The Steelers seemed to have all in order Sunday, leading the Cowboys 24-17 and getting the ball back to possibly put the game away to get to 8-6.
Instead, a team that has put the ball on the ground did it again, as Antonio Brown fumbled what looked to be a solid punt return, and the Cowboys recovered.
A few plays later, they scored to tie it up at 24, and then eventually after a series of “what ifs” the Cowboys got another turnover in OT on a Ben Roethlisberger pick, and Dan Bailey hit a chip-shot field goal for a 27-24 win.
Roethlisberger put up 339 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-40 passing, but his costly interception to Brandon Carr on the Steelers first OT possession triggered the Steelers second straight loss and fourth setback in five games.
The Steelers playoff hopes will come down to next week, as they now trail fellow AFC North member Cincinnati by one game for the AFC’s second Wild Card berth heading into next weekend’s showdown between the teams in Pittsburgh.
Both Brown and Heath Miller recorded touchdown catches for the Steelers, with Miller amassing 92 yards on seven receptions. Mike Wallace totaled 95 yards on four catches in a losing cause.
The bottom line is once again this team had chances, and should have won, yet again gave it away.
The season comes down to next week when they host the Bengals. They win, they will basically for sure be the AFC #6 seed. Lose, and the finale vs the Browns the week after is likely useless.
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