Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers were unlikely to make the playoffs, but thanks to the Indianapolis Colts’ meltdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Las Vegas Raiders deciding to kick the game-winning field goal rather than tieing in overtime, they have found themselves in an unexpected playoff matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was pretty candid about the team’s chances.

“We’re probably 20-point underdogs and we’re going to the No. 1 team, I know they’re not the No. 1 seed but they’ve won the AFC the last two years, arguably the best team in football…we don’t have a chance. So let’s just go in and have fun,” said Roethlisberger.

There could be a number of reasons that Roethlisberger could make this statement. He could be trying to get the Chiefs to underestimate them, or he could really believe that at this point in his career that they would be long shots to defeat Kansas City on Sunday night.

Here are some reactions to Big Ben’s comments on the upcoming game.

Regardless of whether or not he really believes the Steelers have a shot against the Chiefs or not, behind closed doors, he is probably inspiring his team to give their best efforts, despite being large underdogs in the game (12.5-point underdogs, for the record).

Lean towards Roethlisberger trying to fire his team up as the most accurate reason that he would say this. The Steelers are truly playing with house money at this point. They were never supposed to be in the playoffs, to begin with, and they now have the opportunity to shock everyone against the reigning AFC champs on Sunday.

[James Palmer]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.