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If there are any doubts that Ben Roethlisberger is as tough as NFL quarterbacks come, those were put to rest on Sunday afternoon. Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense were backed up at their own 15-yard line after they drew a penalty on the Baltimore Ravens punt following a nice forced three-and-out by Pittsburgh's defense. Roethlisberger took the snap and was immediately under pressure. Looking for the first-down marker, Roethlisberger took off on foot for the sideline and was tackled by Za'Darius Smith with their combined weight slamming Big Ben's throwing shoulder into the turf.
Things looked bad. Roethlisberger was in obvious pain as an injury timeout was called. The training staff helped him up and sent backup quarterback Joshua Dobbs into the game for one spectacular play.
The Dobbs toss to JuJu Smith-Schuster moved the chains and allowed Roethlisberger to get the air back in his lungs that Smith had forced out. Without skipping much of a beat, Roethlisberger came into the game on the very next play and went right back to work.
Roethlisberger took the snap from the shotgun position and found tight end Jesse James open in a double move on Brandon Carr thanks to one of his famous pump-fakes. The big tight end bobbled the catch initially but was able to haul it in for a 55-yard gain. It was James' career-longest catch-and-run and the longest play from scrimmage that the Ravens - the NFL's No. 1 defense heading into Week 9 - have allowed all season.
The Steelers were unable to turn the 11-play, 74-yard drive into six points, but added three points to their total score with a successful Chris Boswell field goal of 29-yards. The Steelers took the 23-13 lead with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter and held on for a 23-16 win over their AFC North rivals.