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A HUGE gold star thank you goes out to Barry Blyler for generously contributing the 2014 season for the rest of us to enjoy. Kudos, Barry!


  
 2014 Regular Season 


2014 Steelers 30 vs Browns 27
Features Antonio Brown's famous "This is Sparta!" kung fu kick to the face of Browns Punter Spencer Lanning (play happens at the 42:50 mark with 8:40 left in the 2nd quarter). The Steelers overwhelm Cleveland early, jumping out to a 27-3 halftime lead as Roethlisberger throws for 365 yds (278 in the first half), LeVeon Bell gains 197 total yds and scores on an electrifying 38-yd TD run, and Antonio Brown catches 5 passes for 116 yds and a TD, a beautiful 35-yd improvisational rainbow from Ben. But the Steelers suffer a huge second half letdown, especially defensively. Cleveland goes no-huddle behind journeyman QB Brian Hoyer and shockingly ties the game at 27 early in the 4th quarter. But in the final minute of the game, Roethlisberger takes advantage of great field position to engineer a late drive, setting up Shaun Suisham's 41-yd FG to win it as time expires.



2014 Steelers 30 vs Texans 23 MNF
The boo-birds are out early as the Steelers fall behind 13-0. But jeers are soon replaced with swirling Terrible Towels as the Steelers suddenly explode for 3 TDs in the final 1:27 of the first half. Trailing 13-3, Roethlisberger hits LeVeon Bell on an 28-yd screen, then finds rookie Martavis Bryant -- in his first NFL game with his first NFL catch for his first NFL TD -- on a beautiful 35-yd bomb. From there, the Texans implode. Two plays later, the Steelers recover an Arian Foster fumble at the Houston 3. On first-and-goal, Ben flips the ball to Antonio Brown on a sweep, and aided by a nice little cut block by Roethlisberger, Brown reverses field and fires a strike to Lance Moore in the end zone. On Houston's next snap, Fitzpatrick's pass is swatted by Brett Keisel, bounces off Timmons, then bounces right back to Keisel, who returns his interception to the Houston 8. Two plays later, Roethlisberger hits Bell for the TD -- Pittsburgh's 24th point in less than 3 minutes -- and Houston never threatens again.



2014 Steelers 51 vs Colts 34
Big Ben's mind-boggling stats are enough to make any "Madden Football" aficionado's toes curl as he connects on 40 of 49 passes (81.6%) for 522 yds,  6 TD, 0 INT, 150.6 rating and 0 sacks, making Andrew Luck's 400 yds and 3 TDs seem puny by comparison. The Colts strike first on a Vinatieri FG, after which the Steelers open up a can of whoop-ass, scoring TDs on their first four offensive possessions (all TD passes) plus a pick 6 by William Gay to run up a 35-10 lead. The Colts rally and threaten to make a comeback, narrowing the score to 42-34 late in the 3rd, aided by a blocked Roethlisberger punt (!) a pair of costly fumbles by Darrius Heyward-Bey and LeGarrette Blount. But an intentional grounding call on Luck after he trips in his own end zone results in a safety, and following the free kick, Ben adds his 6th TD pass of the day on a gutsy 4th-and-inches call to nail the lid shut on Indy. Note: Ben also wins his 100th game in 150 starts, joining Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana and Tom Brady as the only QBs in NFL history to do so.



2014 Steelers 43 vs Ravens 23 SNF
Ben once again puts up video game-worthy stats, hitting 25 of 37 (67.5%) for 340 yds, 6 TD, 0 INT, becoming the only QB in NFL history to throw 12 TDs in a 2-game span. The Ravens are in control early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead and sacking Roethlisberger on 3 consecutive plays at one point. But Baltimore turnovers turn the tide. After a Ravens fumble, Ben quickly hits Le'Veon Bell for his first TD of the night. Moments later, Harrison pressures Flacco into an INT and Ben hits a wide open Martavis Bryant for a 19-yd score. The Ravens add a FG, but Ben responds with a gorgeous 47-yd TD bomb to Marcus Wheaton, capped by a 2-pt conversion when a mishandled snap results in a Wing-to-Spaeth pass for a 22-10 halftime lead. After a scoreless 3rd quarter, Ben begins the 4th quarter with his 4th TD of the day, a 54-yd strike to Antonio Brown who gathers in a 20-yd sideline pass, turnsinside, stiff-arms the safety and weaves his way across the field for a 29-10 lead. Jacoby Jones returns the ensuing kickoff 108 yds for a Baltimore TD, but it doesn't matter; moments later, Ben fires an 18-yd TD laser to Bryant. Roethlisberger completes his remarkable night on a 4th-and-2 play at the 2-minute warning, freezing the defense with play-action and lofting a beautiful touch pass to Spaeth, who dives into the end zone for Ben's 6th TD pass. Note: Joe Greene's number is retired in a ceremony at halftime.



2014 Steelers 42 at Bengals 21
The Steelers, trailing 21-17 after 3 quarters in a game they HAVE to win, explode for 25 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to defeat the division-leading Bengals. Le'Veon Bell gains over 200 yds for the 3rd straight week, rushing for 185 yds and 2 TDs with 6 catches for 50 yds and 1 TD. Big Ben is equally impressive, throwing for 350 yds and 3 TDs, including a devastating play-action 94-yd bomb to rookie Martavis Bryant in the 4th to blow the game open. AJ Green has a monster day for the Bengals with 11 catches for 224 yds and a TD, but disappears in the 4th after a crushing hit from Stephn Tuitt knocks Andy Dalton out of the game.



2014 Steelers 27 vs Bengals 17 SNF
The Steelers win the division but lose team MVP Le'Veon Bell early in the game on a questionable low shot to the knees by Reggie Nelson, ending Bell's season. Despite battling the flu, Roethlisberger hits 24 of 38 for 317 yds and 2 TDs, finishing the season with a league-high 4952 yds and connecting with Antonio Brown 7 times for 128 yds, including a late 63-yd TD to seal the game. Brown's TD comes after a fatal fumble by AJ Green at the Steeler 30 and is Brown's 129th catch of the season, 2nd highest in NFL history. Brown also scores the first TD of the day on an electrifying 71-yd punt return.


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