"That's us. It's not always pretty, but somehow we find a way to get it done," Roethlisberger said.
The season began with No. 7 on the sideline for the first four games after the NFL said he had violated the league's personal-conduct policy. He was accused in March of the sexual assault of a 20-year-old college student, but a prosecutor in Georgia declined to bring charges.
"I don't. I don't. I'll stop you now," he said when asked about looking back to September. "Not at all."
Pouncey was on crutches after the game with his left ankle wrapped. He was replaced by Doug Legursky.
"I am sure we will have more information that will be debated here in the next couple of weeks. But it's a great debate to have, isn't it?" coach Mike Tomlin said.
New York stiffened against the run after halftime. Roethlisberger was tackled for a safety after a bad snap exchange at the 1 with 7:38 left.
"We shot ourselves in the foot with mental errors," receiver Hines Ward said. "We jumped out on them so early ... some of the guys may have lowered some of their energy a little bit."
It wasn't to be, not with Roethlisberger at the controls. He connected with Miller for a first down on a 14-yard completion on second-and-9.
"They were stacked against the run. We knew if we ran the ball three times, it was going to be tough sledding to get 10 yards and get a first down," Miller said.
The Steelers gained just 4 yards on the next two plays, both runs. Then Roethlisberger's last pass turned out to be the most important of the night.
"We weren't going to play not to lose," Tomlin said about throwing on the final drive.
Roethlisberger is 10-2 in the postseason. Entering Sunday he had completed 61 percent of his postseason passes, with 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
"Here we go," Steelers fans yelled in unison after the game as they furiously waved their Terrible Towels.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press