PHOTOS: Steelers vs. Dolphins
“It was definitely an up-and-down season for all of us,” Sanders said after Sunday’s 34-28 loss to the Dolphins. “Sometimes it happens like that. I’m going to continue to play ball, that’s the only thing I can control.”
Sanders wasn’t the only player in the home locker room at Heinz Field succumbing to the reality of 5-8.
“It’s late in the season,” fellow wide receiver
“It’s tough,” Clark said. “You just got to keep playing, though. We’re all independent contractors. And I think one thing we understand is every time we go out on the field there’s film running. The Pittsburgh Steelers, the organization, is going to watch that film. They’ll watch to see who’s still playing hard. They’ll watch to see who it matters to.
“I know it matters to me because for some of us this may be the last however many games in a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet, so you want to play well. You want to enjoy the time with your friends and with your teammates. If we win three and it gives us a chance and things fall our way, then good. But the biggest thing is continuing to play, continuing to play hard, continuing to understand that we’re here to do a job, and that’s what you have to do.”
The last snap of the game, with three seconds remaining in regulation, started with a pass from quarterback
In between there were laterals to Cotchery, running back Le’Veon Bell, offensive tackle
Brown received a lateral from Roethlisberger at the Steelers’ 33-yard line and eluded Dolphins safeties Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons on the way to the goal line but was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at the Miami 12-yard line.
“I thought I had it clean,” Brown said. “I thought I separated really good getting to the sideline but it didn’t seem quite enough.”
Added Clark: “When you put yourself in that position, when you’re banking on Marcus Gilbert handling the ball for you to win the game that means you haven’t done what you’re supposed to do earlier, and it’s mostly defense. When you score 28 points you should win games.”
WHAT’S MY LINE?
The fivesome, from left to right, of
The Steelers emerged having allowed four sacks over the last four games, the first time that’s happened during a four-game stretch in the regular season since 2005.
But three of those sacks were surrendered yesterday against the Dolphins (one led to a fumble that Miami turned into a touchdown for a 10-7 lead after gaining possession at the Steelers’ 31-yard line).
The offensive line also was flagged for five of the nine penalties assessed to the Steelers (Gilbert for holding; DeCastro for holding; Wallace for a false start; Foster for being ineligible downfield; and Wallace for a personal foul).
“We allowed some hits and some sacks on the quarterback. That’s unacceptable,” Gilbert said. “I have to do a better job. We have to do a better job overall.”
GOING FOR IT
The Steelers called a timeout with 2:33 left in the fourth quarter after an incomplete pass on third-and-10 from their own 10-yard line. They wound up going for it on fourth down and came up 2 yards short after a Roethlisberger scramble.
“I wasn’t sure of the communication at that point,” Cotchery said. “We ended up wasting a timeout because I was coming off the field (following the incompletion on third down). The other receivers were coming off the field, as well.
“We went for it. We still had the opportunity to keep the drive going. We weren’t able to do that.”
“I thought if we went for it we had an opportunity to continue on. If we didn’t, then whatever was going to happen was going to happen quickly and we had an opportunity to have the ball at the end, which is what we did.”
Clark: “It’s part of the reason why you play. You play for the highs, how great it feels to have victories. When it matters that much to you, losses hurt.”