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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire)
September 13th, 2021
*This article has since been updated to reflect Ben Roethlisberger's record against each NFL team as of Jan. 16, 2022.
At age 39, Ben Roethlisberger will attempt to carry his Pittsburgh Steelers on a deep postseason run, in what will likely be the final season of his 18-year career.
A two-time Super Bowl champion, Roethlisberger already has an accomplished résumé. In his first NFL season, he claimed Offensive Rookie of the Year (2004). He has also twice led the NFL in passing (2014, 2018) and ranks sixth all time in passes completed and passing yards, as well as eighth in passing touchdowns.
Roethlisberger has a 161-79-1 record in the regular season and a 13-9 record in postseason play.
Let’s break down Roethlisberger's wins and losses further, by looking at his record against every NFL team in the regular season and postseason.
On Feb. 1, 2009, Roethlisberger led the Steelers to their second NFL championship in four seasons, after they defeated Arizona, 27-23, in Super Bowl XLIII.
With the Steelers down 23-20, with less than a minute remaining in regulation, Roethlisberger connected on a game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes. Roethlisberger finished with 256 yards, a touchdown pass, and one interception. Holmes had nine catches for 131 yards and earned Super Bowl MVP.
"Big Ben" has dominated the AFC North throughout his career, with a winning record against all three of his division opponents.
Cleveland has fared the worst, with just two victories (2009, 2014) in 28 matchups against Roethlisberger. One of those games ended in a tie in 2018.
In the 2020 Wild Card Round, the Browns had the last laugh, as they upset the No. 3 Steelers, 48-37, to earn their first playoff win since 1994.
Roethlisberger is 15-10 against Baltimore and 24-10 against Cincinnati in the regular season. He has also beaten both teams twice in the playoffs and fell once to Baltimore in the Wild Card Round during the 2014 season.
Roethlisberger has faced a different quarterback in each of his eight regular-season matchups against Denver and has won four. His losses occurred against Jake Plummer (2006), Jay Cutler (2007), Peyton Manning (2012), and Case Keenum (2018).
He won his first of three playoff games against Denver, in the 2006 AFC Championship Game, and lost his two most recent meetings (2011, 2015).
Roethlisberger is 3-1 against Green Bay in the regular season and has faced Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice.
Ben Roethlisberger vs the Packers (2017). Ben was on fire that night, completing 33/45 for 351 yards and 4 TDs. These throws are the definition of dropping one in the basket. Talk about pinpoint accuracy. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/LshsYZNxe5— Daniel Valente (@StatsGuyDaniel) May 6, 2020
Ben Roethlisberger vs the Packers (2017). Ben was on fire that night, completing 33/45 for 351 yards and 4 TDs. These throws are the definition of dropping one in the basket. Talk about pinpoint accuracy. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/LshsYZNxe5
He also met Rodgers in Super Bowl XLV, where the Packers edged Pittsburgh, 31-25.
Roethlisberger hasn't reached the Super Bowl since.
In addition to Roethlisberger's two losses to Peyton Manning's Broncos, Big Ben fell to the Colts twice when Manning was in Indianapolis.
Roethlisberger's only win against Manning came in 2006, when the Steelers defeated the Colts, 21-18, in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Since Manning left Indy in 2011, Roethlisberger has won his last six games against Indianapolis.
For whatever reason, Big Ben has struggled against the Raiders.
In eight meetings, he has suffered four three-point losses, one seven-point setback, and a nine-point defeat. Raiders quarterbacks who have bested Roethlisberger include Andrew Walter, Bruce Gradkowski, Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor, and Derek Carr.
Roethlisberger also experienced one of his worst performances of his career in his first matchup with the Raiders. In 2006, he completed 25 of his 37 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted four times in a 20-13 defeat.
Big Ben has lost nine times against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, including twice in the AFC Championship Game (2005, 2017).
Tom Brady vs Ben Roethlisberger by the numbers 📈📊 pic.twitter.com/33jHB1XSWM— NBC Sports Boston's Patriots Coverage (@NBCSPatriots) September 4, 2019
Tom Brady vs Ben Roethlisberger by the numbers 📈📊 pic.twitter.com/33jHB1XSWM
The Steelers gunslinger has defeated Brady just three times, and took down New England in 2008, when Matt Cassel was New England's starter.
Roethlisberger has yet to face Brady with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As for Roethlisberger's record against Drew Brees, he has managed to defeat the Saints QB once in four tries. In their first showdown (2006), Roethlisberger won, 38-31, at Heinz Field, in a three-touchdown outing.
One of Big Ben's biggest games was also one of his worst.
In 2006, he squared off with Seattle in Super Bowl XL, where the Steelers toppled the Seahawks, 21-10, despite a mundane performance from a 23-year-old Roethlisberger.
The second-year QB completed nine of his 21 passes for 123 yards, ran for one score, was intercepted twice, and failed to throw a touchdown pass.
Nonetheless, Roethlisberger is the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl and became the second-youngest QB to play in the championship game, behind Dan Marino.
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