Steelers fall short of miracle; lose to Dolphins 34-28

The Dolphins kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating the Steelers in cold, snowy Pittsburgh, PA. The Steelers playoff hopes should be dead, now. The Steelers tried their best to keep their season on life support. They almost won a miracle-like play at the end of game, but Steelers receiver Antonio Brown stepped out of bounds at the 13 yard-line.

The Steelers struck first. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a five-yard pass to wideout Emmanuel Sanders for a touchdown, putting the Steelers up 7-0 with 4:20 left in the opening quarter. With that touchdown pass, Ben Roethlisberger became the Steelers all-time leader in touchdown passes with 213, surpassing Terry Bradshaw.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill scampered 48 yards to the Steelers 13 yard-line on an option play late in the first quarter. A couple of plays later, Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis made a 30-yard field goal, decreasing the Steelers’ lead to 7-3.

With 10:44 left to go in the second quarter, Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake sacked and dislodged the ball out of Ben Roethlisberger’s hands, and it was recovered by the Dolphins, setting the Dolphins offense up deep in Steelers territory. A few plays later, Ryan Tannehill completed a six-yard pass to tight end Charles Clay for a score, making the score: Dolphins 10-7.

With 39 second remaining in the first half, Steelers punter Matt McBriar has his punt blocked, setting up the Dolphins offense on the Steelers’ side of the field. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, the drive did not end in points.

Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas capped off an 80-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown rush, increasing the Dolphins’ lead to 10 with 10:50 left in the third quarter.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown took a pass from Ben Roethlisberger 43 yards for a touchdown, cutting the Dolphins’ lead to three with 8:58 left in the third quarter.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu picked off Ryan Tannehill and returned the ball 19 yards for a touchdown; that pick-six put the Steelers up 21-17 with 8:05 remaining in the penultimate quarter.

Wide receiver Brian Hartline made a fantastic four-yard touchdown catch to put the Dolphins up 24-21 with under five minutes to go in the third.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Ben Roethlisberger tossed a 16-yard pass to Jerricho Cotchery for a touchdown, putting the Steelers up 28-24.

With under four minutes remaining in the game, Daniel Thomas busted off a 53-yard run, placing the Dolphins deep in Steelers territory. Two plays later, Charles Clay caught a pass from Ryan Tannehill and shook off two would-be tacklers, and ran the ball into the endzone. The Dolphins led 31-28 with under three minutes to go in the ball game.

Caleb Sturgis made a 27-yard field goal with 1:08 to go in the game, putting the Dolphins up by six.