Headed into the game against Kansas City, I personally thought that the Steelers were in the midst of a special run. Coming off a signature win against the Giants, Pittsburgh was converting over 50 percent of their third downs and was dominating their opponents in time of possession. Bleacher Report’s own Michael Schottey suggested at the time that Kansas City’s best hope of victory might be divine intervention.
Steelers fans know the next part of the story well.
Big Ben got crunched, and the circus that was the Steelers' backup quarterback situation took center stage. Apart from one unbelievable touchdown run from Byron Leftwich (literally difficult to believe) and one magical half of football from Charlie Batch, the abominable play from the quarterback position threw a wet blanket on all of the momentum that the team had generated.
When Roethlisberger returned, he was not the same player that had been playing at an MVP level. That was to be expected. However, Steelers fans found themselves in the unfamiliar position of watching their best offensive player suddenly become a liability. He was absolutely not at his best, doubling his season interception total by throwing four in the final four games.
At the defining point of the season, Roethlisberger tipped the scales too many times in the other teams’ favor.