Playing for the first time in a year since an elbow injury of the season released in Week 2 of 2019, Rothlisberger completed 21 of 32 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns, and an 11-yard keeper scored for the first time.
“Apparently it was a little jarring,” Rothleisberger said after the game in East Rutherford, New Jersey. “I just didn’t want to disappoint my people, that was the biggest thing.”
In a two-minute drill before Roethlisberger looked like his old self, the Steelers led off on an eight-play, 78-yard drive to James Washington with a touchdown throw that the third-year receiver made his own Way in the end zone for the introduced score.
“We should be out just before the half, two minutes to go down, put the points on the board, it was like, ‘Well, that is the Ben we know,” receiver Juju Smith-Schuster said. “To be able to go down and put those points on the board [on that] Drive – which we do. ”
Just before that drive, Rothlisberger was standing on the sidelines with a jacket in the middle of the drive, which turned into a wrap for a surgically repaired elbow to keep him loose and warm.
Roethlisberger said he may later feel some pain on Tuesday after the game, but added that there was nothing seriously wrong with his knee, which he said in the second quarter after his 11-yard run, or elbow Briefly caught.
“I might have grabbed my knee because I was moving so fast, but I feel great right now,” Roethlisberger said. “Apparently, the adrenaline is still pumping and we’ve won the game. I’m going to satirize tomorrow and may have suffered some bumps and bruises, but in terms of elbows and everything else, I feel great right now. Used to be.”
With his third scoring pass of the night – and second after Smith-Shuster – Rothlisberger saw his 366th career touchdown, set a franchise record and tied Eli Manning for eighth in NFL history.
“I’m just so excited, I’m just grateful,” Rothlisberger told ESPN’s Maria Taylor in her postgame interview. “I told people before the game in the locker room that I came back because of them. I don’t need to get anything in person now. It’s about being with a defense that I think It’s as good as I’ve ever played. With, people with skills who are young and then have fun to play with me, definitely my line, whom I love to death and they love me.
“Those are the reasons I came back to play.”
It was not the most auspicious start for Rothlisberger, 38, when he made a lateral throw to James Conner to run under pressure to no avail, ending his first series after three plays. But Rothlisberger slowly got into a rhythm, looking for Smith-Shuster for an 11-yard lead in the next series. This gave the quarterback and his offense a little life as he joined up with rookie Chase Claypool on a 28-yard toe-tapping reception to convert a third-and-long. The Steelers had to settle for a field goal on that drive, but a quarter later, Rothlisberger found Smith-Schuster in the final zone for a 10-yard touchdown interception in the Giants area of Daniel Jones of Tent Watt Was in the capital.
“They are incredible,” Roethlisberger said of his defense. “Unfortunately, I have to deal with it every day in practice. They are one of the best strongholds I’ve played with, and I’ve played with some very good people. I’m excited to come to the football field with them Am. … They allow me to play more free, because if you make a mistake, you can count on them to bail you out a little bit. They did it tonight, which led to turnovers, big Stop was created. ”
After a scoreless third quarter, Rothlisberger regained his team on the board with a field goal drive followed by an 11-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Smith-Shuster’s second touchdown Hui sealed the victory in his return.
“I’m excited that we won the game, I’ll tell you that,” Rothlisberger said. “It’s not about me personally, the reason I came back is for these guys and this team. It’s a special group of football players and men, and I’m just grateful to be a part of it.”
The veteran did this with a new-form offensive line, which included a completely different right-back than he had previously. Zach Banner won the right tackle outside training camp, while Stefen Wisniewski replaced the injured David DeCastro at right tackle. But both left late in the fourth quarter with a knee injury and a pectoral injury, respectively.
The Steelers also ended the game without Connor, who suffered a sprained check Tuesday, reported by ESPN’s Adam Scare. Pittsburgh, in the words of the source, “is optimistic for a timely return.”
“We had many people who were injured in the game and are being evaluated,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “Zac Banner Goes Down With Knee” [injury] late. He is currently being evaluated, Wisniewski had a PEC [injury], James Conner’s ankle was [injury] And I don’t know what the status of all those people is. Obviously, we are working on a short week so we are ready to rank better. ”