Although the quarterback admits that Pittsburgh “probably shouldn’t be in the playoffs,” he knows that anything can happen in the postseason.
PITTSBURGH– Ben roethlisberger knows his team probably shouldn’t be there, seeded seventh in the playoffs and getting ready to face the second-seeded, Kansas city chiefs. Still, the 39-year-old quarterback knows from experience that crazy things can happen once a team makes the playoffs, no matter how it happens.
“I would assume, as a group, you understand that we probably shouldn’t be here. We’re probably not a very good football team. Of the 14 teams that are in, I think we’re probably No. 14. We’re probably 20-point underdogs, and we’re going against the best team. I know they’re not the top seed, obviously, but they’re the No. 1 team to win the AFC in the last couple of years, probably the best team in the league.
“We don’t have a chance, so we go there to play and have fun.”
The Pittsburgh steelers are underdogs, in fact, by 12.5 points against the Chiefs, who have played in the Super bowl at the end of the last two seasons. The Chiefs they tied the AFC West and clinched their playoff spot three weeks ago when they blew out the Steelers 36-10 in Week 16.
But for the Steelers have reached this meeting, they had to overcome the Baltimore Ravens and they needed the Jacksonville Jaguars surprised the Indianapolis Colts and that the game between Los Angeles Chargers Y Las vegas raiders did not end in a draw.
Late Sunday night, the hopes of the Steelers of playoffs were in critical condition, with the Raiders Y Chargers in extra time, and seconds from finishing tied. But, as time expired, the kicker of the Raiders, Daniel Carlson, finally converted the winning field goal that put the Steelers to the playoffs.
Roethlisberger watched from home, following the game while chatting with two friends via FaceTime, the Christian musicians Bart Millard from MercyMe Y Toby Mac. During the final series of Raiders in extra time, Roethlisberger a very tight helmet of the Raiders, signed by Shane Lechler and the former place kicker of the Raiders, Sebastian Janikowski.
I promise you, Sunday night was the only time you will ever see Ben Roethlisberger do this. pic.twitter.com/7LQhknxn2q
— Bart Millard (@BartMillard) January 12, 2022
“I wish I was in bed instead of waking up with all the stress,” he said. Roethlisberger. “But what a crazy, crazy game. Crazy ending. You start the evening excited to get in [a playoffs] and your hopes begin to fade for a moment. And then in the final series, you really think they’re going to play for a draw. But there are other plans there.”
Now that the Steelers are in the postseason, the passage to the playoffs is reminiscent of the race from 2005 to super bowl xl, where the Steelers, seeded sixth in the AFC, they rode a wave of momentum to carry the runner Jerome Bettis to a win of Super bowl before his retirement.
“I wanted to go win for Jerome, because you knew what it meant,” he said. Roethlisberger. “Maybe [los Steelers actuales] they feel the same. I do not know. It’s not like Jerome came up to me to say, ‘Guys, let’s go out there and win for me.’ I didn’t need to say that. We wanted to win for him, anyway.”
To reach the super bowl xl, the Steelers they surprised Peyton Manning and the first crops Colts 21-18 after losing to them earlier in the regular season. But, Roethlisberger cautioned against drawing too many comparisons between that team and the current group.
“I don’t want to take anything away from this team, but that was a very good football team,” he said. “We had future Hall of Famers. Not that we don’t have really great players here. We’ve got a long way to go before we compare ourselves to that team, in my opinion.
“…Those guys were in high school or elementary when that was happening…I think that was a really good football team. And we’re not as good a football team as them. But, you know, anything can happen”.