Just what the hell was Ben Roethlisberger thinking?
With time running down late in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ contest with the New England Patriots on Sunday, the Steelers had third and goal with time running out Roethlisberger made one of the most bone-headed plays I’ve ever seen.
The Steelers were trailing the Pats 27-24 and had the ball on the seven yard-line with the clock running. Rather than spike the ball, bring out the kicker for a chip shot and head to overtime, Roethlisberger decided to go for the old “fake spike” play and tried to win the game.
As he dropped back, Eli Rogers was the only receiver in the pattern, and he ran a slant instead of a fade. There’s no way of knowing if he was supposed to do that, but as soon as it happened, Roethlisberger should have just thrown the ball away and played for overtime. Instead, he tried to force the ball to a covered receiver in a crowded area.
Here’s what happened:
Yep, a game-sealing interception on a thrown that never should have been made.
That’s just a bone-headed play by a great quarterback. You have to throw that ball away. There’s no excuse for that and it may have cost the Steelers home field advantage in the postseason.