PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) Big Ben came up clutch again and this time, he saved his best pass for last.
In the fourth quarter, facing a third-and-6 from the Jets’ 40-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger rolled to the right and hit Antonio Brown for a 14-yard gain. The play came with less than two minutes left to seal the 24-19 victory.
After the game, Roethlisberger said, “That’s us. It’s not always pretty, but somehow we find a way to get it done.”
Roethlisberger was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
His season will now end in Dallas at Super Bowl XLV.
Roethlisberger finished Sunday night going 10 of 19 for 133 yards and two interceptions. He also ran the ball for 21 yards and a touchdown.
With a 24-3 lead at halftime, the Jets’ defense was able to stop the Steelers’ offense from scoring in the second half.
In addition, the Jets rallied with two touchdowns and a safety in the second half.
However, the rally was cut short and Roethlisberger took control of the game. On the game’s final drive, he connected with Heath Miller for a first down on a 14-yard completion on second-and-9.
“They were stacked against the run. We knew if we ran the ball three times, it was going to be tough sledding to get 10 yards and get a first down,” Miller said.
The Steelers gained just four yards on the next two plays, which were both runs. Then, Roethlisberger’s last pass turned out to be the most important of the night.
Roethlisberger is now 10-2 in the postseason and the Steelers are headed to their third Super Bowl in the last six seasons.