PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin dozed off before the end of Sunday night’s thriller between the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders that eventually sent the Steelers into the postseason.
Ben Roethlisberger wishes he would have.
Roethlisberger stayed up and was Facetiming with a friend as the Raiders went on one final drive in overtime to try to beat — or maybe not try to beat — the Chargers.
“I wish I would have went to bed instead of staying up and watching it. The stress,” he said with an audible shudder. “What a crazy game, crazy ending.
“You know, you go into the evening excited about getting in and then your hopes start to dwindle there for a little while. And then the last drive, you really think they’re going to play for the tie.”
At one point during the final drive, Roethlisberger donned a Raiders helmet, hoping to bring the offense some good luck.
I promise you, Sunday night was the only time you will ever see Ben Roethlisberger do this. pic.twitter.com/7LQhknxn2q
— Bart Millard (@BartMillard) January 12, 2022
“That’s a signed Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski helmet that I had, and I put it on just for fun on the last drive, just to tease my guy that was I was Facetiming with,” Roethlisberger said. “So, as you can see, it didn’t fit very well.”
At the end of the night, Roethlisberger, the Steelers, and the Raiders were all left celebrating one of the most memorable final regular season games in NFL history, which left the Steelers in the postseason.