Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger understands his team defied all odds to even make the playoffs. The Steelers squeaked into the playoffs this year and they are set to face the No.2 seed, Kansas City Chiefs. From experience, the veteran quarterback understands anything is possible once you reach the playoffs.
"We don’t have a chance, so let’s just go in and have fun."
—Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers' playoff game vs. the Chiefs
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“I would assume, as a group, you understand that we probably aren’t supposed to be here. We probably are not a very good football team. Out of 14 teams I think are in, we’re probably number 14,” he said. “… We’re probably 20-point underdogs, and we’re going to the No. 1 seed, the No. 1 team. I know they’re not the No. 1 seed, obviously, but they’re the No. 1 team that has won the AFC the last two years, arguably the best team in football.
“We don’t have a chance. So, let’s just go in and play and have fun,” Roethlisberger added.
Pittsburgh Steelers are embracing the underdog narrative
The Steelers are 12.5-point underdogs going into Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are arguably the hottest team in football currently. Not to mention, they have played in the last two Super Bowls winning one and losing the other. The Chiefs clinched the playoffs three weeks ago, ironically, when they beat the Steelers, 36-10, in week 16.
In order for the Steelers to even make the playoffs seemed like a long shot. They had to beat the Baltimore Ravens in the final game of the season and hope the Indianapolis Colts lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars. They also needed the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders game to not end in a tie just to make the playoffs.
The Steelers had to be blessed by an angel that day. In the last seconds of the Raiders and Chargers game, it seemed very close to ending in a tie. However, within the last second of overtime, Raiders kicker Daniel Carson sealed the win and kept the playoff hopes of the Steelers alive.
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“I wish I would’ve gone to bed instead of stayed up with the stress,” Roethlisberger said. “But what a crazy, crazy game. Crazy ending. You go into the evening excited about getting in and then your hopes start to dwindle there for a little while. And then the last drive, you really think they’re going to play for the tie”.
Does this 2021 season Steelers’ team remind people of the 2005 Steelers’ team?
Now that Steelers are officially in the postseason, many fans are looking for any hope to grab onto to help elevate this playoff run. Fans have compared this Steelers team to the 2005 Super Bowl-winning Steelers team. The 2005 Steelers was a No. 6 seed and rode a wave of momentum with star running back Jerome “Bus” Bettis carrying them to a Super Bowl win before he retired.
“However, I don’t want to take anything away from this team, but that was a pretty good football team,” Roethlisberger said. “We had Hall of Famers on it and stuff. Not that we don’t have some really good football players here. We have a long way to go to compare ourselves to that team, in my opinion.”