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Big Ben stands tall in Super Bowl

Originally Published: February 2, 2009
By Luke Cyphers | ESPN The Magazine
Coming into the Super Bowl, the title of every team's defensive scouting report should have been as elementary as a first-grade pop-up book: Blitz Big Ben.

Sure, the mobility and strength of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enable him to create big plays when the pocket breaks down, but his gunslinger mentality also means plenty of lousy throws and interceptions. Or it did until last night. Against the Cardinals, Roethlisberger was perfect against the blitz, completing all 10 of his passes when the Cardinals rushed five men or more, averaging 18.1 yards per attempt.

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Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

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