Cold Hard Football facts breaks it down for the Big Ben haters:
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to be haunted by doubters who simply don’t get his game. We assume those doubts will end after his performance in Super Bowl XLIII.
Big Ben’s game is this: he pulls plays out of his ass time and again and wins far more often than not. He’s 51-20 in regular-season play and now boasts an 8-2 mark in the playoffs, second only to Tom Brady among active quarterbacks (Arizona’s Kurt Warner fell to 8-3 with the loss).
If a player pulls plays out of his ass every now and then as a rookie and wins a lot of games, then maybe it’s a little luck. If a player pulls plays out of his ass pretty much every week for five seasons and wins a pair of Super Bowls in the process then he’s pretty good.
Big Ben’s resume now includes a game-winning touchdown drive in the final two minutes of a Super Bowl … and he pulled it off following an ordinary average game to that point, and at a time when it appeared that everything was falling apart around him.***
The game-winning TD to Holmes was a feathery thing of beauty, over the heads of three defenders and into the outstretched hands of the receiver, who was barely able to tip-tap both feet in bounds with nano-centimeters to spare.
Big Ben also did it behind what might have been the worst offensive line ever to win a Super Bowl. The Steelers ranked a dreadful 28th on our Offensive Hog Index this year, and the weakness showed up like a gushing old wound in the Super Bowl.
“But, but, but, he doesn’t drop back and pass purty every play like ___.”
Wank on, haters and non-believers.