2005 Steelers 24 at Chargers 22
October 10, 2005
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2005 Steelers 24 at Chargers 22

Big Ben out-duals Drew Brees in an exciting (and scary) Monday Night matchup.

Roethlisberger thrusts both fists in the air as Jeff Reed's 40-yd kick wins it for the Steelers with 6 seconds left. One problem: Roethlisberger is celebrating from the bench with his leg wrapped in ice and bandages.

Trailing 22-21 in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger hits Randle El on a 9-yd pass to move Pittsburgh into FG range at the San Diego 29. As he releases the ball, Ben takes a gruesome helmet-first hit to the knee on his plant leg by Chargers rookie lineman Luis Castillo and crumples to the ground, writhing in agony. Roethlisberger is replaced by Charlie Batch, who hands off 3 straight times to Bettis before Reed's kick.

Before his injury, Roethlisberger (17 of 26, 225 yds, 0 Int) runs for 1 TD and throws for another, and Bettis rushes for a TD in his season debut. Tomlinson is held to 62 yds on 18 carries and Drew Brees throws his 1st INT in 3 games to still relatively unknown LB James Harrison (at the 54:15 mark), who makes a remarkable, memorable return in which he leaps HIGH over the head of Ladanian Tomlinson as he tries to make the tackle.

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