After 18 years with two Super Bowl victories, Ben Roethlisberger played his last home game as the Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger played well enough to lead the Steelers to a 26-14 win over the Cleveland Browns at Monday Night Football to keep the team’s faint playoff hopes alive.
“Um, you know what, it’s funny because it probably wasn’t the way you wanted it to be except for the win,” said Roethlisberger, who held back the tears, to ESPN’s Lisa Salters after the game when asked, how his last game at Heinz Field went. “And that’s all that really matters. That’s kind of the story of my career. It’s not always nice, but we can find a way. Man, stepped up our defenses tonight and the guys, it was just so much fun being out here. They are the best sports fans and this is where you can play best. “
The win gave Roethlisberger a 92-32 all-time record with Heinz Field as the Steelers quarterback. Roethlisberger improved to 26-3-1 against the Browns, who overtook the native Findlay, Ohio, in the 2004 NFL Draft.
If the Steelers can win their season finale against the Ravens in Baltimore, there’s a slim chance Big Ben will get another playoff run.