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Steelers beat Raiders but lose Roethlisberger

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Antonio Brown set franchise records with 17 catches for 274 yards, DeAngelo Williams rushed for 170 yards and Chris Boswell kicked the game-winner field goal with two seconds left as the Steelers beat the Raiders 38-35.

PITTSBURGH—It looked like a shootout at the Heinz Field Corral on Sunday as the Pittsburgh-Oakland battle combined for nine touchdowns and three field goals along with a two-point conversion. The game was not decided until there were two seconds left:

PLAY of the GAME
Chris Boswell booted an 18-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh the 38-35 win. The rookie kicker had missed a field goal earlier in the game—the first miss of his NFL career—so he was anxious to make up for that gaffe.

"I wasn’t nervous. I definitely wanted to get back out there and kick again and get everybody back on my side after that miss," Boswell said. "My goal is to never miss. I know mistakes happen."

The Steelers held a slim 35-28 lead with two minutes left but the Raiders battled back to tie the game with a minute remaining. The game had overtime written all over it but—with Landry Jones under center for an injured Ben Roethlisberger—the Steelers responded, fueled by a 57-yard catch-and-go by Antonio Brown with 45 seconds left to set up the game-winning kick.

Brown had a career day and it was also a historic performance as he caught 17 passes for 284 yards, both franchise records.

"The most-important thing is that we're a team at the end of the day. It was a great win today. We're excited about it. We knew if we were going to win today, we had to win big on the perimeter," Brown said. "I had a good flow, positive energy every series. It was a positive day."

Roethlisberger had to leave the game after his ankle got rolled under by a defender. He left after completing 24 passes on 44 attempts for 334 yards and two touchdowns.

Jones entered the game and directed the game-winning drive. Since he already made his NFL debut this season taking over when Roethlisberger was injured this season as was Michael Vick, he took the call to action in stride.

"This time I was more calm and level-headed for sure. I know that the coaches and players trust me. That’s a good feeling looking in the eyes of the guys in the huddle and say, ‘Let's do this, let's play ball,’" Jones said. "This is a great game to be a part of. To win a game is an amazing feeling."

Brown talked about the 57-yard catch to help set up the winning field goal as time was running out.

"I was trying to be cognizant of the clock and make sure we got into field goal range," Brown said. "I was just trying to make a play. It was an under-route call. Landry put a great ball out in front of me and I was able to catch it and I was off to the races."

Brown's catch took the ball to the Oakland 15 yard line. From there, DeAngelo Williams rushed for five yards to the 10 yard line and another run for nine yards to the one yard line.

Williams rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.

"We knew from our film study that [the Raiders] put a lot of guys in the box to try to stop the run and make you one-dimensional. We were challenged this week not to let them make us one-dimensional. I think we answered the call and the challenge," Williams said. "It's all about production. I try not to let people out-work me in the weight room or on the field. It shows on Sunday."

Fullback Roosevelt Nix forced a fumble on the kickoff after the Steelers scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to lead 28-21. Anthony Chickillo recovered for the Steelers on the Oakland six-yard line.

"It was just another day in the office. Sometimes you get hit and sometimes you hit people. It's all part of the game. I love every aspect of the game. Special teams, offense, it's all fun to me," Nix said. "When the opportunity presents itself, you gotta make a play. The NFL is a hard thing to be a part of. You just have to be ready. It was a big moment. It's an important part of the game. You can turn the game. Sometimes you have to be the difference-maker and change the momentum."

The Steelers took advantage of the turnover by scoring another touchdown two plays later when Roethlisberger found rookie tight end Jesse James over the middle for a four-yard touchdown.

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