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Steelers 28, Dolphins 34

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 8, 2013 – 4:20 pm

The fourth quarter opened with the action continuing. Ben Roethlisberger hit Jerricho Cotchery for a 16-yard touchdown to put the Steelers back on top, 28-24. The drive was 11 plays, 78 yards, and took 4:56 off the clock.

The Steelers defense came up with a big stop on the Dolphins next possession, with Jason Worilds ending it with a sack.

The offense wasn’t able to capitalize, but the defense again came on strong. LaMarr Woodley brought pressure on Ryan Tannehill forcing him to throw the ball away. Daniel Thomas was held to a three-yard loss, tackled by Lawrence Timmons and Woodley. On third down Will Gay stopped Brian Hartline short of the first down, forcing the Dolphins to punt.

Roethlisberger came out firing, hitting Cotchery for 19 yards to the Dolphins 44-yard line. Two penalties backed the Steelers up to the Steelers 47-yard line, before Antonio Brown got five yards back on a screen pass. The Steelers had to punt, though, after Roethlisberger’s third down pass was broken up.

It would be another big play that would have an impact, but this time it was Daniel Thomas who had a 55 yard run before being tracked down by Will Gay. Charles Clay broke free from tacklers for a 12-yard touchdown reception to put the Dolphins up 31-28.

The Steelers got the ball back at their own 10-yard line, but after three incomplete passes and just 2:33 to play, went for it on fourth down. Roethlisberger scrambled, but came up short with just an eight yard gain.

The Dolphins took over on the Steelers nine-yard line following a personal foul penalty. Caleb Sturgis added a field goal, to put the Dolphins up 34-28.


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4 Responses to “Steelers 28, Dolphins 34”

  1. By BizBiz on Dec 8, 2013 | Reply

    The game ( and last 2 + seasons ) in a nutshell can be distilled down from the 2nd to last drive of the game. The drive where we had to drive down and score and had plenty of time on clock.
    4 downs to get 10 yards is all we need. Move the chains. Instead of the short, quick, high percentage passing game that wrought them the offensive success the last weeks, they went to the long QB drop back-hold the ball-look downfield style of play that has betrayed them over and over. Low percentage mid/deep range passes that played into the hands of a defense in a ‘prevent’ situation.
    The Dolphins gave us the short play and we went desperation on every play. Even though the short game has been our greatest benefactor during our successful run. Bad strategy. Bad Execution. Typical Steeler football.

  2. By Steelers7thheaven on Dec 8, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like the season is all but over…..its been a great run with these players! We won some in style and lost some we shouldn’t have. Nothing but respect for Mr. Lebeau, but perhaps its time to retire, let someone fresh take your place. Im sure the Steelers front office will give Tomlin one more season……but with him as the coach, I don’t see anything getting better next year.

  3. By BizBiz on Dec 8, 2013 | Reply

    That is not to say that the defense is blameless. A mediocre at at best QB in Tannehill had no trouble moving the ball in snow, on the road, against a hostile crowd.
    Tip for the defense: I realize giving up a big (splash?) play hurts, but hurts worse is continuing to give less that average QBs an open receiver with 10 yard cushions as ‘first read’ before snap. On 3rd and 5,6.7. no less. Anyone can make that throw. And week in and out substandard QBs prove that against our ‘vaunted’ D. The epitaph of the last several years of Steeler’s D will be written: ” Bend but didn’t break….all the way to the End Zone”.
    There is a remedy for this Passive/Aggressive milquetoast defensive strategy. Will the Steelers learn this year? No. Next Year? Lets hope.

  4. By Bob Griffith on Dec 10, 2013 | Reply

    There was a day when the Steelers would score 28 and the game would be over! Where is our defense. I am a Haley hater but…………….

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