PITTSBURGH --- Ben Roethlisberger throws to the corner of the end zone, and the receiver barely gets his feet down inbounds for a remarkable touchdown. Ten months after winning the Super Bowl with just such an improbable play, the Pittsburgh Steelers possibly saved their season with a nearly identical one.
Roethlisberger ended Sunday's game the way he started it by throwing a touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, a desperation 19-yarder on the final play that rallied Pittsburgh to a 37-36 victory over Green Bay that ended the Packers' five-game winning streak and the Steelers' five-game skid.
The Packers (9-5) stalled in their playoff run as they couldn't hold leads of 28-27 and 36-30 in a frantic fourth quarter. Green Bay could have secured a playoff spot with its first win in Pittsburgh since 1970 and a Giants loss or tie tonight, but instead Minnesota clinched the NFC North with the Packers' loss.
Roethlisberger went 29 of 46 with three TDs and 503 yards passing while becoming the first Steelers quarterback to throw for 500 yards in a game. He also broke the team record of 473 yards by Tommy Maddox during a 34-all tie against Atlanta in 2002.
"The guys were coming back to the huddle worn out, linemen, receivers, everybody," Roethlisberger said. "We didn't quit. Everybody believed we could do it."
Shortly before making his decisive catch, Wallace quickly went to the locker room to get stitches to close a gash on his knee.
"It was kind of hard to run," Wallace said. "But that's just Ben. That's all I can say. That's just Ben."