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Ben Roethlisberger: Biggest Plays and Moments in the Pittsburgh Steelers' Quarterback's Hall of Fame Career

Quarterback Rankings Week 8: Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retired on Thursday, ending an 18-year career in the NFL. The Miami (Ohio) product is a sure-fire Hall of Famer, as he finished his career in the Steel City with two Super Bowl titles, 64,088 passing yards, 418 touchdown passes, and 165 overall victories.

The quest to find Roethlisberger's replacement in Pittsburgh will begin later this offseason. But with Roethlisberger officially announcing his retirement, let's look back at some of the top moments in his career with the Steelers.

Ben Roethlisberger: Biggest Plays and Moments in the Pittsburgh Steelers' Quarterback's Hall of Fame Career

2005 Season: AFC Divisional Round 
The Steelers were trying to finish off a victory against the Colts, but running back Jerome Bettis fumbled at the goal line. However, Roethlisberger tackled Nick Harper, preventing the Colts defender from scoring a go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes remaining. Indianapolis moved into field goal territory, but Mike Vanderjagt missed to send Pittsburgh to the AFC Championship Game (and eventually a Super Bowl win). 

2005 Season: Super Bowl XL
The Steelers won their fifth Super Bowl in franchise history with a 21-10 victory over Seattle. Roethlisberger completed only nine of 21 throws but added 25 yards and a rushing score to help lift Pittsburgh to the Lombardi Trophy.

2008 Season: Super Bowl XLIII
The Steelers trailed 23-20 against Arizona with just over two minutes remaining to decide Super Bowl XLIII. But Roethlisberger directed Pittsburgh on an eight-play drive that went 78 yards, capped by this six-yard touchdown to Santonio Holmes to give Pittsburgh a 27-23 victory and another Lombardi Trophy.

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2009 Season: Week 15 Versus Green Bay
The Steelers needed to beat Green Bay in Week 15 to keep their playoff hopes alive. On the final snap, Roethlisberger connected with Mike Wallace for the game-winning score and a 37-36 victory over the Packers.

2010 Season: AFC Divisional Round Versus Baltimore
With a trip to the AFC Championship Game on the line, Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown on a 58-yard bomb on third-and-19. The pass put the Steelers into position for the game-winning score and a victory over the archrival Ravens.

Bonus: 2021 Season: The Curtain Call at Heinz Field
In Roethlisberger's final game at Heinz Field, the Steelers quarterback went out on a high note. Pittsburgh defeated rival Cleveland 26-14, with Roethlisberger throwing for 123 yards and a touchdown on 24 completions.

Bonus: 2021 Season Part II: The Drive to Beat Baltimore and Earn a Wild Card
The NFL's final Sunday of regular-season action during the 2021 campaign produced its share of drama. Jacksonville upset Indianapolis, which allowed the Steelers to get into the playoffs with a win and no tie in the Raiders-Chargers game later that night. Roethlisberger guided Pittsburgh on a 15-play, 65-yard drive to get kicker Chris Boswell into range for the game-winning score in overtime.