The Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 14 road loss to the Oakland Raiders could not have possibly had a more bizarre ending.
Oakland went ahead 24-21 with 21 seconds left, when Derek Carr hit Derek Carrier in the end zone on fourth and goal. On the ensuing drive, Ben Roethlisberger hit James Washington on a short pass.
Washington then lateraled it to JuJu Smith-Schuster, who took it for 43 yards down to the Oakland 22. Just when it looked like the Steelers would force overtime on a minor miracle play, kicker Chris Boswell picked the worst possible time to lose his balance.
Chris Boswell to tie,— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) December 10, 2018
AND HE SLIPPED and the Raiders beat the Steelers 😩😩😩 pic.twitter.com/lMDFj7cMeC
With the loss, the Steelers move to 7-5-1 on the season. They remain ahead of the 7-5 Baltimore Ravens for first in the AFC North, but this loss all but assures the Steelers will not have a first-round bye now.
The final play summarized how things have gone for the Steelers over the past three weeks. They barely escaped with a road win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11, thanks to some very undisciplined play by their opponents.
A handful of Steeler turnovers cost them what should have been an easy victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 12. And last week, the Steelers blew a 16-point lead at home to the Los Angeles Chargers, falling 33-30.
It was also Pittsburgh's third straight road loss in Oakland, the other two coming in 2012 and '13. The Steelers had a chance to get through their Kryptonite, but late-game mistakes cost Pittsburgh a much-needed victory.
What This Means
For the Raiders, they're tied with the 3-10 San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals for the worst record in the NFL right now, so the race for the first overall picks (or the Nick Bosa sweepstakes), should be fun to watch.
The Steelers have a home contest with the New England Patriots next Sunday before visiting the New Orleans Saints in Week 16. It's time for the team to regroup and find a way to get back on the winning track.