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Man with a plan: Roethlisberger's adept playcalling helps Steelers break out of rut

  • Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) scrambles towards the end zone but comes up short in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) scrambles towards the end zone but comes up short in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, hugs strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, hugs strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have more than Ben Roethlisberger's right arm to thank for their biggest scoring output in more than two years.

Roethlisberger also called most of the plays during Pittsburgh's 37-27 win against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Steelers went to a no-huddle offense for much of the game to keep the Lions off balance. Roethlisberger responded by throwing for 367 yards and four touchdowns as Pittsburgh (4-6) won its second straight.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown credited Roethlisberger's deft playcalling for the team's most productive first half of the season. Roethlisberger also guided the Steelers on a pair of touchdown drives in the final 5 minutes to register the 31st fourth-quarter comeback of his career.

Pittsburgh travels to Cleveland (4-6) on Sunday.

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