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Roethlisberger named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t slated to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers at quarterback against the Cleveland Browns in Week 10. After Landry Jones suffered an ankle injury, Roethlisberger, who was dealing with a foot injury himself, entered the game as what Jones called possibly the most expensive backup quarterback in the league.

Roethlisberger came in and completed 22-of-33 passes for 379 yards, setting a single-game NFL record for most passing yards by a non-starting quarterback. With three touchdowns, Roethlisberger finished with a passer rating of 123.2 in his 41st career 300-yard regular season game.

It was the 32nd time Roethlisberger had thrown at least three touchdowns in a regular season contest; the 36th straight game he threw at least one touchdown pass. That number is the second-longest streak among active players and fourth-longest in NFL history. His three passing touchdowns also tied him for the 14th-most passing touchdowns in league history.

For his performance, Roethlisberger was an easy choice for AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

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