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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: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:21 pm

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

This could be one of the stupidest comments I have ever read. Fans of the losing team always want to blame the refs and never blame their own team for the loss. Here are the facts on the reason the Niners won the game:

TO's   ---- Steelers 4, Niners 0
Sacks ---- Steelers 0, Niners 3

Average punt ydg. ---- Steelers 38.5, Niners 47.5

Rushing yards ----- Steelers 84 yds., Niners 100 yds.

The only thing the Steelers did better than the Niners was pass the ball and that was only because BIG BEN had to throw the ball 44 times because they had to play catch-up. Even then most of the 330 yards came between the 30's.

Niners BEAT the Steelers hands down and if you still think it was because of the refs you have no clue about the game of football!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:13 pm

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

you people are idiots.  First off,  Ben R was not disparaging the Niners in any way - just talking tongue in cheek, being self-depracating.  Do you evenunderstand what that means??  By having 4 turnovers  (3 really, the last one with 2 minutes left was irrlevant) he obviously was the #1 cause of the loss.  Some of this was good 49ers play, but c'mon get real - Rothlisberger couldnt even move!!!!  You think he would throw all those INTs if healthy - NOT.  He would get sacked all those times if he could run??? NOT

The Steelers moved the ball pretty well the first 3 quarters, until the 49ers knew they had to pass and just kept sacking him.  They even ran well on that vaunted running defense.   Every time they got to the 40 of SF or so, they would have a penalty or turnover.  Or on the first drive, they turned it over inside the 20.   The Steelrs D was a let down also really, although the turnovers put them in sone bad spots.

This game was a home game for SF; and the Steelers were without two Pro-Bowlers, Pouncy and Harrison, and might as well have been withouth their starting QB with this injury.  Sure the 49ERS were without Willis, but Pouncy, Harrison and a hurt QB?  C'mon now

The best player of the game though was the 49ers punter!!!!  he is insane

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:08 pm

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

Dude, I'm just glad Pittsburgh lost.  Go Niners, and GO BRONCOS!!!

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:00 pm

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

Since these are two pretty good teams that I love to hate, this was actually a fun game to watch. I agree if Harrison were allowed to play and if they sat Rothesburger there would be a much different outcome.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:56 pm

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

Charlie Batch couldn't have been any worse and he sure woulda been more mobile.  It's tough to be single handedly resposible for ALL FOUR TURNOVERS .. AND get sacked 3 times .. Big Benny Burger was HORRENDOUS and he cost the game ... anyone woulda been better.


Hey Raccoon ... this is for you so you can stop living in a clueless world:

Tuck rule

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The tuck rule is a rule in , currently used only by the (NFL).

Introduced in , it reads:

NFL Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2. When [an offensive] player is holding the ball to pass it forward, any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body


Soooooo ... lets recap .. the rule EXISTED since 1999 ... tha Pats played Oakland in a 2002 DIVISIONAL playoff game coined the "Snow Bowl" ... and it was there that Brady was the fortunate recipient of the already in existance rule.

Any questions Sealed

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:50 pm

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

Yes you were!  They should have played Dixon.  Batch needs to retire.  It is time to find out what Dixon can do. 

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:45 pm

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

If you really think Charlie Batch would have been better than Big Ben last night, it's time to put down the crack pipe. 

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:34 pm

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

Big Benny-Burger single handedly just cost his team their best shot at getting back to the SB by being selfish and stupid.  Sorry, there is just no othe way to put it.  It's not being tough .. it's certainly NOT having his team's back.   It was dumb .. he cost em the game and probably sealed their fate in the playoffs.  THANKS BENNY-BURGER! Laughing

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:30 pm

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

I'm not much of a Steelers fan or a Big Ben fan, but I am very impressed with Rothlisberger's behavior.  He is displaying toughness and leadership by staying in the game and accepting responsibility for the outcome of the game.  Maybe Big Ben grew up a little bit after coming close to blowing it all in Georgia.  Whatever the case, he is saying and doing the things that people in tough towns like Pittsburgh like and support.  
Most of all, he is showing the rest of his team that he has their backs.  Well-played, Ben.  Maybe another Super Bowl is in your cards, after all. 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:26 pm

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

There is a fine line between bravery and stupidity,... lets just say the Steelers won last night, well, big Benny would be awesome!!

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