Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Key Matchup / Ben Roethlisberger vs. Titans Defense Offense Answers Challenge Roethlisberger's Halftime Speech Translates into Three Consecutive Tds

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Key Matchup / Ben Roethlisberger vs. Titans Defense Offense Answers Challenge Roethlisberger's Halftime Speech Translates into Three Consecutive Tds

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It took 10 games and reverting back to a successful formula, but the Steelers offense finally looked the way everyone, including the players, expected.

And the reason was simple: Put the ball in Ben Roethlisberger's hands and let him attack.

And he did that superbly, especially at the start of the second half after giving a halftime talk to his teammates that was part pep talk, part scolding.

"Ben came in at halftime and gave us a talk to get it together and go out and perform," said receiver Martavis Bryant. "Guys really bought into what he said at halftime and went out and made plays."

Nobody performed better than Roethlisberger. He answered a 75-yard touchdown by the Tennessee Titans on the first play of the third quarter by completing 17 of 20 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns on thefirst three possessions to blow open a close game and produce their most points in the past 21 games.

And he did it the way the Steelers offense performs best -- operating from the no-huddle and using the NFL's leading receiver, Antonio Brown, who caught a season-high three of Roethlisberger's four touchdown passes.

"It was a great feeling tonight," said Brown, who had 10 catches on 13 targets for 144 yards -- the fourth time this season he has had 10 or more catches in a game.

Guard David DeCastro said that's the way the Steelers offense is supposed to look.

"Ben was out there calling plays. ... There's a lot of passes. ... We didn't do a great job keeping him clean, but give him a little you can see what he does with the weapons he has," DeCastro said. "It was great to see that."

Said Bryant, who had two catches for 30 yards: "That's the way I want it to look. It looks great."

Roethlisberger finished with 30 completions in 45 attempts -- his most in a winning performance this season -- for 299 yards, a season-high four touchdowns and a 115. …

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