Originally posted on Nice Pick, Cowher  |  Last updated 12/21/11

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 6: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches his team in the first half against the Oakland Raiders during the game on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
That was an ugly one. 1st place in the AFC was on the line and the Steelers couldn’t even muster one touchdown. Pretty sad if you ask me. All that being said, I can’t help but be even more in love with Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin. Sure, there were a couple of things that could  have gone differently, like you know, 3 picks and a fumble and going in to half with a TO still hanging there on the board, unused, but (and this is becoming the longest sentence EVAR) I just love that Ben wanted to play so bad, and that Tomlin let him. That’s what I’m talking about. Big Ben put himself out there, despite the fact we had little chance at coming back, and probably everyone was telling him to just let Batch play. Ben put himself out there despite losing Pouncey to a high ankle sprain the week before and being left with incompetent players on most of the Offensive line. Sanders: Out, Harrison: Out, Woodley: fatigued and eventually out…Don’t try and tell me those guys don’t mean anything. I said
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