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Robinson: How well is Ben Roethlisberger playing? This well …

By Alan Robinson

How well is Ben Roethlisberger playing?

Here’s some evidence.

Roethlisberger was chosen Wednesday as the AFC offensive player of the week for the 10th time in his 10-season career.

Roethlisberger was 29 of 45 for 367 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions during a 37-27 comeback victory Sunday over the Detroit Lions. He also led the longest game-winning drive of his career, a 97-yard march in the fourth quarter that ended with his 1-yard touchdown pass to Will Johnson.

He threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter to put the Steelers up 14-0, then two more in the fourth quarter after the Lions had gone ahead 27-23.

The victory was the 29th of Roethlisberger’s career in which he led rallied his team after trailing or being tied in the fourth quarter. And he has 23 drives (three in the postseason) in which he has led the Steelers from behind to a victory in the fourth quarter.

“He’s a competitor like most of the guys that are really good at his position,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “They embrace those moments and they pride themselves in delivering in those moments.”

Roethlisberger has thrown for 2,901 yards, the most of his career through 10 games, and has completed 247 passes. He needs five touchdown passes – he currently has 208 — to surpass Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw for the most in Steelers history. And Sunday marked the fourth time in his career he has thrown at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Some more:

— He is 91-45 in his career as a starter (15-1 against the Browns, by the way, with the only loss coming in 2009 in Cleveland) and 36-11 against the AFC North.

— He already has thrown for 350 yards or more four times this season.

— He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 24 consecutive games, counting the postseason.

Each of Roethlisberger’s 20 career regular season come-from behind, game-winning fourth quarter scoring drives:
Yards Time Opponent (Result) Date Final Score
97 8:03 Lions (TD) 11/17/13 37-27
92 2:53 Ravens (TD) 12/14/08 13-9
89 6:41 Bengals (TD) 10/3/04 28-17
86 2:06 Packers (TD) 12/20/09 37-36
80 4:40 Jaguars (TD) 10/5/08 26-21
78 8:01 Browns (TD) 11/11/07 31-28
78 1:33 Bengals (TD) 12/31/06 23-17
77 2:34 Browns (TD) 11/19/06 24-20
73 6:30 Chargers (FG) 11/16/08 11-10
67 3:18 Giants (TD) 12/18/04 33-30
64 6:33 Eagles (FG) 10/7/12 16-14
63 4:32 Titans (FG) 9/10/09 13-10
60 2:05 Colts (FG) 9/25/11 23-20
60 1:45 Ravens (FG) 10/31/05 20-19
56 1:37 Jaguars (FG) 12/5/04 17-16
51 4:53 Giants (TD) 11/4/12 24-20
47 2:51 Dolphins (FG) 10/24/10 23-22
40 4:36 Chargers (FG) 10/10/05 24-22
24 1:50 Cowboys (TD) 10/17/04 24-20
9 0:22 Ravens (TD) 12/5/10 13-10

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