During the 2008-2009 season, an encouraging pattern appeared. The Steelers would start the game well, at some point fall behind, and in the 4th quarter, Big Ben would engineer a game winning drive. This phenomena reared its head during the regular season, but in the biggest game of the year, Super Bowl XLIII. Why is the leader of such a sub par offense (22nd in the league during the regular season) the engineer of so many come from behind wins? When examined, two major reasons can be found.
The biggest reason can be seen when you look at the common strategy of teams who have a lead late in the 4th quarter. Teams always want to milk the clock by running the ball. What do the steelers do best? They stop the run. This gives Ben plenty of chances to have a game winning drive at the end of the quarter. While having a chance is always nice, a clutch quarterback still needs to make the plays to win the game. So why did the 17th ranked passing offense always seem to come through? Ben's mastery of the no-huddle offense.
While Ben's numbers do not inspire much awe, falling below 20th in most major passing statistics, his numbers in the no-huddle are amazing. Whether it be against an elite defense like Baltimore, or on the biggest stage during Super Bowl XLIII, when Big Ben starts using the no-huddle, good things happen. Could it be because he has less time to think and is more instinctive? Who knows? Who cares? While Ben may not be the most glamorous QB in the league, he fits the Pittsburgh mantra perfectly, he takes his licks all game, and in the end he finds a way to get the job done.