Roethlisberger and Brady enjoy vintage performances
By Simon Evans
(Reuters) - Ben Roethlisberger threw for six touchdowns and Tom Brady five as the quarterbacks for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots enjoyed wins on Sunday.
Roethlisberger threw a career best 522 yards, completing 40 of 49 passes as the Steelers snapped Indianapolis Colt's five- game winning streak with a hugely entertaining 51-34 victory.
The Patriots crushed the Chicago Bears 51-23 while defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks got back to winning ways with a 13-9 victory at Carolina.
In the battle of two teams with 5-1 records before Sunday's games, the Arizona Cardinals defense held firm on the final play to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-20.
The Steelers and the Colts produced 1,087 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns and while Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns he ended up the loser.
Two-time Super Bowl winner Roethlisberger was just 33 yards short of breaking Norm Van Brocklin's single game passing record which was set at 554 yards in 1951.
The evergreen Brady was also in his finest form, completing 30 of 35 passes for 354 yards as the Patriots destroyed the Bears taking a 38-7 lead by halftime.
Rob Ninkovich ended the game as a contest when he ran in a 15-yard fumble return after Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was stripped just before the half. Continued...