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Roethlisberger's touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress longest gap between QB/WR scoring combo in league history

Roethlisberger hit Burress on a 12-yard touchdown to end the scoring in Pittsburgh's 24-10 Week 17 win over Cleveland, marking the long gap between touchdown passes from a quarterback and receiver in league history.

Justin K. Aller

It may be kind of an odd stat, but at least it's in outstanding company.

Ben Roethlisberger hit Plaxico Burress on a 12-yard touchdown pass to mark the last score of the 2012 season for the Steelers. It also marked the longest gap between touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in league history - eight years and four days from their last score.

It bested the mark set by Randall Cunningham and Cris Carter by seven days (1989 to 1997). The duo first hooked up in Philadelphia, and continued having success in Minnesota.

Roethlisberger hit Burress from 36 yards out to set the tone in what would be a 20-7 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in a homefield-clinching win for the Steelers. It was their 13th consecutive win that year, and to date it even more, Roethlisberger also hit Jerame Tuman for a two-yard touchdown pass in the second half.

Burress, still wearing No. 80, left for the Giants after the 2004 season, and spent some time in jail before joining the Jets in 2011. He was a free agent through Week 12 of this year when the Steelers signed him due to injuries at the receiver position.

Even with all four of the Steelers receivers healthy, Burress stayed on the roster, and caught three passes on seven targets along with Sunday's touchdown.

It remains to be seen whether Burress will be in the team's plans for 2013. He is now a free agent, but with the likely departure of Mike Wallace to free agency in February, the Steelers only have two wide receivers signed for the 2013 season - Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery. Emmanuel Sanders is a restricted free agent and could receive an extension, but most likely will receive an original round (third) tender offer from the club.