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Steelers’ Defense Bends And Breaks In 34-28 Loss To Dolphins

December 9, 2013

A 12-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Charles Clay on a play on which two defenders missed tackles, which followed a 55-yard breakaway run by Daniel Thomas, gave the Miami Dolphins (7-6) the lead for good in a back-and-forth contest played Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, and the Dolphins posted a 34-28 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8), who likely saw their playoff hopes ended.

Fans who stayed for the closing play of the game thought they saw a December miracle as the Steelers appeared to have scored a 74-yard touchdown on a Ben Roethlisberger pass to Emmanuel Sanders, five successful lateral passes and a run into the end zone by Antonio Brown.  But, Brown was ruled out-of-bounds at the 12 yard-line, and the game ended.

Tannehill threw for 201 yards (20-for-33) and three touchdowns, while Thomas ran for 105 yards and a score.

For Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger threw scoring passes to Sanders, Brown and Jerricho Cotchery, and Troy Polamalu ran back an interception 19 yards for a “pick six” score.  Roethlisberger completed 23-of-39 yards for 349 yards with no interceptions.  Brown caught five passes for 137 yards.  Le’Veon Bell carried the ball 15 times for 61 yards.

The Steelers will host the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) next Sunday night.

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