There have been times over the past three games that Roethlisberger's arm didn't appear as strong as usual and he was badly off on throws he typically makes. But there also are examples he was the same old Big Ben.
"The only reason we're in that game is because of his play," safety Ryan Clark said. "The only reason he had an opportunity to throw an interception at the critical moment is because he played so well to keep us close."
Still, Roethlisberger has largely built his career not on eye-popping numbers but on clutch play.
When asked about why this season has been so much different, Wallace shrugs and maintains that Roethlisberger is the same at practice and in the huddle.
"You can't be perfect every time," Wallace said. "You can't be a superhero every time."
Maybe, but Roethlisberger was far from it late in this season — and as a result, the Steelers will spend January at home.
"I not worried about Ben," Miller said. "He's one of the best quarterbacks in the league — in my mind, he's still there. And I wouldn't want anybody else to be leading this team."
Notes: The Steelers placed Miller, CB Ike Taylor and RB Baron Batch on injured reserve Wednesday and signed TE Jamie McCoy, S Damon Cromartie-Smith and LB Marshall McFadden to the active roster. Miller, who tore knee ligaments Sunday, will have surgery Wednesday.
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