Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke the record for the most pass completions in a single game in NFL history in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Roethlisberger completed his record-breaking 46th pass of the night on a seven-yard touchdown to wide receiver Chase Claypool. He finished with 47 after a successful two-point conversion to running back James Conner.
The single game completions record was previously held by former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who completed 45 passes in a 1994 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Roethlisberger’s personal career-high for completions entering Sunday was 44, set in a Dec. 2017 win over the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. It was also the third-highest completion total in league history.
Roethlisberger also broke the record for most pass attempts in an NFL playoff game with 68, setting the record on an incompletion intended for wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster over the middle of the field.
The record was previously held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young, who attempted 65 passes in a Divisional round defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers in 1996.
Roethlisberger’s previous personal career-high for attempts in a playoff game was his 58 passes thrown in the Steelers’ Divisional round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018.
He also passed for 501 yards in the game, which is the second-most in a playoff game in NFL history. Only Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has passed for more, throwing for 505 yards with the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.