PITTSBURGH -- Usually the coach gives a game ball to a player, but the Pittsburgh Steelers reversed course with Mike Tomlin after his 100th regular-season win.
Tomlin became the eighth NFL head coach to win 100 games or more in his first 10 NFL seasons, joining Mike Ditka, Tony Dungy, Joe Gibbs, John Madden, Mike McCarthy, George Seifert and Don Shula.
The Steelers just won their fourth straight.
"I gave him a game ball because there's a lot of coaches in this league that have coached this game and probably wish they had 100 wins," Roethlisberger said. "So for him to get it, it's awesome."
Since Tomlin joined the franchise in 2007, the Steelers' 100-57 regular-season record is the third best league-wide, behind the New England Patriots’ 122-34 record and the Green Bay Packers’ 103-53-1 clip.
Tomlin reached 100 wins in his 157th game, the fewest by a Steelers head coach in the modern era. The Steelers now have three straight coaches with at least 100 wins with the franchise. Tomlin follows Chuck Noll (193 wins) and Bill Cowher (149) in a storied lineage.