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Ben Roethlisberger grew up watching the likes of Joe Montana and Brett Favre. On Sunday night, the Steelers’ quarterback passed both players on the all-time career playoff passing list during the Steelers’ 42-21 AFC wild card game loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Roethlisberger, who is expected to retire, moved into third on the all-time list with 5,972 yards in 23 playoff games. He came into the game 16 yards from passing Montana and 99 yards from Favre. He finished the night with 215 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Roethlisberger now trails only Tom Brady (12,449 yards) and Peyton Manning (7,339 yards) for most passing yards in the postseason. The only active player in the top 10 besides Roethlisberger and Brady is Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is sixth all time with 5,669 yards.
Roethlisberger made it back to the playoffs for the 12th time in his 18 seasons in Pittsburgh. His postseason record fell to 13-10 with Sunday’s loss. Two of those victories were in Super Bowls XL and XLIII. Roethlisberger helped the Steelers reach a third Super Bowl in six years at the end of the 2010 season.