It was 104 supposedly... I don't see much reason to doubt it honestly, I think Roethlisberger's said he felt well enough to play, and in the first half he seemed ok, then the 3rd qtr there was definite signs of fatigue, and the 4th he fell apart...
I think the excuse they didn't HAVE to put pressure on is bull though Slothus, they were passing when they supposedly didn't need to, and I think they knew all it would take it some connections and bam they'd be under by a point. Bearing in mind the game went 6-0 right down to the wire and the 9-0 score didn't happen till the very end of the game... I'm not sure of the Jags Coach and his style, but if I'm up only by 2 field goals on a team like the Steelers that DO have an offense that can open up on you at any point, then I'm playing aggressively offensively... They seemingly had to from my POV, it wasn't like they had a real cushion or anything till the very last minutes of the game.
I bitched about Roethlisberger starting, I bitched even harder about Roethlisberger coming out in the 2nd half though. I'm a HUGE fan of Ben's no doubt, but I think you have back-ups for this stuff, and you have to rely on them,a nd Batch has proven he's reliable enough... It's a shame they f'd it up, and it's a double shame that Cowher today tried saying it wasn't "only Ben's fault", which I agree it was also Cowher's for letting him play, but he's saying it was other parts of the team (Ward was obviously off his game, Santonio wasn't playing up to his expectations, the O-Line collapsed around Ben a couple times, etc.).
These are PROBLEMS, but I think the two that should share 40% each of the blame are Ben for saying he's up to it ALL week, and Cowher for allowing it to happen.
Signed: A Frustrated Steeler Faithful (Though I still love this team and this game, irregardless... I was there in the Brister years, I can take anything!