With an acute understanding of how their journey defied all odds Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wholeheartedly admits that his team deserves utmost praise for earning a place in the playoffs. In light of narrowly edging out their competition this season. They now gear up to confront their formidable adversaries – none other than the No.2 seed: Kansas City Chiefs. From experience, the veteran quarterback understands anything is possible once you reach the playoffs.
"We don’t have a chance, so let’s just go in and have fun."
—Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers' playoff game vs. the Chiefs
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 12, 2022
“I think we all know we’re not expected to be here. We’re not a great football team, probably the weakest among the 14 teams. We’re massive underdogs, facing the top-ranked team in the AFC, who’s been dominating the league. We don’t stand a chance. So, let’s just go out there, enjoy the game, and have fun,” said Roethlisberger.
Pittsburgh Steelers are embracing the underdog narrative
The Steelers are 12.5-point underdogs going into Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are possibly the best team in football right now. Not to mention, they have played in the last two Super Bowls winning one and losing the other. The Chiefs clinched the playoffs three weeks ago, ironically, when they beat the Steelers, 36-10, in week 16.
In order for the Steelers to even make the playoffs seemed like a long shot. They had to beat the Baltimore Ravens in the final game of the season and hope the Indianapolis Colts lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars. They also needed the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders game to not end in a tie just to make the playoffs.
The Steelers had to be blessed by an angel that day. In the last seconds of the Raiders and Chargers game, it seemed very close to ending in a tie. However, within the last second of overtime, Raiders kicker Daniel Carson sealed the win and kept the playoff hopes of the Steelers alive.
I promise you, Sunday night was the only time you will ever see Ben Roethlisberger do this. pic.twitter.com/7LQhknxn2q
— Bart Millard (@BartMillard) January 12, 2022
“I should have gone to bed instead of staying up stressed,” Roethlisberger admitted. “But it was such a wild game. The ending was insane. You start the evening full of excitement about making it in, then your hopes start fading for a moment. And then, during the final drive, you actually believe they might play for a tie.”
Does this 2021 season Steelers’ team remind people of the 2005 Steelers’ team?
Now that Steelers are officially in the postseason, many fans are looking for any hope to grab onto to help elevate this playoff run. Fans have compared this Steelers team to the 2005 Super Bowl-winning Steelers team. The 2005 Steelers was a No. 6 seed and rode a wave of momentum with star running back Jerome “Bus” Bettis carrying them to a Super Bowl win before he retired.
“However, I don’t want to take anything away from this team, but that was a pretty good football team,” Roethlisberger said. “We had Hall of Famers on it and stuff. Not that we don’t have some really good football players here. We have a long way to go to compare ourselves to that team, in my opinion.”