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2004 Steelers 33 at Giants 30

The main thing separating rookie QBs Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning in this one is that Ben makes his biggest plays with the game on the line. Roethlisberger gets off to a shaky start but goes on to complete 18 of 28 for a season-high 316 yards and hits four straight passes to set up Jerome Bettis' game-winning 1-yard run with 4:57 to go, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 33-30 win over the Giants. The Bus carries 36 times for 140 yds and a TD, Randle El throws a 10-yd TD pass and Ward catches 9 for 134 yds. Meanwhile, Manning has the best game of his young career, completing 16 of 23 for 182 yards. But Roethlisberger shows he is all about the big play, hitting five passes of 34 yds or more in a much-hyped matchup with Manning, who only completes one pass over 20 yards and throws a devastating INT on New York's final drive to end the Giants' hopes. 
Interesting factoid, this was a Saturday game so the Steelers had a short week after a defensive struggle against the Jets the prior week. Jerome Bettis carried 36 times in this game, which was and still is, the most carries EVER by a RB over the age of 30 in a regular season NFL game. Link below:
Jerome's 36 carry record for a 30+ year-old was broken by Peterson just the other day who toted it 37 times against the 0-9 49ers. Of course, Peterson has missed the better parts of 2 seasons and doesn't have nearly as many carries or wear on his tires as Bettis did back in '04. Interestingly, Arians (then Pittsburgh's WR-coach) was there for both games.