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Ben: 'Winning...that's all that matters'

Posted Jan 11, 2017

Ben Roethlisberger said throw stats out the window when it comes to playoffs.

Last 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.”

And speaking of being on, Roethlisberger said the play of the team’s offensive line is what has led to the success he, Bell and Brown have had.

“They are the biggest component to this offense, maybe the team,” said Roethlisberger. “People can talk a lot about Le’Veon, AB and myself, but we are nothing without them. That whole group up front being healthy is key for us. They are the driving force for this team.”