What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. Oakland

The highs and lows of the Steelers matchup at the Oakland Raiders.

FINAL SCORE: Raiders 24, Steelers 21

7:29 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Chris Boswell’s potential game-tying field goal from 40 yards out was blocked

7:23 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Raiders answered the Steelers touchdown with a 75-yard drive that was capped by a 6-yard touchdown pass to Derek Carrier on a fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line. The Raiders led, 24-21 with 21 seconds left in the game.

7:11 p.m. – What Went Right: Ben came back, and six plays later, the Steelers had re-taken the lead on a 1-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed 6-of-6 passes for 70 yards, with the other yardage coming on a defensive holding penalty. The Steelers led, 21-17, with 2:55 remaining, and the Raiders down to their final timeout.

7:02 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Raiders took the lead, 17-14, with 5:20 remaining in the game on a 3-yard pass to tight end Lee Smith. The drive covered 73 yards in 14 plays and consumed 7:50. The Raiders converted a fourth-and-1 from the Steelers 20-yard line with a 5-yard run by Jalen Richard. Marcell Ateman caught a 28-yard pass and converted a third-and-5 with a 7-yard reception.

6:45 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense authored a three-and-out following the Josh Dobbs interception. Following the punt, and a 15-yard penalty for fair catch interference, the Steelers took possession at their own 32-yard line with 14:40 left in the fourth quarter.

6:39 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers made one first down following the Mike Hilton fumble recovery, but then Josh Dobbs tried to get the ball to Antonio Brown over the middle, but CB Gareon Conley got a hand in to deflect the ball into the air and it was intercepted by Tahir Whitehead on the penultimate play of the third quarter. The Raiders took over at the Steelers 44-yard line.

6:33 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense came up with its first takeaway of the game, and it came in the red zone. With the Raiders faced with a third-and-19 from the Steelers 22-yard line, Derek Carr lost control of the ball in the pocket before his arm was moving forward, and Mike Hilton recoverd at the Steelers 16-yard line.

6:24 p.m. – What Went Wrong: After getting one first down, the Steelers ultimately faced a fourth-and-1 at the Raiders 42-yard line, but a pass to Vance McDonald was stopped for no gain on a nice tackle by Tahir Whitehead. The Raiders took over on downs.

6:11 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense responded with a nice series that included a holding penalty on Kolton Miller and then a 7-yard sack by Bud Dupree. Josh Dobbs and the offense began the second possession of the second half at the Pittsburgh 37-yard line with 9:18 left in the third quarter.

6:05 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers received the second half kickoff, but Josh Dobbs was at quarterback because Ben Roethlisberger was being evaluated for a rib injury. His status to return was listed as questionable. The Steelers possession ended with a punt that put the Raiders at their own 14-yard line.

HALFTIME: Steelers 14, Raiders 10

5:43 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers drove 53 yards in nine plays and capped it with a great catch by JuJu Smith-Schuster in the back of the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown that gave the Steelers a 14-10 lead at halftime. Smith-Schuster also made an acrobatic catch down the right sideline for a 20-yard gain, and Vance McDonald had catches of 19 and 10 yards, respectively.

5:27 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense responded to the missed field goal with a three-and-out that included a 6-yard sack by Mike Hilton and a pass batted at the line of scrimmage by T.J. Watt. After the punt and a facemask penalty on Erik Harris, the Steelers took over at their own 47-yard line with 2:57 left in the first half.

5:22 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Aided by two separate 15-yard facemask penalties on the Raiders – Tahir Whitehead and Johnathan Hankins – the Steelers penetrated the Raiders red zone, but then Ben Roethlisberger was sacked for a loss of 7 yards by Clinton McDonald and Chris Boswell then missed a 39-yard field goal to the right with 4:29 remaining in the second quarter. The Raiders held onto their 10-7 lead.

5:13 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers had a chance for a takeaway and possibly a big return on the interception, but Mike Hilton couldn’t hold onto the ball on a third-and-3 from the Pittsburgh 26-yard line. As a result, Daniel Carlson converted a 44-yard field goal that gave the Raiders a 10-7 lead with 8:04 remaining in the second quarter.

5:03 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers tied the game with an 11 play, 67-yard drive that was capped by a 2-yard run by Stevan Ridley with 12:18 left in the second quarter. Big plays on the drive were a 22-yard completion to Jesse James, and Ben Roethlisberger also converted a third-and-4 with an 8-yard pass to Vance McDonald and a third-and-8 with a 12-yard pass to Antonio Brown.

4:47 p.m. – What Went Right: Oakland’s second possession was foiled first by an illegal formation penalty and then a 10-yard sack by Stephon Tuitt. After a 57-yard punt by Johnny Townsend and a 9-yard return by Ryan Switzer, the Steelers began their second possession at their own 33-yard line.

4:32 p.m. – What Went Wrong: It took the Raiders eight plays to march 74 yards through the Steelers defense to take a 7-0 lead on Doug Martin’s 1-yard vault over the pile with 10:44 remaining in the first period. Derek Carr completed consecutive passes to tight end Jared Cook for 30 and 19 yards, respectively, to provide the chunk plays on the drive.

COIN TOSS: The Steelers call tails. It's tails. The Steelers defer, and so Oakland gets the ball first.

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