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Roethlisberger throws for 363 yards in the loss, giving him the franchise's all time passing yards mark at 28,065.
The completion, though, moved him past Terry Bradshaw, becoming the Steelers' all-time career leader in passing yards.
It took Roethlisberger nine seasons to do what Bradshaw - a Hall of Fame member - did in 14. Granted, Bradshaw didn't play in an era as pass-heavy as Roethlisberger has, but the fact is 28,065 is a lot of passing yards. Roethlisberger (29) is the youngest passer in the current top 10 active all time passing yards leader, trailing Giants QB Eli Manning by 1,400 yards.
It's an enormous accomplishment, and yet another one to add to Roethlisberger's growing resume.
He'd probably rather have broken the record in a win, and he did an excellent job of gutting his team - ravaged by injuries - back into a winning situation. He couldn't muster a better scoring situation at the end, however, and the Steelers fell to 2-3. The Steelers weren't as sharp as ever but they're still competing without several players - including two running backs and two starting offensive linemen.
The Steelers look to lean on the franchise's all-time passing leader even more, trying to keep pace on a peak-and-valley season.