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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: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:28 pm

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

He might be tough but he is also an idiot. Why play if you can'T EVEN WALK. Not only did he hurt his team last night, but if he doesn't heal, he will hurt his team in the future as well. It'S amazing how stupid most NFL players, coaches, GM'S are. And you are right, they thin w are stupid as well with the way the NFL manupulates these games. I had the 49er's last night but these gamed are defintely being manipulated, its getting to be just like the NBA

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:15 pm

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

It amazes me how somebody can put up a good point and post something ridiculous at the same time... You do know that the Steelers are an AFC team and the Saints are an NFC team, right?  Meaning they won't play against them in the playoffs... You pretty much ruin your opinion when you give this obvious mistake out as it shows you are opinionated towards a certain team, without even knowing key fundatmentals about football in the first place.

Point blank, if Ben Roethlisberger handn't been injured trying to throw the ball, the Steelers would have faired better against the 49ers.  I am a fan of neither team, so I saw how he was hurting them with his poor throwing/decision making all night long.  The defence actually held the 49ers most of the night and if the offence would have produced earlier in the game, they would have won the game.  Big Ben lost this game and needs to understand his role to his fellow teammates, not just to his ego.

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

What a bunch of MORONS

Duh SF won. It is kind of hard not to when you are allowed to tackle receivers before the ball gets there. That happened 3 times last night with no calls from the refs and one of those was inside the 1 yard line right before the half. Because no call was made they had to try a long field goal and missed it. Then to make matters worse, SF muffs a punt and the refs INVENT a call to give the ball back to SF calling interference when the ball DEFINATELY touched the returner first and he was blocked into him anyway. That was Steeler ball inside the 20. PERIOD. This game was dictated by the NFL and their typical in general hatrerd of the Steelers. No one other than new england gets that kind of home cooking. Bad calls directly affected this games outcome. That is just sad that you have to get help from the league to beat a team that is beat up and you are at home. Had that game been called properly, (IE- no home cooking) SF loses that game. The NFL is a joke. That game was almost as poorly called as the NFC championship game when New Orleans "beat" the Vikings. We all know that was a joke and so was this. 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:52 pm

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

Best 49er tonight?  What an arrogant POS.  Glad you got your ass ripped.  Hope you get more of that in the playoffs Big TRULY deserve it (unlike that superbowl 40 ring)

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:47 pm

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

Kudos to Ben for not making any excuses, but at the same time I think it should be the coaches decision on who plays and who comes out at any given time in a contest. I'm from Massachusetts and obviously a Patriots fan, and I've seen Brady taken out of a game in that type of situation. If someone is not playing up to par then they need to let someone else start in their place. Maybe Charlie Batch would have done terrible as well, but at this point its probably better for Ben to rest and get healthy for the play offs than try and win a game that really doesn't matter all that much.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:41 pm

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

Wizkid, I'm sure it was hard for you, as a Steelers fan, to watch your team lose. But let's not resort to making stupid statements to defend your team.

First, the Steelers were no more hobbled than any other team at this point of the year. In fact, they are far better off than most teams. Roethlisberger was less mobile and Polamalu was a little banged up. And sure, Harrison was suspended and Pouncey were injured. Really, that's about it. Key players, but they should have been able to cover for those losses, especially Harrison.

The 49ers were missing Edwards, Morgan and were without Ginn for half the game, so they were basically down to one WR. They lost Staley who came into the game injured. They were without their best defender in Patrick Willis. And Frank Gore, who the offence is based around, has been hobbled for weeks. Yet they were able to cover for those losses and injuries.

The 49ers managed to put up 20 against a pretty intact Steelers defence. A defence that gives up 15 points per game. Not too bad. Though it probably helped that the defence gave them superb field position most of the game.

And the defence did give up 330 yards to Roethlisberger. But they also held him to just 25 of 44. They may have "only" had 3 sacks but they were in his face all game, absolutely dominating the Steelers offensive line. Not to mention holding Mendenhall to 64 yards and the Steelers as a whole to 84. I think the most telling statistic is that the Steelers crossed San Francisco's 30 yard line once. That was a combination of good defence and superb punting. Oh and the 4 forced turnovers. That was a pretty big deal too.

So even though they might not do too much in the playoffs (because they will more than likely run into a superb New Orleans team), I'd say they are a pretty good team.

Or we could go with your theory that they put in a pathetic performance in their 17 point win.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:39 pm

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

"I was going to play even if I was five percent; I don’t care. … "


Thanks for NOT CARING Benny Burger ...  cuz of your selfishness and stupidity, you just paved the way for the Patriots to have the #1 seed in the AFC ... BWAAAA AHAHAHAHAAA  ... Thanks dummy!   It's good to know the tail is wagging the dog over in Pitt and that the coach is just a puppet for Big Benny Burger to tell whether he will or will not play.   Have fun wth the 5th seed!  LOL

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:37 pm

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

Hey luckyluda21,

You are a Steelers, Heat, Red Sox and Gators fan, really? Are you waiting to see who ends up on top of the NHL standings at the end of the season before you pick them as you're next fav.

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:33 pm

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

I think he was saying the 49ers arent that impressive. He is a Bengals fan not even a Steelers was an objective view point. I too think the 9ers will go out early in the playoffs. I also feel the Steelers are a better team when healthy. The real winning starts in January talk is cheap up until that point. Last night the 49ers were a better team. Three weeks from now it may be a very different story.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:27 pm

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

True. little Ben even the usual MVP. For the Steelers ( the officals ) couldn't help you guys out tonight

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