The time has arrived. The Pittsburgh Steelers willed themselves to a 38-35 victory over the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field in a back and forth game that saw many Steelers step up but, at the same time, saw Pittsburgh stumble badly at times.
As always, you, citizens of Steelers Nation, get to vote Steelers game ball winners for the Pittsburgh’s win over their historic rivals.
As in week’s past, there is no shortage of Steelers game ball winner candidates. Ben Roethlisberger earns a nod. Although it was hardly Ben Roethlisberger’s best game, he did throw for 2 touchdowns and three hundred yards.
Antonio Brown is a no brainer, even with his costly fumble that allowed Oakland back in the game, his 17 catch 284 yard performance was nothing short of phenomenal, and his 57 yard catch at the end of the game was critical in setting up Chris Boswell’s game tying field goal.
- Likewise, DeAngelo Williams is also a no brainer for his 170 yard performance, including a critical 9 yard scamper late in the 4th quarter.
Martavis Bryant earns a ballot slot, although his performance was shaky, but played his touchdown catch perfect, and the Steelers needed those points. Does Martavis Bryant deserve a game ball? You decide Steelers Nation.
Landry Jones earns a slot, for his 4 completions in relief of Ben Roethlisberger. Heath Miller only caught 3 passes, but he made those count. Is that enough to earn Heath Miller a game ball? You decide.
- The Steelers special teams, or more specifically, the Steelers coverage units get the nod.
On defense, Ross Cockrell would seem to be the only sure-fire game ball winner, but Antwon Blake and Cameron Heyward also get ballot slots. Rookie Bud Dupree earns a mention on the ballot thanks to his blocked punt, and while Jarvis Jones, Vince Williams, and Anthony Chickillo didn’t make the ballot, no one here would quibble if their names appeared as write in candidates, as their fumble recoveries helped tremendously.
Likewise, Lawrence Timmons and Mike Mitchell probably deserve some write-in love, but that’s for you to decide.
Vote now Steelers Nation, and decide the Steelers game ball winners for Pittsburgh’s last second victory over the Oakland Raiders.