The Steelers defense got their third turnover of the game, a Brett Keisel fumble recovery, and the offense was able to take advantage, but it didn’t come easy. A touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Heath Miller was reviewed and ruled incomplete. Two plays later Roethlisberger did his best Houdini, escaping the pressure and hitting Emmanuel Sanders for a nine-yard touchdown pass, closing the gap to 21-10.
The defense came up big again, holding the Raiders to a critical three-and-out. Antonio Brown returned the ensuing punt 44 yards to the Oakland 31-yard line, breathing new life into the Steelers offense. But the good fortune didn’t last long. On third down Roethlisberger hit Brown, but the ball was knocked loose and intercepted by Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter.
The Steelers got the ball back after another defensive stop, taking over at the Steelers 17-yard line. Roethlisberger, running the no-huddle, went to the air using all of his weapons to quickly move down field. The Steelers caught a break late when Roethlisberger was under pressure, threw it away, and an apparent interception was nullified by a defensive holding penalty prior to the pass. Le’Veon Bell got the call on the next play, taking it up the middle for the two-yard touchdown. The Steelers went for two, and Sanders abandoned an apparent pass and ran it in for two, closing the gap to 21-18.
An onside kick didn’t go in the Steelers favor, as Suisham’s kick went right into the hands of Rashad Jennings.
Final score Raiders 21, Steelers 18.
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