Odd ruling helps Steelers survive 23-22 win in Miami


The Steelers survived an officiating goof on Sunday afternoon against the Dolphins, and because of it the team is now 5-1 after a 23-22 win over the Dolphins.

The mistake happened on the Steelers last game-winning drive, as Ben Roethlisberger fumbled at the half yard line, and it seemed the Fins recovered it in the end zone for what could have been the death blow for the club.

After a long delay referee Gene Steratore announced that Roethlisberger fumbled before scoring. But Steratore said his crew had no clear evidence as to which team recovered the ball, and the Steelers were awarded possession at the half-yard line.

The ruling allowed Jeff Reed to kick an easy 19-yard field goal to give the team the one-point win and keep then in first place in the AFC North.

Roethlisberger was 19-for-27 for 302 yards with two touchdowns and a QB rating of 132.0. The Dolphins could have put the Steelers way behind the 8-ball early in the game as the Steelers had two turnovers the first two times they had the ball, but Miami only managed two field goals to lead 6-0.

The Steelers offense took over, with a Reed field goal, and then Roethlisberger hitting Hines Ward with a 21-yard score to make it 10-6. Then after another Miami field goal, Roethlisberger hit a pretty long ball to Mike Wallace for 53 yards to make it 17-9.

Miami got a late TD as Chad Henne hit Davone Bess with a 26-yard score to make it 17-16 at the half.

Both teams kicked field goals in the second half, as Dan Carpenter’s 40-yard field goal with 5:17 left make it 22-20. Emannuel Sanders took back the kickoff to the Fins 48, and the Steelers drove from there for the game winner.

The Steelers travel to New Orleans to play the Saints next week on Sunday night Football. The Saints lost to Cleveland Sunday 30-17.


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