Ben Roethlisberger won what was likely his final home game in Pittsburgh — and most likely won’t see another postseason.
The Steelers (8-7-1) beat the Browns 26-14 on Monday night, but in addition to a win in Baltimore, they’ll need a Jaguars victory against the Colts to get in.
Roethlisberger had little to prove as not only a Hall of Famer, but one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
But even in one of the worst seasons of his 18-year career, he still leads the league in two clutch stats — and climbed further up the all-time rankings.
The six-time Pro Bowler has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl wins and eight division titles, but now the Steelers will have a new starting QB for the first time in nearly two decades.
As displayed last night, a pair of established stars on both sides of the ball could make the successor less important: RB Najee Harris has rushed for a franchise rookie record 1,172 yards, and LB T.J. Watt’s 21.5 sacks are one behind Michael Strahan’s single-season NFL record.