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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