by JJ Cooper
Four years ago, Ben Roethlisberger found himself over his head in the NFL playoffs. As an NFL rookie who had led the Steelers to a 15-1 record, Roethlisberger was trying to put the capper on one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history.
It didn't go too well. Jets kicker Doug Brien's two missed field goals to bail Roethlisberger out in a narrow Steeelers win in their first game. Then he was a disaster against the Patriots in the AFC Championship game--his three picks helped ensure New England's trip to the Super Bowl.
Now, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is trying to top Roethlisberger. He's made it to the AFC Championship Game as a rookie, just like Roethlisberger, and, unlike Roethlisberger, he's taken care of the ball in the Ravens' biggest games of the season.