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It appears that the debacle on fourth-and-10 was on Ben Roethlisberger


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The Steelers displayed one of the worst plays in recent memory when Ben Roethlisberger threw a swing pass to Najee Harris on fourth-and-10 at the Bengals' 11-yard line that resulted in a loss of 1-yard. That was the game then as the Steelers trailed 24-10 with 3:02 remaining.


Roethlisberger said after the game that the Bengals had a "picket fence" defense where they sat back and kept everything in front of them, so they tried to get the ball to Harris with blockers in front. Roethlisberger said in hindsight he wished he took a shot to the end zone.

Roethlisberger and Dan Moore completely deflected the question about the fourth-and-10 "screen" play when they spoke with the media yesterday.

And then, today offensive coordinator Matt Canada told the media that, "We had guys in the end zone," in regards to the fourth-and-10 play, which suggests that it was a bad read by Roethlisberger.

During the live broadcast on CBS, color analyst Trent Green pointed out that the Bengals made it look like they were going to blitz but backed out at the last second, which is probably why Roethlisberger got the ball out quick to Harris in the flat.





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