Ben Roethlisberger ranks top 5 all-time in both game-winning drives and fourth-quarter comebacks
Updated: Nov 12, 2020
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The Steelers scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come back and beat the Cowboys, 24-19, on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger recorded his 45th game-winning drive of his career and his 34th fourth-quarter comeback.
Roethlisberger now ranks fifth in game-winning drives, two behind Dan Marino. He is tied for fourth in fourth-quarter comebacks with Johnny Unitas.
"I just don't want to let my guys down," Roethlisberger said after the game when asked about his 34th fourth-quarterback of his career. "So many times the (offensive) line and guys are looking at me on the sideline, they're like, 'Alright, Ben, we believe it you.' I just don't want to let them down, so I wanna give everything I have and fight."
It's the second straight game that Roethlisberger has put together a game-winning drive and fourth-quarter back. The comeback against Dallas was like deja vu to the Baltimore game, as Roethlisberger and the offense started off slow in the first half, but got things going in the second half when they spread the field with five wide receivers in an empty set and ran the no-huddle.
"Listen, I wish that we didn't have to have fourth-quarter comebacks," Roethlisberger said. "I wish that I played better early in the games or we were up and you didn't have to do it but it's the way it is. If we have to have a situation like this where we have to score late or win in the fourth quarter, as long as we win we'll take it."
Roethlisberger has thrown 18 touchdowns and four interceptions through eight games this year. Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges combined for 18 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions all of last season. The Steelers are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and Roethlisberger is the centerpiece of it all. It's no secret that this team will go as far as Roethlisberger takes them.