Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


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goes to: Ben Roethlisberger

The Steelers quarterback was impressive for nearly the entire game, completing 73.4 percent of his passes (36 of 49) and throwing for 384 yards and four touchdowns, both season highs. In addition, he had a passer rating of 123.2 and completed 11 of 19 passes for 148 yards on back-to-back scoring drives that gave the Steelers their first 10-point lead, 24-14. But, with a chance to win the game, Roethlisberger was sacked and had a third-down incompletion to force a punt. "I think offensively we did the things we wanted to do," Roethlisberger said. "But we have to finish."

X's AND O's

For the third game in a row, the offense did something it strives to do -- score on the final possession of the first half and the first series of the second half. Those drives accounted for 34 points in three games, including 10 against the Raiders. The Steelers drove 64 yards in the final 1:54 of the first half for a 33- yard field goal, then scored on the opening drive of the second half with a 22-yard touchdown to Mike Wallace. "But when you walk out of the stadium with a loss, it doesn't matter," said receiver Antonio Brown


A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:

1. BROWN ON THE GROUND: Antonio Brown was fortunate to recover his first fumble in the fourth quarter for a touchdown. But, with the Steelers leading, 31-28, Brown fumbled again on the next offensive series while trying to get more yards after a 20-yard catch. The Raiders recovered at the Steelers 36 and turned the mistake into the tying field goal. "I take full responsibility," Brown said. "I should have been smarter. I should have gone down. Maybe the outcome would have been different if I was smarter."

2. PALMER CONVERTS: Palmer was 7 for 8 on third-down conversions in the second half, none bigger than a 15-yard pass to TE Brandon Myers on third-and-10 from their 25. That kept alive the winning FG drive. "It's frustrating, especially when you score that many points and lose," DE Brett Keisel said.

3. MILLER TIME: TE Heath Miller had only one day of practice last week, but he had eight catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns -- both in the first half. …

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