A grateful ‘Nation’

January 23rd, 2017 by

…wants to say “thank you” to Big Ben and the Steelers for a great season:

“Ben I am so proud of you and the guys for getting this far. That in itself says a lot! I still have all the faith in the world! Love you! We’ll get there next year! 😊” — ‎Lynne Krizovich



KristinaGillespie“Take pride in how far you’ve come Steelers!! Little ones like these two look up to you!! Baby football life 🏈💛.” — ‎Kristina Gillespie. (photo at left)


Gerald Iaboni AMP ‏@Iabonig
@_BigBen7 @jharrison9292 @DOCnation_7 thanks to you and your team mates for a fine season even though fell short the fight was to the end.


Stevi Guy ‏@stevilynne7
I appreciate @_BigBen7 and his effort today! You tried! They still followed you…you are still a great General.


Richie Sikuea ‏@richieseekoowea
Always got love for @_BigBen7 Hope you guys come back stronger next season!

“Congratulations on a great year Ben. We will get them next year, always a loyal fan. Go Falcons.” — Debbie L. Sweet.



Rahul Kapur ‏@rkapur000
Tough ending but great memories of this yr thx @steelers @jharrison9292 @iammikemitchell @_BigBen7 @dabody52 @RamonFoster to name a few.


❤Kara Brooke ❤ ‏@mskarabrooke27
We had a great run this season @_BigBen7 @steelers. I’m so proud of you guys. We will definitely get ’em next season ❤🏈 #SteelersNation

“Next year Big Ben, Great year keep up the great work we Love you !!! Steelers For Life !!!” — ‎Steven Salamida‎.



MarciaSWattsSantelle ‏@damonesk
Love these boys so much man @L_Bell26 @AntonioBrown @__bELIeve17 @DeAngeloRB @_BigBen7 #SteelersNation #HereWeGo


Brenda Hess ‏@BrendaH88fan
Thank you @steelers for a great season!! we love you @_BigBen7 @AntonioBrown @jharrison9292 #HereWeGo #SNUproud 🏈

“Ben, I am so proud of you and the guys for getting this far. That in itself says a lot! I still have all the faith in the world! Love you! We’ll get there next year!” — Lynne Krizovich‎.



Elijah7 ‏@_Elijah7
Very proud of our guys, and my favorite, @_BigBen7. WIN or lose, I’ll ALWAYS be a proud member of #SteelerNation! #HereWeGo


Kay Bell ‏@KayKaytravels
@steelers I love and support you @_BigBen7 @jharrison9292 @DeAngeloRB @L_Bell26 @AntonioBrown @dabody52 @_audi8 @CamHeyward

“Very proud of the Steelers to have accomplished all that they did this year after a rough beginning to the season. Maybe next year!!!” — Gerri Hamler Scheiderlein.



WolfJamesKimberly ‏@KD782001
@steelers @_BigBen7 Thanks for a great season guys! Wish it could have ended differently but can’t wait to see what you bring next year!!


Mathew ‏@AMMOBROTHERS
@_BigBen7 Thank you for a great season. Class act bro.

“Hope Ben NEVER retires! 💖💛💙” — Carol Ann.



Banshee 🐺 ‏@__PAPIBLANCO_
One last #HereWeGo for this season, hella proud of my squad this year. Had a great run @steelers @L_Bell26 @AntonioBrown @_BigBen7


Frankie ‏@frankie21manios
@AntonioBrown @_BigBen7 @L_Bell26 Thank you for a great year.

“Thanks Big Ben for a good awesome season you guys are still the best. Go Steelers!!” — Ernestino Steele‎.



Angel Harrell ‏@harrell_angel
@steelers @_BigBen7 @AntonioBrown @__bELIeve17 @DeAngeloRB We had a great season guys! Heads up! We got this next year! No giving up yet


🖤MusicFan4Life 💛 ‏@jMusicFan4Life
@steelers Thank you all for an incredible season. I never lost hope we would get a chance for that 7th ring! @_BigBen7 I love you. You’re a great man.

“We love you big guy!!” — Joshua Brintnell.



KaseyBrookeKel Champlin ‏@kelchamplin
@steelers @jharrison9292 @AntonioBrown @L_Bell26 @_BigBen7 Great season, guys! It’s been a joy to watch – waiting for next season!


PJ Zul ‏@Zul719
@steelers @_BigBen7 @AntonioBrown @L_Bell26 congrats to making it to the playoffs and the championship. Can’t wait for next season 🐝🐝🐝


Hud The G ‏@Hud__G
@_BigBen7 you still that dude

“Great job and great year. The reality of the games of the world is that someone wins and someone looses. Games come and go and you played a good season.” — Bernadette Marie Mosey.



Allison DeBona ‏@allidebona
@_BigBen7 Played like a beast tonight. Love you BIG BEN!
You deserved a win.


Jack Zavadil ‏@Steelr_4_Life
I’m still proud to be a @steelers fan! Keep up the work and come back harder next year! @AntonioBrown @L_Bell26 @_BigBen7 @SteelersUnite

“Thank you, Ben, for another awesome year of Steeler football! Go enjoy those little ones for a few months!” — Elaine Spry.



Eric KingmaDoug ‏@GordonLuvsEnid
Thanks @steelers @_BigBen7 for great memories with my family #HereWeGo


Kelli Wofford ‏@WoffordKelli
@_BigBen7 @AntonioBrown @SteelersUnite @steelers @DeAngeloRB Still a proud Steelers fan! Btw no one can copy the Terrible Towel!

“Next year Big Ben, Great year keep up the great work we Love you!!! Steelers For Life!!” — Steven Salamida‎.



Kelly McCall ‏@KellyBigben
@_BigBen7 You played a helluva game & I am so thrilled U R our quarterback. You are the best, I love you. Can’t wait until next year #7❤️💙💛🏈


Dave Leslie ‏@d_leslie5
Ben Roethlisberger @_BigBen7 has grown so much as a man, and as a QB for the @steelers. Good answers in the press conference.

“Thanks Ben for an exciting season. #STEELERNATION is still #STEELERPROUD!” — Susan Delucia‎.



KevinDavisDennis Kelley ‏@RealDKelley
@AntonioBrown @L_Bell26 @_BigBen7 Great season. Never underestimate the heart of a champion. 2017 bright. Unfinished business.


Hard Harry ‏@Ditalianoz
@steelers @_BigBen7 you had a great run this season! Thanks for keeping us fans on the edge all year! Enjoy your time off and rest up see you soon!


“Thank you Ben for an awesome fun season! hold your chin and head up high! Steeler Nation loves you Ben! looking forward to next year!!” — Joyce A Matuzak.


Beth Osmianski ‏@bethintheburgh
@steelers @_BigBen7 I feel bad for Ben. He played his heart out. We’ll be back next year!


Jaguar Myers ‏@JaguarMyers1
@steelers @_BigBen7 Ben deserves better.

“Thanks for an exciting season, Big Papa! I’m proud to be a part of Steeler Nation!” — Kristin Swaney Nasal.



LarryRuizAimee Davis ‏@Luckiedenali
@steelers @_BigBen7 you still rock!

“I still believe in you and you’re still MY favorite, Ben! Sorry you didn’t really have anyone out there helping you when it really mattered tonight. I REALLY thought this was our year… — Twana Winters Taylor.


Jordan T. Choate ‏@jordanthenapper
You encompass Steelers football @_BigBen7. Thank you for your leadership, performance, and drive.

“I’m proud of you and the leader you are! As a lifelong fan, thank you for an amazing season. #killerbs #steelernation” — Ginger Huxley.



Large Car ‏@steelcurtn301
@steelers @L_Bell26 @AntonioBrown @_BigBen7 @jharrison9292 I wanted to thank all of u for a great year I’m sure you will get them next year.

“Great season, class act. See ya next year!” — Wolf James.



John Quilico ‏@TheJohnQ
Thanks for a great season, Steel Crew!! It was so much fun to watch. @L_Bell26 @AntonioBrown @_BigBen7 Next year.

“Amazing season, I can’t wait to see what you guys will bring next year. We win some and we will lose some. We are proud of you all regardless!” — Rachel West.



DonnaTysonDonna Tyson ‏@ldytyson
Our season has come to a end but we are starting them early @AntonioBrown @_BigBen7 @steelers papa and baby sky. (photo at left)


James Ross ‏@Rossjames1998
Thank you Ben Still my Fav and always will be cant wait till next year @steelers @_BigBen7


TerryinSoCal (SCU) ‏@TerryinSoCalif
I love our QB @_BigBen7 I hope we get most of these guys back too. Add @twheat002 & @ThaBestUNO & draft a pass rusher & we get back to SB.

“I’ll be 65 next week and have lots of grandchildren. The first game I ever watched was the first game you played for the Steelers. Now I’m a crazy fan!! I wear your jersey proudly and enjoyed this season. Good job, Ben. Next year….the Super Bowl!!” — Patty Shannon Hahn.



PapaSendro412 ‏@PapaSendro412
@_BigBen7 get em next year. Great season regardless of the outcome. Looking forward to what the future holds.. #HereWeGo


*Thank you to everyone who BigBen7website@gmail.com“>emailed, posted to Facebook and tweeted!! And a special thank you to Kristina Gillespie, Marcia Watts, Eric Kingma, Wolf James, Kevin Davis, Larry Ruiz and Donna Tyson for sharing the photos! Steeler Nation is THE BEST!


AFC Championship Game: Patriots 36, Steelers 17

January 22nd, 2017 by

“Only one team is gonna finish the season the way they want to & it’s not us this year. I told the guys afterwards, I’m proud of them…it’s disappointing we couldn’t get this one for Mr. (Dan) Rooney. I really wanted to do it for him.”— Ben, after the game.



More tomorrow!

The Secret Service has nothing on Ben’s O-line!

January 20th, 2017 by

The line of Marcus Gilbert, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster and Alejandro Villanueva, have been Roethlisberger’s ‘body guards’ on the field, allowing just 17 sacks, the fewest in Roethlisberger’s 13-year career and the reason he is feeling good heading into the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.


More from Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

012017Ben Roethlisberger has said it time and time again. It’s no secret. It’s one of the things he says more than anything.

While many lump praise on Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown for the success the Steelers’ offense has had this season, Roethlisberger quickly points out whenever he can that it all starts up front with the play of the offensive line.

“I feel good,” said Roethlisberger. “I think it’s because of how well the line has played. By far the fewest sacks I have ever taken in a year. I think we ended up number two in the league in least amount of sacks. That just speaks for those guys and their determination, how good they want to be and how great they really are.”

Roethlisberger said one of the reasons the Steelers not only run the ball so well, but so often, is because it’s what the line loves to do and they are always asking for more running plays.

“We are going to call plays that are successful,” said Roethlisberger. “If we are running the ball and doing it well, we are going to keep calling it. There have been times this year that they’re asking for, let’s go do this, and I’ll go tell Coach (Todd) Haley they want this, the line wants this, let’s do it. A lot of times it’s run plays. They want to pound people and get up there and maul people. When they ask for something, we strongly consider it.”

Pouncey and DeCastro were both Pro Bowl selections this season, which should come as no surprise, but Gilbert is one who despite the incredible season he has had, has flown under the radar somewhat. His play has been beyond solid, and he has played through a myriad of bumps and bruises.

“When you see him out at practice he looks kind of like RoboCop,” said Roethlisberger. “He’s got his hand bandaged up, elbows, knees, ankles. He’s a banged up guy but he is playing through it all. He fights through it all.

“His heart and determination speaks volumes for what that whole group does. He wants to be out there with the rest of the guys. It’s almost like if one of them is not out there, they are the outcast for the week. He is one piece of that cog, that puzzle that is up front that is special. That whole group is the reason we have the success that we do.”


You can read & hear more from Ben here.



Also Today…


Ben Roethlisberger is ‘equal-opportunity QB’ with Steelers role players


From Jeremy Fowler, ESPN.com:

012017_1Eli Rogers spent 15 to 20 minutes on the Jugs machine after Friday’s practice. The Steelers slot receiver knows the spotlight will be on all of the receivers on Sunday night in New England, and he wants his hands ready.

“They talk about the big three, and rightfully so,” said Rogers of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell. “But a lot of plays will be made. We’ll be ready.”

The Steelers know what to expect from Brown and Bell each week. The rest of the Steelers’ passing game can be an adventure. Tight end Ladarius Green might play but is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol. That leaves Rogers, tight ends Jesse James and Xavier Grimble, and wide receivers Cobi Hamilton, Sammie Coates, Demarcus Ayers and Darrius Heyward-Bey, all of whom have had their bright moments but aren’t stretching the field each week.

Rogers is the only player from that group to finish the year with more than 40 catches, but James is perking up, catching five passes for 83 yards in Kansas City last week. The Chiefs left him curiously open, and he took advantage of it.

Why does Rogers feel so hopeful about this matchup? He feels encouraged in part by Friday’s practice. Rogers — whose 48 catches for 594 yards are third on the team — said Big Ben spread the ball around.

Brown will get his, but the Steelers know if they get open, Roethlisberger will hit them, whether they are stars or role players.

“He’s an equal-opportunity quarterback,” Rogers said.

Roethlisberger listed several of his receivers by name when asked about his playmakers outside of the big three, including one-catch Cobi — that’s not Hamilton’s nickname, but it might as well be, as Roethlisberger said he makes one important catch each week.

Hamilton has caught exactly one pass in five of the last six games, including multiple third-down snags.

Hamilton laughed off the one-catch remark, then added, “We’re all No. 2s [this week].”


You can read more from Mr. Fowler here.


“PRIDE RUNS DEEP”

January 19th, 2017 by

Received an awesome email this evening to share with the Steelers & Steeler Nation –

Erin,

Please find attached a picture of the USS PITTSBURGH SSN-720 Crew, over in Crete, holding 100 terrible towels and rooting for the Steelers. The submarine veterans of the Requin Base, here in Pittsburgh, sent them the towels.

PRIDE RUNS DEEP:

Huey Dietrich – Commander, Requin Base


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“We are about halfway through our deployment and things are great here! We got an unexpected trip to Souda Bay in Crete and had an opportunity to take a picture with the towels.”

LCDR David Nichols
Executive Officer
USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720)


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*Thank you so much Commander Dietrich and the brave crew of the USS Pittsburgh SS-720 (and LCDR Nichols, the pictures turned out just fine!!).


You can see larger versions of the photos here.


Wednesday: Ben’s Q&A with the media

January 18th, 2017 by

“Shoot, you get a chance to play in the AFC Championship Game, it’s always gratifying, no matter who you are playing. Like I said, it’s an awesome challenge that we get to go play [the Patriots], kind of ‘the team’ to beat.” — Ben.



Recap from Teresa Varley, at Steelers.com:

BenBradyBen Roethlisberger remembers his rookie year in 2004, when cornerback Chad Scott spoke to the players about how special it is to play in an AFC Championship Game. He told them it’s not easy to get there, and it’s something you have to appreciate.

Roethlisberger said he took it in, but after playing in the game in 2004, and then winning Super Bowl XL in 2005, thought maybe it isn’t that hard.

But after not being to the Super Bowl since the 2010 season, and not winning one since the 2008 season, Roethlisberger knows it’s not an easy thing and he is now sharing that with the team’s younger players.

“Chad Scott got up and spoke to the team, said just don’t take this for granted, how hard it is to get there, and those kind of things,” said Roethlisberger during the Steelers’ AFC Championship Game press conference at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Wednesday. “You hear it and the next year you go and win a Super Bowl and you think, maybe it’s not as hard as he talked about.

‘This moment’ that Roethlisberger refers to is Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. It will be the third time that the Steelers have played the Patriots in the championship game, and the second time it will be Ben Roethlisberger vs. Tom Brady in the AFC’s biggest game of the year.

While it’s a selling point for many, Roethlisberger knows it’s about more than the two quarterbacks.

“I think it’s two old guys playing this game for a long time,” said Roethlisberger. “That is what a lot of the talk is. He deserves all the credit that he gets. It’s bigger than the two of us. I know he is used to it.

“This is two football teams that have won championships that are going against each other. It’s more than just one man. We aren’t playing tennis. We are going out to play a football game with 11 guys at a time.

“At the quarterback position you get used to it. When you play games, you hear a lot of talk about quarterback vs. quarterback because that is the sexy way to talk about games. But I am sure if you ask him, he knows it’s way bigger than just the two of us.”

Roethlisberger, who earlier this year asked Brady for his jersey, and got it, said he did so because he considers him one of the best, ‘if not the best’ of all time. He also has the same kind of respect for the Patriots as a whole.

“They are the best in the world,” said Roethlisberger. “They are the gold standard if you will. You want the opportunity to go up and play the best. It will be an awesome challenge for us.”


You can read more from Ms. Varley’s recap & listen to Ben’s interview for yourself here.


It’s a Warrior Wednesday – AFC Championship Edition

January 18th, 2017 by

From SPC Shane Luba:

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“We are an Army National Guard unit out of Pennsylvania deployed overseas. We are all huge Pittsburgh fans no matter what sport. We all bleed black and gold, and are really excited to see another Pittsburgh team battling for the Championship. We got to watch the Pens win the Stanley Cup, and now it’s the Steelers turn. I know we are all excited to get back home to our families and friends, and of course go to every home game we can next season. But, before we can do that we have to celebrate another Steelers Super Bowl win this year away from home! Good luck to Big Ben and the team!”


In the photo left to right: SPC Shane Luba, SPC Allen Hamlin, in the back in CPL Wesley Kronk, and SPC Chris Lang.


Gentlemen, thank you for sending this great photo!! Stay safe and thank you for keeping us safe!


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

January 17th, 2017 by

From Ben’s radio show this morning on 93.7 The Fan:

011717The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Chiefs last week 18-16 to advance to the AFC Championship game, but it was a postgame locker room video shot by Antonio Brown that has grabbed the headlines.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joined The Cook and Poni Show for his weekly spot on the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show and shared with the guys his thoughts on Brown doing a Facebook Live video of the post game message from head coach Mike Tomlin.

“It’s an unfortunate situation that we’ve got to deal with right now,” Ben told us. “That’s a sacred place where things are said and hugs and tears, and it’s kind of a special place. So a little disappointed with AB for that. Coach talks and then I talk, and you just don’t want everyone to know what’s going on in there with the family. And also, I wish AB would have been listening to Coach and myself instead of being on the other side of the locker room filming.”

Ben went on to say that he’ll talk to Brown, but it won’t be a big deal.

“I’ll talk to AB, but like I said, it’s not like it needs to be addressed in front of the team by me or anything, that’s coach’s job. He’s the boss, he’ll address it however he feels appropriate. It’ll be water under the bridge here for me right now as soon as we’re done talking about it.”

Looking at what took place on the field last week, Ben talked about his 20 of 31 performance for 224 yards and no touchdowns and how he thought the offense performance as a unit.

“I thought we did a really good job,” Ben said. “I thought we moved the ball, we converted third downs, we ran the ball well, we threw the ball well, we executed the no-huddle in one of the loudest, if not the loudest, environments against a great defense and a great pass rush. I thought we did a really good job doing all those things. Obviously we got in the red zone and they really buckled down.”

011717_1Now looking ahead to next week in the AFC Championship game, Ben discussed what it’s like facing a Bill Belichick defense.

“It’s tough. It’s just like playing a Bill Belichick team. His hand prints, his fingerprints, are all over that whole team, all three phases. They often out-coach their opponents. When you’re playing a defense like that, you have to be prepared for everything.”

All that being said, Ben was asked if fans should feel good about their teams chances of having to get through the Patriots at Foxborough.

“It’s not an easy place to play and, like I said, you’ve got one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game and probably one of the best coaches to ever coach the game, that’s a tough recipe to go into an away environment and beat.” Ben added that “to get where we want to go, we have to go into the lions den and slay the dragon.”

Ben reflected on his own team though and, having seen what it takes to win a Super Bowl, if they possess the “it” factor it takes to win it all.

“I think this team has confidence, its got a group of young guys that are playing well, its got some veteran guys that have been-there-kind-of-done-that type thing. It’s a fun team, I’ve enjoyed being around this team. Like you’ve said, we’ve had our ups and our downs, but we’ve been able to persevere.”


You can listen to Ben’s show here.


AFC Divisional Round Game: Steelers 18, Chiefs 16

January 16th, 2017 by

“We called a play to get some crossing stuff, and they did a good job getting me out of the pocket, so was just kinda trying to keep the play alive. I knew AB was coming across the field, and I think it was Houston that dropped underneath him and AB went behind him. Really, it was about letting him clear and just putting the ball on him and just let him make the play. I’m sure that play won’t make SportsCenter or make all of the highlights, but talk to the guys in that locker room and that was probably one of the biggest plays of the game.” — Ben, on the play to end the game.



From Jeremy Fowler, ESPN.com:

011617newsBen Roethlisberger seemingly disappeared in the Arrowhead fog as he rolled to his right with two Chiefs defenders surging. His favorite target, Antonio Brown, burst from the left side of the formation into a juke-filled crossing route, and into the Kansas City night.

Big Ben. On the run. Strike. Ballgame. 18-16 Steelers.

The throw on third-and-4 with 2 minutes left, the Kansas City Chiefs out of timeouts, sealed the AFC divisional playoff but also stayed true to the Steelers’ entire evening, or the last two months.

They took blow after blow but never broke.

“This team is strong,” said center Maurkice Pouncey of the Steelers, winners of nine straight.

The Steelers were practically allergic to touchdowns Sunday, powered by Chris Boswell’s leg in an MVP performance for kickers. His six field goals set a postseason record.

The Chiefs kept coming in the fourth quarter, driving 75 yards for a touchdown over more than seven minutes of game clock.

Then the defense stood up like it had all game.

With the Chiefs lined up for a two-point conversion to tie the game, the Steelers showed a resolve that drove them the past two months. James Harrison, doing the unthinkable at age 38 with a sack and many other pressures Sunday, beat Eric Fisher off the edge once again, drawing a holding penalty to negate a two-point score. Then, safety Sean Davis — the culprit on a helmet shot on receiver Chris Conley to keep a tired Steelers defense on the field — soared over the middle of the field to knock down an Alex Smith pass in the back of the end zone.

This was a grind-it-out win all the way, with Le’Veon Bell running wild for 170 yards and Harrison’s defense turning a hot Chiefs offense lukewarm.

The Steelers’ offense resided in scoring territory all night, reaching the red zone four times and the Chiefs’ 25-yard line or closer seven times thanks to a nearly 400-yard attack. It scored no touchdowns on those drives despite another dominant day from Bell. The Chiefs’ red zone defense was tremendous and the Steelers couldn’t beat it.

So the Steelers went pure survival mode, methodically moving downfield for 3s and letting the defense do the rest.

Roethlisberger said offensive coordinator Todd Haley asked him which play he liked, so the quarterback mentioned a crossing route they hadn’t run all game. Brown went behind linebacker Justin Houston and Roethlisberger put it on him.

“You want the ball in your hands,” Roethlisberger said. “I love that situation.”

On that fourth-quarter drive, the Chiefs had as many fourth-down conversions as they did third-down conversions Sunday (two). Everything happened on that drive, from broken plays to helmet shots to several goal-line stands.

“There are a lot of things to do to be successful against them.They are the best in the world for a reason. We’ve got to score points, can’t turn the ball over.” — Ben, on the Patriots.



But the Steelers seem to understand what it takes to win in January. The defensive game plan was to limit Tyreek Hill (45 total yards), then apply enough pressure on Alex Smith that he couldn’t find tight end Travis Kelce (five catches, 77 yards).

“It was a big focus trying to prevent their playmakers from making plays and just keeping them contained,” said linebacker Bud Dupree, whose hit on Smith in the first half caused a Ryan Shazier interception.

This game was eerily similar to their Week 15 win in Cincinnati, with Boswell also connecting on six field goals.

And now it’s on to New England.

“These are the two best teams in the AFC,” said Bell about the Steelers and Patriots for the AFC title. “It should be a showdown.”


More from Mr. Fowler here.

You can watch Ben’s post-game interview here.


*The Steelers will play the New England Patriots on Sunday, January 22nd at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 6:40 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on CBS (KDKA-TV).


From the NFL & the Steelers…

January 13th, 2017 by

NFL STATEMENT –

Due to public safety concerns in light of the forecasted storm this weekend in the Kansas City area, Sunday’s Steelers-Chiefs Divisional Playoff game on NBC has been moved to 8:20 p.m. ET.

Moving the game from the original 1:05 p.m. ET start time will provide local authorities more time to clear roads in the area as the weather is expected to improve throughout Sunday.

The decision to make this time change was made in consultation with state and local officials as well as the Chiefs and the Steelers.



From the Steelers:

The NFL issued the above statement regarding kickoff time for the Steelers-Chiefs Divisional Round Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 15. The time has been changed by the NFL from 1:05 p.m. ET to 8:20 p.m. ET because of dangerous conditions that are expected due to Winter Storm Jupiter.

The game will still be televised on NBC (WPXI, Channel 11 locally).

The storm is expected to cut through the Midwest, bringing ice to the Kansas City area.

This will be the Steelers fourth time playing in primetime this year, the three previous ones victories (Washington, Kansas City and Indianapolis).

This isn’t the first time that weather has had an impact on the Steelers.

In 2004, Ben Roethlisberger’s first NFL start was delayed after a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Miami Dolphins was changed to 8:30 p.m. because of Hurricane Jeanne.

While the hurricane moved out by game time, the bad weather didn’t as a tropical depression brought rain, wind, and muddy conditions to Pro Player Stadium.

The Steelers won the game 13-3, and survived not just the Dolphins, but also Mother Nature.

The Steelers had to adapt their travel plans because of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 in advance of their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. After the New York/New Jersey area was devastated by the storm, the Steelers changed their travel plans, arriving the day of the game as opposed to the normal day before, for the 4:25 p.m. kickoff. The Steelers won the game, 24-20.


Wednesday: Ben’s Q&A with the media

January 11th, 2017 by

Recap by Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

011117_1Last week against the Dolphins Ben Roethlisberger’s stats weren’t the best of his career, completing 13 passes for 197 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

But the only statistic that mattered was the final score, a 30-12 win in the Wild Card Round.

“Winning. That’s all that matters,” said Roethlisberger. “Last week wasn’t great statistic-wise, but we won the game. That is all that matters. Winning, that’s all that matters to me.”

Roethlisberger is taking the same approach this week as the team prepares to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a Divisional Round Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The Steelers beat the Chiefs, 43-14, in Week 4 of the season, but that game is in the rearview mirror for Roethlisberger.

“You have to throw that out. It’s the playoffs,” said Roethlisberger. “Everybody wants to win this game. Everybody wants to go get it done. We will look at that tape, but it was early in the season. That was a long time ago we played each other. We are both different teams now and this is the playoffs.”

The one thing the Steelers will be looking for on Sunday will be the continued balance they have had offensively. While Roethlisberger’s final stats might not jump out, he did open the game completing 11-of-11 passes, including two touchdown bombs to Antonio Brown, one for 50 yards, the other for 62 yards. Then on the next drive Le’Veon Bell ran the ball 10 times for 83 yards, including a one-yard touchdown.

“That is what we have always said coming in to every year, we want to be a balanced offense,” said Roethlisberger. “That is what makes you most dangerous, when you can do a little bit of everything to win a football game. That is what it takes, guys being unselfish, whether it’s a receiver, running back, linemen, or quarterback. Whatever it is, whatever we have to do to win a football game. If everybody is on, we can be pretty good.”


You can read more here, and watch video of Ben’s interview here.


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2016 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/12 @ Redskins Win: 38-16
9/18 Bengals Win: 24-16
9/25 @ Eagles Loss: 34-3
10/2 Chiefs Win: 43-14
10/9 Jets Win: 31-13
10/16 @ Dolphins Loss: 30-15
10/23 Patriots Loss: 27-16
10/30 BYE Week N/A
11/6 @ Ravens Loss: 21-14
11/13 Cowboys Loss: 35-30
11/20 @ Browns Win: 24-9
11/24 @ Colts Win: 28-7
12/4 Giants Win: 24-14
12/11 @ Bills Win: 27-20
12/18 @ Bengals Win: 24-20
12/25 Ravens Win: 31-27
1/1 Browns Win: 27-24