WHAT WENT RIGHT
* Two things that Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill does often is get sacked and throw interceptions. On second down during Miami’s opening possession, Tannehill threw a short pass toward TE Dion Sims, only to have
* On a third-and-6 at the Miami 20-yard line midway through the first quarter, a quick pass from
* On the ensuing third-down situation – third-and-4 from the Miami 5-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger passed Terry Bradshaw as the all-time leader in touchdown passes during the regular season, 213-212. The pass went to
* Even the easy ones count. When Ryan Tannehill dropped a shotgun snap and had to dive on the ball,
* The Steelers were down, 17-7, following Daniel Thomas’ touchdown run, and their offense was facing a third-and-1 at their own 26-yard line. Into the game came short-yardage running back
* On the play following the third-down conversion to Miller, Roethlisberger found
* On the second play following the kickoff, Troy Polamalu made up for dropping an interception in the first quarter by stepping in front of Brian Hartline and returning the ball 19 yards for the touchdown that gave the Steelers a 21-17 lead.
WHAT WENT WRONG
* After a 5-yard gain on the game’s opening play, the Steelers attempted to go no-huddle only to have DT Paul Solaia push C
* The read-option is a popular play in college football, not so much in the NFL. But it worked perfectly for the Dolphins late in the first quarter of what was a 7-0 game at the time. QB Ryan Tannehill took the snap and put the ball into the belly of RB Lamar Miller. As OLB
* Ben Roethlisberger was sacked for a second time, early in the second quarter, and it also ended his streak of turnover-free play. DE Cameron Wake recorded the sack/strip, and DT Randy Starks recovered at the Pittsburgh 32-yard line.
* The sequence began with a 4-yard pass to
* Is that Charles Clay or some football reincarnation of Kellen Winslow Sr.? It was a third-and-4 at the Miami 35-yard line in the third quarter of a game in which the Steelers held a 21-17 lead. Clay, listed as a tight end, beat
* The offensive line acquitted itself fairly well when the injuries it had to overcome and the quality of the opposition are considered. But on a possession midway through the fourth quarter, at a time when the Steelers had a lead and were trying to drain the clock, two penalties on the unit were very costly. The first was an illegal procedure penalty on Cody Wallace for what was described as an illegal snap. That set up a second-and-14, a play on which Roethlisberger completed one of those quick-inside-screen passes, which gained 12 yards. But that was nullified when
* Bad tackling was a major factor in a play that can be called the turning point in the game. A simple zone-scheme running play turned into a 55-yard gain down to the Pittsburgh 16-yard line when Daniel Thomas simply was not tackled.
* Maybe it ends up going down as the No. 2 miracle play in franchise history – behind the Immaculate Reception – but the Steelers were denied in an attempt to steal a victory when Antonio Brown was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at the Miami 12-yard line following a completion and a bunch of laterals that ended up gaining 60 yards.