4 things that stood out vs. Broncos

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Ben being Ben:** It means one thing and one thing only when you say Ben being Ben. It means wins. Ben Roethlisberger once again stood out for the Steelers, completing 40 passes for 380 yards and three touchdowns. Roethlisberger became the first quarterback to throw for 300 yards against the Broncos since Dec. 7, 2014. Roethlisberger also now hit the 250 completions mark in 2015, setting a Steelers record with five consecutive 250-completion seasons. He also has thrown a touchdown pass in 38 straight home games, the fourth-longest streak in NFL history and the second-longest active streak.

  • AB being AB: If Ben was Ben, then AB certainly was AB. Antonio Brown added to his amazing season with 16 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdown catches. He caught them in traffic, broke free of tackles, and just made the secondary pay time and time again. Brown hit the 110 reception mark, the second player in NFL history with three straight 110 catch seasons. Brown also went over 1,500 receiving yards, the first player in Steelers history to have back-to-back 1,500-yard seasons.

And just to add an exclamation point, Brown is the first player in the modern era of the NFL, since 1970, to have two 15-catch games in the same season. It's just AB being AB.

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Perfect timing:** Linebacker Ryan Shazier picked the perfect time to record his first NFL interception, picking off Brock Osweiler late in the game. The interception gave the Steelers the ball at the Broncos 37-yard line, and Roethlisberger and company capitalized with what would be the game-winning touchdown.

  • Tale of two halves: The defense stepped up huge in the second half, shutting down the Broncos offense. At halftime the Broncos were eight-for-eight on third down conversions, and Osweiler had 214 yards passing. The defense got stingy in the second half, allowing just 82 yards passing by Osweiler and the defense holding on third downs, allowing the Broncos to convert just one of nine in the second half.
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