The Raiders faced off against the Pittsburg Steelers for their week 14 matchup. The Raiders started the game off with a quick strike scoring a touchdown on their first drive by running back Doug Martin. Steelers would eventually score a touchdown on the ground tying up the game by running back Steven Ridley.
After half time, Roethlisberger was on the sideline when the Pittsburg offense took the field. He suffered a rib injury and was replaced by backup quarterback Joshua Dobbs who took over under center to start the third quarter.
As the score was 14-10 with 5:29 left, Carr found his tight end Lee Smith for the touchdown. Smith, who didn’t have a touchdown since his first year with the Raiders back in 2015, has now scored in back to back games.
Roethlisberger hobbled back on the field in attempt to rally the team to victory. Roethlisberger delivered a touchdown to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Carr would respond back by hitting Seth Roberts down the middle of the field for a 39 yard gain. Following that up with a six yard bullet to tight end Derek Carrier.
Roethlisberger has 40 career game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. That gave Roethlisberger and the Steelers just 15 seconds left of action. The Steelers ran the hook-and-ladder play in the final seconds for a gain of 48 yards, putting them in field goal position with five seconds left. Chris Boswell comes on for the field goal attempt from 40 yards and slips, kicking the ball right into the back of the lineman.
Raiders win a nail bitter 24-21, going down to the last second. Roethlisberger is now 0-4 playing games in Oakland. The fans were into it even being a two win team this season. Head Coach Jon Gruden went to the stands after the game high fiving fans who have been starving for a win, improving their record to 3-10.
This completes Derek Carr’s 16th fourth quarter comeback of his career. Carr’s final stat line was 25-34, 322 yards and two touchdowns. Carr is still utilizing his tight ends often, hitting Jared Cook for 116 yards on seven receptions and hooking up with Lee Smith and Derek Carrier for a touchdown each.
The Steelers offense was lead by JuJu Smith-Schuster going for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger and Dobbs both looked in the direction of Smith-Schuster often, as he was running wild all day. Wide Receiver Antonio Brown was kept in check by cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Rashaan Melvin, only hauling in 35 yards on five receptions.
Carr said after the game, “It’s been a real tough year for everyone, but the older guys have been through it. These young guys have come in and dealt with a lot of adversity, and we keep telling them to keep pushing. And today they got a taste of it. Of what it can be like. Of what it will be like.”
It’s been a tough year for Raiders players, coaches and fans. Raiders earning a win over the Steelers is something the team can build on by giving the guys in the locker room a boost of confidence.
Gruden said after the comeback game, “I just wanted to thank them and it was an awesome scene today. I appreciate their support. They have been with us no matter what.”
(Photo: D. Ross Cameron/ Associated Press)
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