Myles Garrett sacks Ben Roethlisberger, gets questionable roughing penalty

AP

Myles Garrett waited more than a year for his first opportunity to play Ben Roethlisberger.

Finally, the Browns defensive end succeeded in his mission to “chop him down,” a statement Garrett made on the day he was drafted.

Garrett sacked Roethlisberger for a 4-yard loss on the first play of the second quarter.

Garrett and Roethlisberger didn’t meet last season, with Garrett injured for the season opener and Roethlisberger sitting out the regular-season finale in preparation for the playoffs.

Roethlisberger got his revenge later in the drive.

On third-and-seven from the Cleveland 8, Roethlisberger threw incomplete on a pass intended for Justin Hunter. Garrett, though, was called for a questionable roughing penalty.

Officials ruled Garrett landed on Roethlisberger with his body weight.

A third-down stop turned into a 4-yard James Conner touchdown run on the next play.

The Steelers lead 7-0.

Roethlisberger now is 7-of-14 for 97 yards and two interceptions.

15 responses to “Myles Garrett sacks Ben Roethlisberger, gets questionable roughing penalty

  1. Questionable??? I thought they weren’t permitted to drop their body weight on the QB any longer. Pretty clear by the new rule.
    Don’t like the rule but it is the new rule.

  2. New rule???……Ben has gotten these calls for years……he’s outside the pocket as a runner on a drive where he had a run for 20+ already……but don’t touch him.

  3. now just chop down both his acl’s so he has to retire and we never hear a word out of his (alleged) rapist, blabber mouth again. thanks

  4. Hey lets not blame anyone for this rule but Aaron Rodgers. Just like every rule that we hate, its to protect a QB. Brady, Rodgers, Palmer.. We cannot look at plays with eyes from last year I’m 57 and this game is nothing like the way it was played in the 60′ 70s or even 80’s So if the league wants to avoid losing QB’s they are going to come up with these ruled. Miles did everything correctly, except for sliding off to the side after the hit. Its the rule, nothing questionable about it. Just so long as they call it consistently for every team and for my QB as well.

  5. as a Fan of the AFC North, Ive seen Roethlisberger get hit a lot after the whistle, but its like Shaq in the NBA, a big guy doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt, plus he scrambles a lot extending plays, so you cant have one without the other. If youre going to not get the quick whistle to protect you, then youre more than likely not going to get the whistle when you get hit late

  6. Dallas Cowboy fan here so there’s no love lost for the Steelers but, come on. It football.

    Not soccer.

    Pansy football season has arrived. Flag football is next.

  7. The ‘Rodgers Rule’ bit the Vikings today, too. Sheldon Richardson got flagged for landing on top of Garropolo.

    I guess it helps for some players and fans to constantly whine about their treatment during a game.

  8. Why people continue to blame Goodell is beyond me. Don’t you understand it is the players taking the league to court. He has to change the rules to protect the league from the players. Lawsuit after lawsuit is causing this, not Goodell.

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