Batch of emotion for Steelers QB

Batch of emotion for Steelers QB
December 3, 2012, 3:45 am
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Charlie Batch turns 38 on Wednesday. He’s been in the NFL since 1998. Yet there couldn’t have been a member of the Steelers more touched by Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Ravens than the veteran quarterback.

Filling in for injured fill-in Byron Leftwich while the Steelers wait for Ben Roethlisberger to heal enough to reassume his position, Batch had an awful performance last week in Pittsburgh’s loss to the lowly Browns. He was intercepted three times and posted a passer rating of 38.7.

And had the Steelers not won on Sunday, fingers would have been pointed at Batch for missing a wide-open Mike Wallace in the end zone in the first half. But Batch came through when it counted most, completing his last seven passes, including 4-for-4 on the 12-play drive that took Pittsburgh to the game-winning field goal by Shaun Suisham as time expired.

After Suisham’s kick, Batch and Roethlisberger embraced on the sideline, with Batch burying his face in Roethlisberger’s shoulder while he was clearly sobbing, overcome by the emotion of leading his team to a victory that meant so much — because of the rivalry with the Ravens, because of Pittsburgh’s tenuous playoff position, because of wanting to make up for the week before.

And also — with Roethlisberger likely returning next week — because this might have been the last game Batch plays in the NFL.

“I think every game I got out there, I look at it that way,” Batch said, according to The New York Times. “I wanted this opportunity because I played poorly last week, and I wanted the opportunity to come out there and prove it and lead this team. I’ve been in the league 15 years. I’ve been a starter in this league, and the one thing you can’t do is dwell on the past.”

Batch finished 25 of 36 for 276 yards.

"We were able to do something nobody thought we were able to do, outside of our locker room," Batch told NBC's Carolynn Manno after the game (via Shutdown Corner). "We came down here, we knew it was going to be a 60-minute ballgame. We see everybody fought — offense, defense, special teams — and we put the thing together. … We know we're a team. We know we didn't put our best performance last week. We knew in order for us to get to where we want to get to, and that's a shot at the tournament, we knew we had to come in here and get this. And no matter how it unfolds, we know that come December, we have to win football games and it started today."