AFC North: Ben Roethisberger

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger moved closer to Terry Bradshaw's franchise passing record without having to take a snap.

Elias Sports Bureau overturned the home team's statisticians on Wednesday, making Rashard Mendenhall's 13-yard touchdown a catch instead of a run. The ruling on Sunday was a run because it looked like it was a lateral.

Instead of trailing Terry Bradshaw by 300 yards, Roethlisberger only needs 287 yards Thursday night in Tennessee to become the Steelers' all-time leading passer. Quarterbacks have averaged 284.4 yards passing against the Titans this year.

That change means Roethlisberger's passer rating goes from 83.2 to 102.9. Mendenhall's rushing total drops from 81 yards to 68 yards.

PITTSBURGH -- Thoughts on the Steelers' 14-3 victory over the Browns:

What it means: It wasn't pretty. It wasn't easy. It was extremely physical -- both starting quarterbacks were knocked briefly out of the game. The Steelers gutted out the much-needed win with limping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and without Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) and sacks leader LaMarr Woodley (hamstring). The Steelers (10-3) became the first AFC team to reach 10 victories, winning for the eighth time in nine games. Pittsburgh increased its chances for a wild-card spot (and could clinch a berth this weekend) and would take the lead in the division if the Ravens get upset by the winless Colts on Sunday. The Browns (4-9) clinched last place in the AFC North as well as their 10th losing season in 12 years since rejoining the NFL.

Roethlisberger plays in pain ... again: In a season in which he has endured a foot injury and broken thumb, Roethlisberger pushed through an ankle injury to complete 17 of 22 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns. He hobbled off the field in the second quarter after getting sacked but returned for the start of the second half following X-rays that were negative. After the injury, Roethlisberger was 9-of-13 for 178 yards, despite not being able to put pressure on the left leg. He sealed the game with a 79-yard catch-and-run touchdown connection to Antonio Brown in the fourth quarter.

McCoy makes costly mistake: Knocked briefly out of the game five plays earlier, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy threw a critical interception on third-and-goal in the end zone. Steelers cornerback William Gay easily picked off the underthrown pass that was intended for Mohamed Massaquoi.

Browns don't back down: The Cleveland defense kept the game close with an impressive goal-line stand in the fourth quarter. After stopping Rashard Mendenhall on three runs inside the Browns' 3-yard line, Cleveland's D'Qwell Jackson and Mike Adams teamed up to stop Mendenhall on fourth down from the 1-yard line. The Steelers surprisingly went for the touchdown when a field goal would have given them a touchdown cushion.

Brown beats Browns: It seems like every week Antonio Brown makes the play when the Steelers need it the most. With the Steelers clutching a 7-3 lead in the fourth quarter, Brown caught a pass along the sideline against cornerback Joe Haden and then burst toward the end zone for a 79-yard touchdown. It's becoming more apparent that Brown is bypassing Mike Wallace as Roethlisberger's favorite receiver. He finished with five catches for 151 yards.

Harrison's costly hit: Steelers linebacker James Harrison put McCoy on the sideline for a couple of plays with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the fourth quarter. McCoy had pulled up before the original line of scrimmage prior to taking the shot from Harrison, who likely will receive a sizable fine.

What's next: The Steelers have an 11-day break before playing at NFC West champion San Francisco. The Browns head west for their next game, playing at Arizona on Dec. 18.

Pouncey adds to injury concerns

December, 8, 2011
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PITTSBURGH -- Shortly after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went out with an ankle injury, Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey left the game with an ankle injury, too. His return is considered questionable.

Doug Legursky, who started the Super Bowl for the injured Pouncey last season, moved to center. Recently benched Chris Kemoeatu took over for Legursky at left guard.

The Steelers have been dealing with injuries throughout the season. Pittsburgh was already playing without sacks leader LaMarr Woodley, who missed four out of the past five games.

Halftime: Steelers 21, Titans 3

October, 9, 2011
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PITTSBURGH -- Thoughts at halftime of the Steelers-Titans game:
  • Ben Roethlisberger isn't at full strength with a sprained left foot but it's not showing in his play. The Steelers quarterback has been nearly perfect in the red zone, throwing three first-half touchdowns of 8, 7 and 1 yards. His last one was a rollout to his right where he hit fullback David Johnson, but he limped afterward to the sideline. Roethlisberger's biggest mistake was an interception in the final minute of the first half.
  • Special teams is playing a big role for the Steelers. A 52-yard kickoff return from Antonio Brown set up the Steelers' first touchdown, and a 33-yard pass from punter Daniel Sepulveda on a fake at midfield led to Pittsburgh's second touchdown. The fake punt, which converted a fourth-and-5, was called at the right time -- Ryan Mundy was uncovered over the middle of the field because the Titans had dropped back to set up a return.
  • Running back Rashard Mendenhall didn't start due to a hamstring injury, but the Steelers' running game had a strong effort. Isaac Redman ran hard (28 yards on nine carries), and Jonathan Dwyer broke a 76-yard run on his first carry of the season.
  • The Steelers run defense has struggled mightily this year and looked shaky on the opening drive. But Pittsburgh quieted Titans running back Chris Johnson for the rest of the first half. Johnson had 42 yards in the first half but 21 came on one run.
  • Right tackle Marcus Gilbert (left shoulder) left in the second quarter and is considered questionable. He was replaced by Jonathan Scott.

Video: Roethlisberger's foot broken?

December, 2, 2010
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Report: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to start Sunday at Baltimore despite a broken foot.

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