiders to beat the others in “Sunday Night Football.”

During his game, Pittsburgh watched as the scoreboard in Baltimore reflected the chaos in Jacksonville, which ended when the winners of the No. 1 overall draft for 2022 ended the Colts’ hopes of a 26:11 playoffs.

All the Steelers need is for the Chargers and the Raiders to avoid a draw. If any of these teams win, the Steelers enter the playoffs as No. 7 in the AFC and head to Kansas City for a match against No. 2 Chiefs.


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