Ben Says Final TD Run Was His Third Option

Roethlisberger also talks about the offenses slow start and strong defense

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November 20, 2018 - 11:39 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Ben Roethlisberger says his run into the end zone to clinch the game for the Steelers against Jacksonville on Sunday was the third option.

On the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger show Tuesday, the Steelers QB says that Antonio Brown was the primary target.

“The play was designed first and foremost for AB in the flat so it’s kind of a little roll out and he was covered and the second option is Vance (McDonald) on a little shovel. The (tight) end really kind of let me go and looked up the shovel, almost like they knew it was coming . . . so from there you don’t really have any other options except run it and there was kind of a little bit of a crease and I saw the end zone . . . so I said I’m just going to try and get there. “

Roethlisberger says he knew the football crossed the goal line but wasn’t sure about the rest of him.

“You’re never really sure about the back half of your body so I knew the ball was in, it was just a matter of everything else.

 While he isn’t sure of the stats, Roethlisberger believes he is running more than he has in previous seasons but the final run “was just heart and desire, wanting to get in.”

The Steelers offense started extremely slowly not being able to make much happen in the first half, not getting their first, first down until about the last 3 minutes of the half.

Roethlisberger says he doesn’t really have an answer for the slow start except that Jacksonville outplayed them early on.

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“It’s hard when you don’t get into a rhythm, when you’re not getting first downs, when you’re not staying on the field. For one you put your defense in a tough situation because they’re getting tired and two you’re not able to get anything going and we just couldn’t get it going. Not really sure why, it was just one of those days they had our number early.

Starting fast is something Roethlisberger says the Steelers want to do every game but more important than a fast start is a strong finish.

Bend but don’t break was the story of the Steelers defense on Sunday only allowing three field goals in the first half and Roethlisberger says he was impressed by their play.

“They fought their butts off and I told them at half time I kind of got down on our offense and praised our defense . . . in only giving up 3 points instead of 7 every time (Jacksonville) got down there. They gave us a chance to win that game so my hat goes off to our defense and the way they won that game for us.

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