Roethlisberger Says Miscommunication Led to Devastation in Final Seconds

We all know the outcome of the highly anticipated and controversial game between Pittsburgh and New England was this past Sunday. What some of us don’t know is that Ben Roethlisberger may have had a different plan for the Steelers in their final seconds of the game. Roethlisberger claimed he wanted to spike the ball and send the game into overtime, assuming Chris Boswell would stay hot and tie the game at 27.

Roethlisberger also claimed he was unsure whether the coaching staff wanted to take a timeout or not after JuJu Smith-Schuster’s long reception to set them up comfortably inside the red-zone. Overall, it is apparent there was a lot of confusion on the final play of the game. What looked to be a play where Roethlisberger would spike the ball and give Boswell a try at tying the game. Ben was told not to spike the ball, but run a play instead and unfortunately it would end Pittsburgh’s night.

After Jesse James‘ would-be touchdown catch was reversed, Pittsburgh seemed to be fighting an uphill battle. Roethlisberger ideally wished that the team had two plays prepared after the reversed touchdown, but in hindsight things of this nature are always discussed. Roethlisberger has also claimed that he wishes he had simply thrown a better ball on the final play to Eli Rogers. Big Ben told sources that he gave Rogers a hand signal prompting a slant route, which unfortunately resulted in an interception.

This is one team that has been asked repeatedly to overcome adversity, as one could imagine having Antonio Brown late in this game may have lead to a better outcome for the team. There is always speculation and what-if’s after a game like this, but the fact of the matter is nothing can be done to change the result, just move forward.

Pittsburgh will look to bounce back against Houston on the road on Christmas Day,

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