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Big Ben adds to his legacy

There's plenty to remember from Thursday night's 13-10 overtime win by the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Tennessee Titans.

There was Troy Polamalu's one-handed interception.

There was Polamalu's missile-like tackle of Titans running back Chris Johnson.

There was that knee injury Polamalu suffered, too.

That's a lot of Polamalu in a short amount of time.

But what stands out is what quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did in crunch time.

Roethlisberger put the offense on his shoulders and came through when the team needed him.

When the Steelers needed a drive to tie the game, Roethlisberger got it done.

When the Steelers were driving to score the winning touchdown at the end of regulation, Roethlisberger got it done. (Don't worry about Hines Ward's fumble, he'll be fine,)

And when the Steelers won the coin toss to start overtime and needed to score, Roethlisberger got it done.

Big Ben finished the night 33-for-43 with 363 yards passing. He had one touchdown pass, a beauty to Santonio Holmes and two interceptions, although one pick was at the end of the half.

How good was Roethlisberger when it mattered the most?

It the fourth quarter and overtime, he was 16-for-18 passing.

Not too shabby at all.

In a night where there was plenty highlights, Roethlisberger reinforced that last year was no fluke and he's one of the best quarterbacks in the league in crunch time.


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