Roethlisberger struggles in first playoff game

Ben Roethlisberger struggled in his first playoff game, but the Steelers still managed to walk away with a win.

Updated: January 16, 2005, 12:02 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox warned rookie Ben Roethlisberger all week to get through the first two series of Saturday's playoff game. After that, Maddox said, things get easier. Well, they didn't.

Roethlisberger, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, looked like -- let's say it -- a rookie during Saturday night's gut-wrenching 20-17 overtime victory over the Jets. His stats -- 17 of 30 for 181 yards -- didn't tell the story. His misguided throw toward Antwaan Randle El ...

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