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Player of the Week

Ben is Digest Player of the Week


The comeback was fashioned largely on the talents of his right arm, and then just when it seemed as though the Steelers were about to ice their biggest comeback victory since Oct. 5, 1997 in Baltimore against the Ravens, that same right arm pumped life into a Broncos offense that had been on life support through the whole second half with an ill-advised interception. But football being the ultimate team sport, the defense rose up and turned the ball back over on downs. And then when a situation arose when the Steelers were presented with a chance to clinch the victory, his right arm delivered one last play for his team.

Ben Roethlisberger finished 40-of-55 for 380 yards, with three touchdowns, two interceptions, and a rating of 94.5, and he was the offense on a day when the Steelers rushed for only 26 yards before kneel-down time. Roethlisberger's three touchdown passes came in a second half that had the Steelers erase a 27-13 halftime deficit, and then on a third-and-5 from the Pittsburgh 46-yard line with 90 seconds left Ben Roethlisberger delivered the dagger with a perfectly thrown sideline pass to Antonio Brown for 8 yards and the first down that sent the Steelers into victory formation on the way to a 34-27 win over the Denver Broncos.

Roethlisberger is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

Also considered were Antonio Brown, who caught 16 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns; Ryan Shazier, who had six tackles, an interception, and three passes defensed; Will Allen, who had six tackles, two passes defensed, and forced a fumble that Mike Mitchell recovered to set up a touchdown that staked the Steelers to a 7-0 lead; Martavis Bryant, who caught 10 passes for 87 yards; Markus Wheaton, who caught six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown; Will Gay, who had four tackles, and a pass defensed while also being in tight coverage on the third down and fourth down incomplete passes on Denver's final offensive possession; Cam Heyward, who had two tackles and a sack; Lawrence Timmons, who had six tackles and a sack; and Chris Boswell, who converted both of his field goal attempts – from 24 and 41 yards – to make him 26-for-28 on the season.

Game action as the Steelers hosted the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field.

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