For the second straight game Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 6 touchdowns and made his mark in the NFL history books. Big Ben set the records for most touchdowns thrown in consecutive games, also breaking the record set by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2007 for most touchdowns scored in a 2 game period. Big Been has now set the mark at 12, where the old record was set at 11.
Roethlisberger duplicated the 6 touchdown performance of last week against the Indianapolis Colts, on Sunday Night Football this week against their division rival Baltimore Ravens.
What helps make this performance even more impressive, is that the Steelers had to overcome a rough 1st quarter in which they were held scoreless. Ben Roethlisberger, and the rest of the Steelers offense, turned it on in the 2nd quarter and the game quickly turned into a rout of the division rival Ravens. Once the Steelers began scoring, the entire tone of the game changed. Despite the Ravens jumping out to a seven point lead in the 1st quarter, the Steelers would go on to score 22 unanswered points in the second quarter, including what would turn out to be a successful two point conversion on what appeared to be a floundered attempt at an extra point.
While the second quarter gave us a look at the further success Roethlisberger and the Steelers would enjoy the rest of the game, they did lose safety Troy Polamalu in the 2nd , and he would not return.
Aside from the massive offensive production the Steelers enjoyed, the game still had much of the defense this rivalry has been known for. Steelers linebacker James Harrison displayed much of the tenacity of his younger days, recording two sacks against Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Despite the big scoring in the game, there was still plenty of animosity on display between the two teams. There were 17 penalties throughout the game, including multiple personal fouls.
In the end, the Steelers earned a victory over their division rivals in dominating fashion, largely due to the second consecutive impressive performance of Ben Roethlisberger, etching himself into the NFL record books.