Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Two-Point Conversion Failures Put Offense in Bind

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Two-Point Conversion Failures Put Offense in Bind

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Before the game against the Cowboys, the Steelers were 16 for 21 on two-point conversion attempts since the 2012 season. That kind of success rate is the reason coach Mike Tomlin attempted to go for two when the Steelers scored the first touchdown of the game.

The only problem for the Steelers was that after they failed on their first attempt they kept chasing that lost point all game, and it came back to haunt them in the end. They failed on all four of their two-point tries.

When the Steelers went up 12-3 after their second touchdown they went for two again and failed again. The second-guessing of Tomlin commenced after that. Even though it made sense to go for two after their final two touchdowns the damage was already done by the first two misses.

The final attempt was indicative of the how the day went for the Steelers.

Ben Roethlisberger flipped a pass intended for Jesse James on a broken play. Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint didn't realize it was for James and tried to catch it, deflecting it just before a wide open James could grab it.

Had the Steelers made that it would have been 32-29, and they almost certainly would have approached the final drive in a different manner.

Certainly, there is no way the Steelers would gear up to stuff the Cowboys with nine seconds left if a field goal couldn't have beaten them.

Tomlin made no apologies after the game.

"We want to be aggressive," he said. "That's not out of line with our personality."

BANGED UP

The Steelers continue to get bit by the injury bug. Reserve linebacker Steven Johnson has a fractured ankle and is out for the remainder of the season. Reserve safety Shamarko Thomas suffered another groin injury and did not return to the game.

Defensive end Cam Heyward has a pectoral injury. He played through it, but was in obvious discomfort afterward when he spoke with reporters.

"I kept playing through it," Heyward said. "Hopefully, it's not too bad. …

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