Eager Eagles aim to take down Roethlisberger

By Rob Maaddi

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4 2012 4:25 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012, file phot, Pittsburgh Steelers quaterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles tackle Thomas Welch (76) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Philadelphia. Roethlisberger recalls getting knocked around pretty hard and not finishing the game the last time he faced the Eagles, who haven't hit quarterbacks quite as often as they're used to so far this season.

Mel Evans, File, Associated Press

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PHILADELPHIA — For a big guy, Ben Roethlisberger goes down quite a bit.

Roethlisberger has been sacked an NFL-high 177 times since 2008, including eight times in his last regular-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles four years ago.

That beating is fresh on Roethlisberger's mind as the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) prepare to host the Eagles (3-1) on Sunday. Byron Leftwich had to finish up a 15-6 loss in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 2008 after Roethlisberger took a hard hit from Brian Dawkins in the fourth quarter.

"They got after us and sacked me a bunch," Roethlisberger said. "It was a very frustrating game. I remember after that game going to one of my teammate's houses and saying 'I don't know if I can do this much longer.' They wreak havoc on you and they create a lot of issues."

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