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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: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:26 pm

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

Yes you were Ben.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:23 pm

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

Raccoon .. you'r making a BUFFOON out of yourself.  The Tuck Rule DID EXIST in that game .. which as the 9er fan rightly corrected you on was in the Divisional playoff game against the Raiders as I said, in Brady's 1st SB year.  You REALLY need to understand the rules or else you're going to be living obliviously your entire life and stuck muttering to yourself.   LOL  

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:22 pm

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

Stifling defense my *ss. Giving up 300+ yards is hardly stifling. The Steelers were their own worst enemy. I watched this game from beginning to end and seen nothing spectacular from the niners. They'll go no where in the playoffs. Crippled Steeler team and the niners could still fare no better than 20 points at home with all of the Steeler mistakes. Pathetic in my book.

The stifling defense gave up 3 points idiot.  The reason Pittsburgh got so many passing yards is because they we're behind the whole game and couldn't get much going on the ground.  Also, the 49ers best defensive player, Patrick Willis missed the game and the Steelers still got shut the F%ck the down. PERIOD!

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:17 pm

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

The Tuck rule was from the Patriots v Raiders AFC Championship game where Woodsen hit Brady and it was deemed not a fumble but the tuck rule. Ah those where the days...greatest show on turf, videogate was yet to come and you could actually hit a QB fine free.  I must the 49ers solid win and I hope they win a playoff game or more.  As a Steeler fan playing Big Ben was wrong from the start as he could hardly walk.  Yes the Steelers are tough guys and a win would have pushed them ahead of the hated Ravens, but Big Ben`s future behind a very bad line(Tre Essex is swiss!) is not looking good. Big Ben looks to take hits and extend plays and that is not good when you are completely immobile.  It was like a Neil O`Donnell/Vinny Testeverde nightmare. Equally as disturbing was the Steelers D looked unmotivated and old. Sure they can win the last 2 games with Batch of Cookies or me at QB, but I don`t see them emerging as AFC champs again.  Hope I`m wrong, but it doesn`t look like they are all at 100%. 

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:04 pm

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

Actually, the tuck rule game was the AFC Divisional Game.  The Patriots played the Steelers in the AFC Championship that year.

I don't know what games this guy has been watching to complain about "home cookin'".  I also thought the only calls that were bad were the 2 chop block calls.  The one on the interference to make a catch was pretty obvious.  Sounds like a Steeler fan just trying to make excuses for his team.  The 49ers were the better team last night, plain and simple.  They came out ready to play and executed like they needed to.  Drives me nuts when people use the officiating as an excuse!

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:59 pm

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

You can only wish you had someone like Big Ben on your team the BUM REDSKINS !!!!!!!

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:52 pm

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

Yeesh Ben. Really tough playing hurt, but you make sure everyone knows you are hurt by mentioning it every minute. Then you take the blame for the loss, but you .." by the way, if I didn't mention it before, I was hurt.. But I should have played better.." He makes it sound really good, I will give him that... The other phrase we could use is " Milking it for all it is worth".

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:43 pm

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

The tuck rule did not exist at the time and it wasn't in the Superbowl; it was the AFC Championship against the Raiders. The Tuck rule was made during the following offseason because of that play. It wasn't a rule at the time, so therefore, it was a bad call.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:36 pm

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

The interference call was a good call .... take off the coke-bottle glasses and learn the rules.   The only two calls that were poor were the two Chop Block calls which the ref who called it clearly doesn't grasp the rule correctly .... but BOTH teams got that one called against em, so it evened out.

As for NE getting "home cooking"  ... you're way off there.   They are usually the ones getting phantom Pass Interference calls against em if anything  ....  look at the AFC Championship game vs. Peyton where he had two gifted PIs in the endzone no less which paved the way for an undeserved one-hit wonder SB ring.

Brady got the tuck rule his first SB .. but at least that's is a real rule in the NFL .... I don't like the rule, but it's a rule.  Sorry  

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:29 pm

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

Some people just do not watch the games and make up their own calls.  The muffed punt wasn't muffed at all.  If you notice in the replay the ball bounced off a Steeleer player's shoulder first and that's why it was muffed in the first place.  Wacth the game FOOL!

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