Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 12/24/11

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 07: Charlie Batch #16 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline against the Cleveland Browns December 7, 2006 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 27-7. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Charlie Batch got 2 early Christmas presents today.  He got his first start and first win of the year for the Steelers.  The second was more important though.  Charlie Batch no longer holds the title of last Detroit Lions Quarterback to make the playoffs.  With the Lions win today against the Chargers Matthew Stafford is now the latest Lions Quarterback to make the playoffs.

Batch has held this distinction since 1999.  That was a millennium ago.  Tom Brady was still slinging the ball for Michigan down the street from Batch and the Lions.  Ben Roethlisberger was still a wide receiver playing high school ball in Ohio.  It was quite some time ago.  Twelve years to be exact.

He started 10 games for the Lions that season.  They went 8-8 and made the playoffs.  The played the Redskins in the first round and lost but it was still Batch that got them there.  This is something I bet Batch is glad he does not have to look back at every year.  He now has 2 Super Bowl rings and got a big victory today for the Steelers.

Batch has been a great player for the Steelers.  His ability to not only back up Ben Roethlisberger over the last 10 years but also coach Ben and the other quarterbacks has been invaluable.  He has always been reliable and gotten the job done when called upon.

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