Originally written October 30, 2012 on NESN.com:
Ben Roethlisberger's first of the 2012 regular season was also his worst. He completed just 22 of 40 passes against the Broncos and threw an interception late in the fourth that cornerback Tracy Porter returned for what would be the game-clinching touchdown. After entering the season with high hopes to improve on last year's wild card playoff exit, and a need to counter Rashard Mendenhall's absence for the first few games, the Steelers were hoping to lean on Reothlisberger's experience and leadership to guide them through. This was not the type of start Mike Tomlin and company were expecting. Since that dreadful start, though, Roethlisberger has been nothing short of sensational, even if the Steelers record doesn't exactly show it. A few late-game letdowns as the has season dragged on, including a pair of fourth quarter comeback wins by the Raiders and Titans, saw the Steelers drop to an unprecedented, for the Steelers at least, 2-3 on the sea...
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