Ben Roethlisberger might have performed the ultimate recreation on Sunday in Week 18 in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens. The 39-year-old quarterback admitted he’s virtually actually retiring after the 12 months, however his Steelers nonetheless had one thing to play for within the common season finale. If the Steelers might beat the Ravens, if the Jaguars shocked the Colts, and if Chargers-Raiders didn’t finish in a tie, then Pittsburgh would make the playoffs.
All of it occurred, and now the Steelers are again within the playoffs.
It turned out Roethlisberger had at the least another game-winning drive in him. The Pittsburgh QB led his workforce on a 15-play, 65-yard time beyond regulation drive that ended on a made subject purpose from kicker Chris Boswell. The Steelers gained, 16-13, to punch their playoff ticket when the Raiders beat the Chargers on Sunday evening.
There’s actually no love misplaced between division rivals just like the Ravens and Steelers. With the sport in Baltimore, the Ravens took the chance to troll Roethlisberger with a video board montage of him getting sacked. A viral tweet from Pittsburgh reporter Dejan Kovacevic alerted the world to the Ravens’ anti-tribute, and happily somebody within the stands recorded it.
That is the way you tease your without end rival in his remaining recreation in your stadium.
In fact, the Ravens misplaced the sport, so Massive Ben acquired the final giggle.
The Ravens web site did put collectively a enjoyable piece earlier than the sport the place former Ravens gamers talked about their rivalry with Roethlisberger. Whereas most stored it civil, former Baltimore linebacker Bart Scott threw a haymaker, saying “I genuinely do hate him.”
“For me, [I’ll always remember] all that he’s taken from me. Twice in my profession, he’s prevented me from going to the Tremendous Bowl. Folks at all times imagine that after I left the Ravens and went to the AFC East it was the Patriots I hated. No, at the same time as a Jet, he stopped me from going to the Tremendous Bowl. I went to a few AFC championships in a row and he stopped me from going to the Tremendous Bowl in two of them – as soon as as a Raven and as soon as as a Jet. So I genuinely do hate him. However that’s the best signal of respect. I solely hate him due to how he performed and what he took from me. Ben, I hate you. I’m glad you’re executed.”
What a quote, and what an ideal tribute to a rival.
All of this could have felt much more satisfying for the Ravens in the event that they gained on Sunday. Alas, Roethlisberger has a manner of at all times getting the final giggle.