Steelers lose to Raiders, 34-31
Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski celebrates after kicking the game-winning field goal in the final seconds to beat the Steelers.
The Steelers Heath Miller, left, celebrates his second touchdown of the game with Ramon Foster in the first half against the Raiders.
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders overcame a 10-point deficity with a furious fourth quarter to pull a wild 34-31 upset over the Steelers today.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal with no time left to give the Raiders their first victory. Oakland outscored the Steelers in the fourth quarter, 13-0. The Steelers fell to 1-2.
Janikowski tied the score with 6:30 left, kicking a 32-yard field goal. The Steelers' next drive then bogged down at the 36 and they punted.
Oakland took over at its 25 and Carson Palmer deftly drove them into Janikowski's easy range for the winning kick.
Ben Roethlisberger threw four touchdown passes, two to Heath Miller and one each to Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.
The Raiders scored early in the fourth quarter on Carson Palmer's third touchdown pass, 6 yards to Denarius Moore to close the gap to 31-28.
But then Roethlisberger completed a 20-yard over the middle to Brown and while running after the catch, cornerback Pat Lee stripped him of the ball and the Raiders recovered at their 36. Oakland moved 50 yards to set up Janikowski's 32-yard field goal that tied things at 31-31 with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter.
The game was held up for about 10 minutes early in the fourth quarter when Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was carefully taken off the field on a board after he was hit in the head and lay motionless in the end zone. Safety Ryan Mundy hit the receiver high and broke up the pass. No penalty was called on the play. Heyward-Bey was knocked out and the Raiders said he was taken to the hospital with a neck injury. He gave the stadium a thumb's up as he left on a cart.
The Steelers led 31-21 after three quarters.
Roethlisberger ran the no-huddle offense for the first time on the first drive of the third quarter and finished it by throwing his third touchdown pass of the game, 22 yards to Mike Wallace.
The touchdown came on another third down play the Steelers converted to keep that drive going when Roethlisberger completed a 22-yard pass to Wallace on third-and-15. The Steelers led the league after two games on third down conversions and after that TD pass to Wallace they made it 7 of 11 today.
In all three games, the Steelers have scored on their final drive of the first half and the first drive of the second half.
Oakland's Mike Goodson returned the kickoff 51 yards to the Steelers' 48 and the Raiders responded with their own no-huddle offense and marched in for a touchdown, a 1-yard pass to tight end Richard Gordon.
The Raiders then tried an onside kick that bounced out of bounds, and the Steelers took over at Oakland's 48 and began another touchdown drive.
Roethlisberger ended that drive with what appeared to be his fourth touchdown pass, of 11 yards to Brown. However, just as Brown was about to cross the goalline, linebacker Philip Wheeler stripped the ball from him. The players and the ball fell into the end zone and the ball bounced away and then back into Brown's hands for the touchdown.
It should have been ruled a fumble recovery for a touchdown but the official stats crew in Oakland is calling it a touchdown pass.
Shaun Suisham kicked a 33-yard field goal with no time left to give the Steelers a 17-14 halftime.
The Raiders had just scored a touchdown late in the second quarter that was set up by a Steelers fumble to tie the game 14-14. Roethlisberger then led his team in the final 1:54 back into position to reclaim the lead.
Jonathan Dwyer fumbled on a draw and the Raiders recovered at the Steelers' 30. Oakland then tied the game on Carson Palmer's 3-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Heywad-Bey with 1:54 left.
On the previous play, the Steelers defensive line was called for encroachment while the Raiders were going for the first down on fourth-and-two at the six. The penalty gave them a first down at the three.
Miller caught two four-yard touchdown passes from Roethlisberger as the Steelers raced to a 14-7 first-quarter lead.
Ryan Clark's interception, the first by the Steelers this season, set up the first score of the game, Roethlisberger's 4-yard touchdown pass to Heath Miller.
Clark was able to intercept Carson Palmer's pass after targeted receiver Denarius Moore slipped on the only dirt baseball infield left in the NFL, falling about where the Oakland A's second baseman would normally stand.
Clark returned the interception 26 yards to Oakland's 36. On fourth down at the 27, Roethlisberger threw a quick slant to Wallace for 20 yards to the 7. Miller caught his first TD pass on third down.
The Raiders tied it three plays later when Darren McFadden bolted through a huge hole in the middle fo the line and ran 64 yards for a touchdown.
The Steelers scored on their second drive, which lasted 12 plays covered 81 yards and again ended with Roethlisberger throwing 4 yards to Miller for a 14-7 lead. Roethlisberger converted two third-down plays with passes to Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders.
First Published September 23, 2012 5:09 pm