Patrick Mahomes Delivers Powerful Statement on Ben Roethlisberger Ahead of Chiefs-Steelers Playoff Showdown: ‘He’s an All-Time Great Quarterback’

The talk of the NFL Playoffs is about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. After sneaking into the field in Week 18, the Steelers go up against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

These teams just met a few weeks back on December 26 and the Chiefs dominated, winning the game 36-10. They meet again with everything on the line on the same field as before.

Ahead of the huge matchup, Mahomes raved about Roethlisberger in what might be the last time the veteran takes the field.

Patrick Mahomes drops a powerful statement on Ben Roethlisberger ahead of the playoff showdown

Roethlisberger and Mahomes are both terrific quarterbacks. The thing is, Roethlisberger has been doing this for a long time while Mahomes is still a young man in the NFL.

Nonetheless, Mahomes didn’t hesitate to rave about the Steelers signal-caller ahead of the game (h/t Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk).

“He’s an all-time great quarterback that’s going to be in the Hall of Fame one day, but he’s still playing great football right now. If you look at the big-time throws he’s made to keep their season alive, we know it’s going to be a great challenge for us. Not just him, but that entire team. They have an attitude about them, a mindset they play with so we’re not taking them lightly at all. They’re a team that’s beat a lot of good football teams and so to get to play against Big Ben is an honor for me. He’s a great football player.”

Patrick Mahomes on Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers

That is a ton of praise from Mahomes, who himself knows a thing or two about terrific football. After all, the Chiefs are pursuing a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance and need to take care of the Steelers first and foremost.

There is no denying the greatness of Roethlisberger, even if this season has been a bit of a down year for him. Either way, when the game starts, nothing else matters. Both teams are 0-0.

The Steelers flopped the last time they played the Chiefs, but none of that matters

The Week 16 clash between these two teams was not kind to the Steelers. Roethlisberger threw for just 159 yards with one touchdown and one interception, with the one score coming late in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

Travis Kelce didn’t suit up for the Steelers game as he was in COVID-19 protocols, and Tyreek Hill had only two catches in that game.

Now, the Chiefs have everybody back, except for Clyde Edwards-Helaire. That doesn’t bode well for Pittsburgh’s chances, although Mahomes and company aren’t focused on that.

“They have a lot of really good coaches over there, they have a lot of really good players and they’ve played in playoff games. They understand how to change stuff up, they understand to go back to what they’re great at. So, we’re expecting a battle.”

Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes tossed three touchdown passes on 258 yards passing in that game back in December, and now he gets Kelce back.

While everything points to another Kansas City blowout, you never know what will happen, and perhaps Roethlisberger’s comments earlier in the week might be a good thing for Pittsburgh.

Ben Roethlisberger’s Hall of Fame career might end on a bittersweet note

The Chiefs and Steelers face off and Patrick Mahomes raved about Ben Roethlisberger.
Patrick Mahomes and Ben Roethlisberger | Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Steelers watched the Los Angeles Chargers-Las Vegas Raiders game anxiously at the end of Week 18. Fortunately, the Raiders decided not to tie and gifted the Steelers a playoff berth as Brandon Staley’s timeout became a talking point.

Sadly, the Wild Card matchup comes against the Chiefs, who could likely be headed to the Super Bowl again.

Nonetheless, Roethlisberger will be in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Sure, riding into retirement on a high note is what everybody wants, but Roethlisberger should be happy with this ending even if they lose to the Chiefs.

A few weeks ago, the Steelers’ chances looked bleak. But, they found a way to win three of the final four games — with the one loss coming against the Chiefs. It wasn’t always pretty, but Roethlisberger should be more than content ending his career in the NFL Playoffs.

Mahomes’ comments about the Steelers legend show even more how remarkable his career has been, regardless of the outcome on Sunday.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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