Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 12/27/12
Ben Roethlisberger's passing rating and passing yards per game are up from his career average, while his completion rate is the same it's been over his eight year NFL career.   But Roethlisberger says its how he's played which has put the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) out of the playoffs. "A lot of it just has to do with me not playing well enough down the stretch," Roethlisberger said via ESPN. "Fourth-quarter drives or last-minute throws, I'm just not making it happen, so my best answer would be that I just didn't play well enough." The Steelers quarterback said he was off this season when the game came down to a late fourth quarter drive. "In the past, I prided myself and us in fourth-quarter comebacks," Roethlisberger said. "I've always said that you don't want to have them, because that means you haven't done well early in the game, but we've always been good at it. And this year, we just weren't. I don't think there's any rhyme or reason why, (but) it was just a year when I wasn't."  Roethlisberger has thrown only eight interceptions this season, but six of them came in defeats and four in the fourth quarter or overtime.   Coach Mike Tomlin agrees with Roethlisberger that he's "Just not making the critical plays." "Not a lot has changed in terms of structurally for how we prepare for those moments and how we deal with those moments," said Tomlin.  "They're not coming together for us, and I'm not going to try to make excuses in that regard." Steelers players still believe in Roethlisberger to lead the team.   "The only reason we're in that game is because of his play," safety Ryan Clark said. "The only reason he had an opportunity to throw an interception at the critical moment is because he played so well to keep us close." "I not worried about Ben," tight end Heath Miller said. "He's one of the best quarterbacks in the league -- in my mind, he's still there. And I wouldn't want anybody else to be leading this team."
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