It was almost a year since Ben Rothlisberger last appeared in a game for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But on Monday night, it was almost as if he never left.
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Rothlisberger led the Steelers to a 26–16 victory over the New York Giants, which spoiled the coach’s debut. He was 21-for-32 with three touchdown passes in the game.
When asked how he felt taking the first snap of his return, Rothlisberger replied, “Awesome.”
“I am blessed. I cannot thank enough people. I do not have enough time. Clearly starting with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My wife, my family, my friends, doctors, my companions “It’s so nice to be out with them. And I’m so grateful and blessed with this opportunity,” he said after the game.
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The Steelers were down 10–3 when they delivered a 10-yard touchdown pass to Juju Smith-Schuster. He then found James Washington for a 16-yard touchdown with 7 seconds left in the first half.
He would put the icing on the cake for the Steelers in the fourth quarter when Smith-Shuster again got in for an 8-yard score.
Benny Snell led all runners with 113 yards on 19 runs after James Conner was ruled out of injury.
For the Giants, the team could not go.
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Daniel Jones had two touchdown passes – both to Darrius Slayton. But he also had two interceptions, one of which ended a 19-play drive near the Steelers end zone.
Saquon Barclay was held for six yards, carrying 15 carts. This was the lowest amount of yards taken since Week 10 against the New York Jets last season.