Landry Jones Pulls Out Win For Steelers, As Roethlisberger Leaves With Injury
The Pittsburgh Steelers won their historical rivalry with the Oakland Raiders, in a close game, 38-35. But the win may have cost the Steelers more than expected. Ben Roethlisberger left the game in the fourth quarter with a foot injury. According to ESPN, he was taken from the stadium to have further tests done.
The Steelers started the game with the energy and drive they needed to make another run at the AFC North championship. But the Raiders scored first. Latavius Murray broke a 44-yard run down to the Pittsburgh 22. Michael Crabtree hauled in a 22-yard pass from Derek Carr and the Raiders went up 7-0. The Raiders used only three plays and covered 66 yards in 43 seconds. It was looking like a long day for the Steelers’ defense.
After pulling closer with a field goal, the Steelers caught fire. Roethlisberger moved the Steelers down the field with ease. DeAngelo Williams slid into the end zone, from three yards out, to put Pittsburgh up by two. Tomlin decided to go for the two-point conversion. Williams again found the line and the Steelers went up 11-7.
Oakland’s Carr found Amari Cooper for an 11-yard score. The Raiders went up 14-11 with 6:05 left in the first half.
Both defenses seemed to be off balance. Roethlisberger took over at the Steelers 22-yard line and went to work. He engineered a 78-yard drive that took 4:09 off the clock. On fourth-and-1, DeAngelo Williams plowed ahead for a 3-yard touchdown. The play was reviewed and the call on the field, which was a touchdown, stood. With the point after, Pittsburgh took an 18-14 lead with 1:56 remaining in the first half.
Boswell knocked in a 38-yard field goal, and the Steelers were up 21-14 with 0:29 remaining in the half. The Steelers’ Antonio Brown had 10 catches for 180 yards in the first half.
In the third quarter, an Oakland fumble appeared to be recovered by the Steelers and returned for a touchdown. Upon further review, the recovering player came back on the playing field after being out of bounds and did not establish both feet in. The Steelers blocked the ensuing Oakland punt.
The Steelers failed to score and turned the ball over to the Raiders. Carr made it three touchdown throws on the day with a 1-yard lob to tight end Clive Walford. The drive covered 90 yards in nine plays, and the game is tied at 21-21 with 7:02 left in the third.
Pittsburgh forced the Raiders’ Latavius Murray to fumble, and the Steelers recovered. Big Ben and the Steel City Crew were back in business at their own 25-yard line. The Raiders dodged a bullet when Boswell yanked a 41-yard field goal attempt wide left. The third quarter ended tied 21-21.
The Raiders self-destructed and fell behind 35-21 and it seemed like the Steelers had the game locked up. The Raiders fought back. Jamize Olawale blazed off a 19-yard touchdown run, and the Raiders were back within a score, 35-28, with 9:32 to go.
That’s when things went bad for the Steelers. After starting a good-looking drive, Big Ben suffered an injury to his left foot. On third-and-10 at the Raiders 43, Roethlisberger was sacked. The force from the tackle seemed to hyperextend his foot. He had to be helped from the field and didn’t return. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert tossed his helmet in disgust after talking with Roethlisberger on the sideline.
DeAngelo Williams ran 27 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns, and Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes, one each to Martavis Bryant and rookie Jesse James. Antonio Brown caught 17 passes for 284 yards, both franchise records.
The Steelers held on as Landry Jones came on to drive the Steelers to the winning field goal.
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