Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger.
It’s interesting that big games are always dubbed as QB vs. QB. Quarterbacks on opposing teams are never on the field at the same time. One doesn’t game-plan for the other, and nothing one player does will have any effect–except maybe psychological–on how the other plays.
Nevertheless, these comparisons are always made, especially when you have a pair of future Hall of Famers, as you most likely do with Brady and Big Ben during Sunday night’s AFC Championship between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brady and Roethlisberger have faced off eight total times in their careers. Here’s a complete look at their head-to-head numbers in those games:
Head-to-Head Record: Patriots are 5-2
Head-to-Head Score: Patriots 216, Steelers 170
Tom Brady’s Stats: 190-of-273 (69.6 percent), 2,310 yards (330.0 per game, 8.46 per attempt), 19 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Ben Roethlisberger’s Stats: 169-of-269 (62.8 percent), 2,102 yards (300.29 per game, 7.81 per attempt), 15 touchdowns, 5 interceptions
Note: Their only postseason head-to-head meeting was the AFC Championship during the 2004 season (you can click for the box score): January 23, 2005
Head-to-Head Record: Patriots are 1-0
Head-to-Head Score: Patriots 41, Steelers 27
Tom Brady’s Stats: 14-of-21 (66.7 percent), 207 yards (9.86 per attempt), 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Ben Roethlisberger’s Stats: 14-of-24 (58.3 percent), 226 yards (9.42 per attempt), 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions