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Hopefully Chase Claypool learns from all of this, as Thursday night was flat-out embarrassing


(Screenshot of Chase Claypool's first-down point)


To say the least, Chase Claypool had a rough game against the Vikings on Thursday night. Despite finishing the game with eight receptions for 93 yards that included a specular grab down the right sideline for 38 yards on the Steelers' last drive. No one remembers that because Claypool made a fool of himself by celebrating a first down with 36 seconds left and the Steelers trailing by eight points with no timeouts ...


The mishap ended up costing the Steelers at least 10 seconds because Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks made a savvy veteran move by knocking the ball out of Claypool's hands while right guard Trai Turner tried to get the ball from Claypool so Roethlisberger could spike it.



The Steelers lost to the Vikings, 36-28, after coming back from a 29-point deficit in the second half. The final play of the game was a pass breakup by strong safety Harrison Smith on Pat Freiermuth in the end zone. If it wasn't for Claypool's mindless and selfish act, the Steelers would have had at least one more play. Maybe even two. Seriously, where is the awareness from Claypool? He didn't take full responsibility either for the mess he created either.


"Yeah, um, you know, I definitely got to be better. I got tackled near the hash, did my little first-down point," Claypool said via Dejan Kovacevic of DKPittsburghSports. "Went to hand the ball to the r