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Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 12:25 pm
Roethlisberger was limited by a bum ankle but it may not have mattered against San Fran's stifling defense. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Growing up, Ben Roethlisberger was a huge Joe Montana fan. Late Monday night, after Pittsburgh was throttled by San Francisco thanks in part to Big Ben's four turnovers, he called himself "probably the best 49ers player tonight."

Realistically, that honor falls to either Aldon or Justin Smith, but we take your point, Ben.

As's Clark Judge wrote early Tuesday morning, Roethlisberger was playing on a bad wheel. He suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Browns in Week 14 and he spent much of the week hobbling around in a walking boot. Still, Roethlisberger, who ended the evening 25 of 44 for 330 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble, took responsibility for his performance.

“I’m not going to make excuses," he said, according to Rapid Reporter Michael Erler. I played a bad football game, turned it over, and that’s on me. Everyone goes out and plays with injuries and I’m no different from anyone else. I was going to play even if I was five percent; I don’t care. …

"It’s very frustrating. You feel like you let down your team, your fans and your coaches. It’s tough. They’re a good football team, they flat out beat us and I need to be a lot better.”

The 49ers rode their top-ranked run defense once again to beat ailing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-3 on Monday night.

Big Ben also said that he didn't take a pain-killing injection before the game even though high-ankle sprains can take several weeks to heal.

“We heard that [ESPN analyst] Steve Young and those guys said pregame, ‘Oh, he’ll go shoot it up,’ ” Roethlisberger said via's Alex Marvez. “No, we don’t do that. [Steelers trainers] would never put me out there and endanger me or anybody on this team to do that. I just think it’s silly that they assume that’s what you’ve got to do. Obviously, we could have done that and it would have helped a lot. But that’s kind of crazy to do and take that chance because you can further injure yourself.”

Roethlisberger risked further injury when refused to come out of the game late in the fourth quarter with the outcome decided. Judge rightly wondered why the Steelers would potentially jeopardize the rest of their season.

"When coach tried to get me out, I said, 'No, I'm not putting you in that situation," Roethlisberger said. "And I'm not quitting on our guys. I started this thing. I'm going to finish it.' "

“My hat goes off to Roethlisberger,” 49ers defensive end Justin Smith said on ESPN after the game. “Him playing, hobbled up back there, he wouldn’t come out.”

So we again have confirmation: Roethlisberger is tough. Now he needs to get healthy because it looks like the Steelers are headed for the wild card and a first-round meeting with the Denver Broncos.

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Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:22 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Good luck versus cinch......... "WE"will be rootin for ya!! Not

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 7:16 am

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

And on top of that "I" don't play for either team and "I" haven't won any Super Bowls. You've, us.. wait a minute is this James Harrison? You silly bastard, you got nothing better to do with your down time. I knew there was something behind that we won this and that talk.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 7:12 am

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

I guess that since Baltimore has beaten the Pitts 2 times already, there is no way that can happen three times...

Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:09 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

You realize when I say "BIG" games I mean post-season games. Remind me again how well the Ravens do against the Steelers in the playoffs? If you don't know, then let me remind you how many times you've beaten us in the playoffs.......NEVER!   

Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:57 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Yeah it gets kind of old going to Super bowls all the time. Maybe us pittburghers should move to Baltimore! We wouldn't have to worry about our team winning any BIG games then........and you're right, the employment rate is higher!

I mean many rings do we need to win?    

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:13 am

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

You probably have plenty of time on your hands to see parades and floats in that city... Ohhhh that is why they win so much, to keep the moral up due to the unemployment rate...

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:10 am

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Umm, truami, you gotta be kidding me! After 12 years that is the most originality that the dumbasses on hear have against RL. 24/7. Really? Trust me still till this day.

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 7:39 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

I'm a huge 49er fan...have been since '77 when I was born.  I've lived through the glory years and I've drank through the last 10 years because we have run some embarrassing teams out there lately.  Big Ben is a freaking stud and he stood in there like a man and took Aldon & Justin Smith hitting him all night long.  All of the off the field stuff is for off the field...but last night I found a whole new respect for Big Ben.  I don't think he was trying to take anything away from SF's performance.  I was so proud of those guys last night...and to do it without Patrick Willis?  Amazing.

These are 2 of the best franchises in NFL history tallying 11 of the 45 Super Bowl titles between them.  Pittsburgh has held up their end of the bargin the last decade...I'm just glad San Francisco is knocking on the door again.  Here's to these 2 teams meeting in the Super Bowl 100% healthy.  What a game that would be!

Congrats Niner looks like we are back!  And I questioned picking Aldon Smith with the 7th pick in the draft last year.  Probably why I am a fan, and not an NFL scout Tongue out

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 7:37 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

not even close to being the best 49er. They would have beat roethlisberger @#$ with 2 good legs. not sayen he shouldnt have started. he's better with 1 leg then their #2 and 3. Just wasnt going to happen for pit last night. 49ers are rolling and im loving every minute of it!!!!!

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 7:35 pm

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Rapistberger should not give himself that much credit!!!!!  Squeelers will lose in the wild card round

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