Roethlisberger's dramatic fake spike/TD pass merely an asterisk in 35-30 loss

Steelers QB at loss as to how team can turn it around.

PITTSBURGH -- In the middle of the week, in the middle of the Steelers locker room, Ben Roethlisberger said to his team, through the media, "Follow me."

And when those players were mobbing him at the 20-yard line after his impromptu 15-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown, the Steelers thought they had followed Roethlisberger to a win over a team with the best record in the NFL.

Of course, it wasn't to be.

The Dallas Cowboys rallied for a 35-30 win, but the fake spike/touchdown pass to Brown is sure to live in Steelers lore.

Roethlisberger said he's tried it before but "That's probably the first time it's worked that successfully."

The play capped a 5-play, 75-yard drive which ate up only 1:13, or not enough, according to Roethlisberger.

"I guess we left them too much time," he said of the remaining 42 seconds.

The drive started with a short 3-yard pass to Brown, and then Roethlisberger threw 10 yards to Ladarius Green. It was followed by a juggling catch and run by Le'Veon Bell for 23 yards.

The Steelers called their second timeout at that point with 1:04 left, and Roethlisberger came out of the break with a 24-yard strike to Jesse James, who went down at the Dallas 15 after attempting to hurdle a defender in the open field.

Roethlisberger ran to the line while making the spiking motion to the rest of the offense. But he also shot a sign to Brown to ignore the phony spike calls and run a go route into the end zone past cornerback Leon McFadden, a practice squad player two weeks ago who was in for the injured Orlando Scandrick.

"It was all Ben," said Brown. "I got his eyes. He gave me a good signal."

"He saw me call it," said Roethlisberger. "Todd [Haley] was in my head yelling, 'Don't waste a down!' But I knew what we were doing."

Roethlisberger took the snap, faked the spike and threw a perfect pass that Brown chased down for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion attempt failed but the Steelers led by 30-29 with 42 seconds left.

That's where the story should've ended.

It didn't, of course. The Cowboys rallied and the Steelers are sitting at 4-5.

"We need to be more disciplined and more accountable," was Roethlisberger's opening statement.

He said it two more times during the three-minute interview, and he was asked how that might occur.

"I don't know," Roethlisberger said. "Is it players? Is it coaches? I don't know but we need to get there quick."


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