Ben Roethlisberger Finished Final Home Game With Weird, Historic Stat Line That Is Perfectly Big Ben

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  • Ben Roethlisberger played what is expected to be his final game in front of a home crowd in Pittsburgh on Monday.
  • He did so in weird, wild and historic fashion, as only Big Ben can.
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Monday night’s win over Cleveland marked Ben Roethlisberger’s final regular season (likely final, period) game at Heinz Field. The 39-year-old is set to retire at the end of the year and finished his career at home with a historic, bizarre stat line that is so perfectly Big Ben.

After beating the Browns 26-14 to keep the Steelers’ playoff hopes alive, Roethlisberger made an emotional exit in front of a sold-out crowd in Pittsburgh. Emotions ran high for the man who spent the last 18 years with the organization.

When the clock hit zero, he made one final lap around the stadium, soaking in every moment.

His family even joined him on the field to celebrate the end to a two-time Super Bowl-winning career. The crowd, which has watched Roethlisberger secure himself a gold jacket over the last two decades, remained in their seats until he walked into the tunnel. It was a great send-off for a man who has meant a lot to the city.

During the game itself, Big Ben made history.

He finished 24-of-46 for 123 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The box score was a masterpiece, but it was also one-of-a-kind.

Roethlisberger threw for the fewest amount of yards of any quarterback with at least 45 passing attempts in a game, ever. Prior to his MNF win, the previous low came from Bruce Gradkowski, who attempted 48 passes for 139 yards.

In addition, Roethlisberger was historic with the win.

It marked the first time in NFL history that a quarterback attempted at least 40 passes, gained fewer than 150 yards, and won. Prior to Big Ben’s final home game, quarterbacks were 0-14 in that scenario.

The win was a perfect representation of Roethlisberger’s career— ugly as hell at times, but always, somehow, still alive.