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Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 12:25 pm
Roethlisberger was limited by a bum ankle but it may not have mattered against San Fran's stifling defense. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Growing up, Ben Roethlisberger was a huge Joe Montana fan. Late Monday night, after Pittsburgh was throttled by San Francisco thanks in part to Big Ben's four turnovers, he called himself "probably the best 49ers player tonight."

Realistically, that honor falls to either Aldon or Justin Smith, but we take your point, Ben.

As's Clark Judge wrote early Tuesday morning, Roethlisberger was playing on a bad wheel. He suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Browns in Week 14 and he spent much of the week hobbling around in a walking boot. Still, Roethlisberger, who ended the evening 25 of 44 for 330 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble, took responsibility for his performance.

“I’m not going to make excuses," he said, according to Rapid Reporter Michael Erler. I played a bad football game, turned it over, and that’s on me. Everyone goes out and plays with injuries and I’m no different from anyone else. I was going to play even if I was five percent; I don’t care. …

"It’s very frustrating. You feel like you let down your team, your fans and your coaches. It’s tough. They’re a good football team, they flat out beat us and I need to be a lot better.”

The 49ers rode their top-ranked run defense once again to beat ailing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-3 on Monday night.

Big Ben also said that he didn't take a pain-killing injection before the game even though high-ankle sprains can take several weeks to heal.

“We heard that [ESPN analyst] Steve Young and those guys said pregame, ‘Oh, he’ll go shoot it up,’ ” Roethlisberger said via's Alex Marvez. “No, we don’t do that. [Steelers trainers] would never put me out there and endanger me or anybody on this team to do that. I just think it’s silly that they assume that’s what you’ve got to do. Obviously, we could have done that and it would have helped a lot. But that’s kind of crazy to do and take that chance because you can further injure yourself.”

Roethlisberger risked further injury when refused to come out of the game late in the fourth quarter with the outcome decided. Judge rightly wondered why the Steelers would potentially jeopardize the rest of their season.

"When coach tried to get me out, I said, 'No, I'm not putting you in that situation," Roethlisberger said. "And I'm not quitting on our guys. I started this thing. I'm going to finish it.' "

“My hat goes off to Roethlisberger,” 49ers defensive end Justin Smith said on ESPN after the game. “Him playing, hobbled up back there, he wouldn’t come out.”

So we again have confirmation: Roethlisberger is tough. Now he needs to get healthy because it looks like the Steelers are headed for the wild card and a first-round meeting with the Denver Broncos.

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Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 7:05 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Quit cryin!!

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:46 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

We get all the calls???  Watch a Steelers game dipshit, and then say that!  Go back to watching your ice dancing

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:45 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Ben is a nutsack that likes to rape women. His comment had about as much subdelty as his pickup lines.

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:41 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

The 49'ers played great.  We were beat in all aspects of the game.  You can blame Ben for the turnovers, but Alex  Smith drove down and scored on our defense on his own.  Glad to see the 49'ers might be back.  If Ben doesn't get healthy for the playoffs, we're done.

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:38 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

I see idiots keep calling Ben a rapist, but why dont they keep calling Ray Lewis a murderer???  You see all these players getting in to trouble off the field and these jealous idiots keep on about allegations of rape.  If he was indeed a rapist, he would be in prison.  Just like Buress shooting himself in the leg and carrying a gun in to a night club.  How come no ones calling him a gun toting dooshbag everytime he catches a pass???  It goes back to jealousy.  You all wish he was your QB.  Brady is a whiney wimp, Cutler is just a flat out wimp.  If Brady got hit like Ben does, there would be fines flying everywhere.  You dont need to comment on that because we all know its true.  I dont know, you dont know, and nobody really knows what happened with those rape allegations other then Ben and the girls.  But we do know one thing, he is one of the toughest QB's to play football in years.

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:29 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Frigging f'n hoo.  The Steelers get more calls than any team ever in the history of the NFL.  The NFL loves it when the Steelers do well because it's good for ratings.  Jackass

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:27 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Pittsburgh fans...more class than that?  Wow...there was your first mistake...Surprised

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:09 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Ben does give credit to the 49ers in this article and he should. They played a greaat game. They force alot of turnovers with every team. That's a quality of that defense. Hats off te the 9ers, they flat out beat the Steelers and Ben as much as said so. Why spin it into a negative. He was very gracious.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:55 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

After the way the 49ers kept Ben down on the ground. I would think the only positive he should have been able to take from it was that he was able to learn some new techniques on how to pin his rape victims down to the ground.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:39 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

  What a back handed way of not giving Niner defense credit for kick his a$$ last night.This clown needs to figure out it's not always about him unless you are a drunk teenage girl.Best fortyniner are you Kidding me he wishes it was so.

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