How many times do we hear this from talking heads when our team is doing bad? Seriously. When things are taking a turn for the worst, I always keep hearing that phrase from speakers on the radio, people on the streets, and "experts" on T.V. I hear it so much that it has become one of the biggest cliches in the NFL. Even when people were saying it, the Steelers still sometimes lost. It had gotten to the point where the Steelers themselves didn't believe it anymore and it went out of fashion.
However, on Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens, one of the biggest moments in recent Steelers history and the biggest moment in 37-year-old Charlie Batch's career proved that phrase true more than ever.
Leading up to Sunday's game against Baltimore IN Baltimore, I doubt ANYONE was expecting the Steelers to do much, especially after the 8-turnover game against the Cleveland Browns the week before. No one gave them a chance in this game. I myself was fully expecting the Steelers to lose. I had even accepted the possibility of it being similar to the 35-7 blowout in last year's season opener. Without Ben, hope was all but lost in Steeler Nation this past week.
Then came Charlie Batch. In what could have been the last game of Batch's career, he pulled out a performance for the ages and one that will live on in Steeler folklore for years to come. Throwing for a career-high 276 yards with a TD and 1 Interception, Charlie Batch put up a clinic in the 4th Quarter, keeping possession for over 12 minutes and scoring 10 unanswered points including a picture perfect TD to TE Heath Miller to tie the game and a crucial 3rd and 7 pass to Mike Wallace with 5 minutes left in the game. He also threw a key block on the Jonathan Dwyer TD run.
Unsung heroes include:
RT Kelvin Beachum - Beachum was a 7th Round Rookie making his first career start and he only gave up 1 sack which was due more to mental error (didn't account for Redman being there to help him) than being overwhelmed. He constantly faced off against Paul Kruger, Haloti Ngata, and Terrell Suggs and held his own.
CB Cortez Allen - Allen did an admirable job filling in for Ike Taylor (who could now be out 2-6 Weeks). He broke up his share of passes. He was pretty noticeable on 3rd Downs as well and did a good job of keeping Torrey Smith out of the Endzone.
RB Jonathan Dwyer - While he only had 49 yards on the ground, he did have a crucial TD to tie the game at 13.
K Shaun Suisham - How great has he been this season? He has only missed ONE FG this year and that was a 52-yarder. Swish came up big in this game, hitting 3 FGs (46, 41, 42) including the Game-Winner with :03 left in the game. I was calling for his release after last season. Thank goodness I was proven wrong.
This game more than ever shows that you can NEVER count out the Steelers. After this performance, I think they are able to make the playoffs even without Ben Roethlisberger (winning in the playoffs is a different story). Hopefully, this will give reason for Mike Tomlin to keep Ben out as long as possible so he can be fully healthy for the playoffs. We do not want to repeat last year where he played hurt and was nowhere near as effective as he could have been against the Broncos last year. These Steelers could make a Giants-like push for the Super Bowl if things go the right way.