Antonio Brown had a record setting day and the Steelers kept pace in the AFC wild card picture, but the big news out of Heinz Field Sunday afternoon is the left foot injury of Ben Roethlisberger. Chris Boswell kicked a 18 yard field goal with two seconds remaining to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers past the Oakland Raiders 38-35 in an important mid-season matchup between teams in the center of the AFC playoff picture. Boswell’s field goal was set up by a 57 yard catch and run by Brown from Landry Jones who came in for Ben in the 4th quarter who sustained the injury after a sack by Aldon Smith. Brown set franchise records in receptions (17) and receiving yards (284). Brown is only the second player to have at least 17 catches and 280 yards in a single game, the other guy was Terrell Owens in 2000.
Roethlisberger went 24 for 44 for 334 yards and two touchdowns and one interceptions before he left the game. DeAngelo Williams had 170 rushing yards on 27 carries and 55 receiving yards for the Steelers (5-4) who amassed 597 total yards on Sunday. For the Raiders (4-4) Derek Carr went 24 for 44 for 301 yards, four touchdowns and one critical forth down interception to Ross Cockrell in the fourth quarter that at the time may have been the final dagger of the game. Latavius Murray rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries before he left the game with a concussion on a hit by Mike Mitchell that caused a fumble recovered by Jarvis Jones. Michael Crabtree caught seven passes for 108 yard and two touchdowns, the second was form 38 yards that tied the game at 35 with 1:15 left in regulation.
The Steelers had more yards (597-440), won the time of possession (32:04-27:56), won the turnover battle (4-2) and got more first downs (27-24). The Steelers controlled the majority of the game, however the defense who has improved week by week kept giving up big play after big play to the Raiders especially in the fourth quarter. The interception by Cockrell in the end zone saved the game on Sunday because there would be no reason to believe that the raiders would not have drove to get the winning score. Also the forced fumble on the kickoff in the fourth quarter that led to a four yard pass from Roethlisberger to rookie TE Jessie James helped as well. The Steelers got out of the stadium with a win mainly due to timely turnovers.
As for Ben, he is reportedly diagnosed with a mid- foot sprain and is expected to miss a few weeks. The best case scenario is that he misses only on game which is a home game against the Cleveland Browns next Sunday and be ready for a trip to Seattle after their bye. The worst case scenario is that the injury lingers and they go into their teeth of their schedule without their future Hall of fame quarterback. After their home game against the Browns their schedule goes as such: @ Seahawks, vs. Colts, @ Bengals, vs. Broncos, @ Ravens, @ Browns. Botton line is the rest of the Steelers season rest on Big Ben’s foot.
PIT: vs. CLE 1:00 p.m. CBS
OAK: vs. MIN 4:05 P.m. FOX