Ben Roethlisberger discusses Steelers' late-game woes

  • By Dan Hanzus
  • Updated: Dec. 27, 2012 at 10:16 a.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a postseason staple in the Ben Roethlisberger era in part because the team always has seemed to raise its performance when the game hung in the balance.

The Steelers of recent years knew how to close. Not so much in 2012, and Pittsburgh will be sitting at home in January because of it. The Steelers have lost five their eight games decided by three points or less this season.

On Wednesday, Roethlisberger discussed why that's happened.

"In the past, I've prided myself and our team in the fourth-quarter comebacks," Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We've always said you don't want to have them because then you're usually not doing so well early on in the games. But we've always been good at it. This year just wasn't. I don't think there's a rhyme or reason why."

It has to hurt Roethlisberger, especially considering late interceptions in the past two weeks helped bury his team against the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals.

"I don't think there's any reason to go panic," he said. "I've been pretty good for eight years doing it. I had one not-so-good year at it. I felt like I played pretty good football, though, other than those situations."