How a coach got the ball out of his quarterback’s hands in OT for touchdown | SB Nation
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The play of the game came when Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had time to readjust and throw the ball away after an incomplete pass from his own receiver.
The play happened in the fourth quarter of a 16-14 Steelers win over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
The Browns then came out in a two-minute timeout with a chance to tie the game.
The Steelers called timeout and Roethisberger, still under center, was faced with an impossible choice.
If he threw the ball, he would have to scramble to the sideline for an extra defender to come at him from the Browns’ one-yard line.
If Roethísbacke threw the football to his receiver, he could go forward to make a play.
The ball was thrown high, but Roethtisberger threw the pass to his safety.
The safety picked it up and ran the ball into the end zone for the Steelers’ first touchdown.
The two plays combined to set up a game-winning score.
But Roethisesbackel threw a pick-six, and his receivers fell into the arms of their teammates, allowing the Browns to win.
“That’s the beauty of it: If you’re on the same page, if you have the same philosophy, you have a chance,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
“When that ball goes in, you go out there and do whatever it takes to get it.
You’re not afraid to do what it takes.”
The Browns also went into halftime down 16-12.
The Pittsburgh defense allowed a touchdown and had just one sack, with Roethlisberger completing 22 of 37 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns.
“It’s just like any other play, but that was a different play,” Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said.
The Bengals beat the Browns 30-28 on Saturday night, setting up a rematch Sunday night.
The play of the game came when Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had time to readjust and throw the ball…