PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Oakland Raiders 38-35 on an 18-yard field goal with :02 left in the game. The old school rivalry didn’t disappoint. With over 1,000 yards of total offense combined it was a high flying score fest with defenses getting burned nearly every tick of the clock. The Steelers physical defense caused five forced fumbles three were recovered by Pittsburgh. Despite four turnovers the Raiders had it’s opportunities to win the game thanks to Derek Carr and a recently potent Oakland Offense.
QB Derek Carr
Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr threw for 301 yards on 24-of-44 passing (54.5 percent) with four touchdowns and one interception, giving him a passer rating of 96.9.
Carr is the second Raider with four 300-yard games through the team’s first eight contests (Rich Gannon in 2002).
Carr now has 19 touchdown passes on the season, the most by a Raider through eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Carr has thrown 11 touchdowns of 20-or-more yards.
Carr is the third Raider with four touchdown passes in back-to-back games and the first since the 1970 merger (Cotton Davidson in 1964 and Tom Flores in 1963).
Carr entered Week 9 leading the NFL in first-half touchdown passes and tossed two more today to improve his season total to 13 with only one interception (13.0 TD-INT ratio).
Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was having a big day as well throwing to what appeared to be Superman without the cape. Big Ben was 24-of-44 passing for 334 yards and two touchdowns before being knocked out of the game with a foot injury.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown had a franchise day he had 17 receptions for 284 yards. He also added 22yards on the ground.
Running back DeAngelo Williams ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers rolled up 597 yards of total offense.
Cooper and Crabtree Over 45 Receptions, Four Touchdowns
Wide Receivers Amari Cooper (45) and Michael Crabtree (47) are the first pair of Raiders to be on pace for 90 receptions each through eight games since Charlie Garner and Jerry Rice in 2002.The pair has also combined for nine receiving touchdowns this season, four by Cooper and five by Crabtree.
WR Michael Crabtree
Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree hauled in seven passes for 108 yards (15.4 avg.) and two touchdowns for his 11th career 100-yard game and third of the season.
He has 100-yard games in back-to-back outings within a regular season for the first time in his career.
Crabtree hauled in two touchdowns in a game for the fifth time in his career and the first time since 2012. He now has five touchdowns on the season and 31 career scores.Crabtree has caught a touchdown pass in three straight games for the second time in his career (2012).
Wide Receiver Amari Cooper finished the day with seven receptions for 88 yards (12.6 avg.) and one touchdown.
Cooper set the franchise record for receptions by a rookie, passing Zach Miler (45 in 2007). With his sixth reception, he passed Tim Brown (43 in 1988) for the most by a rookie wide receiver in team history.
Cooper hauled in his fourth receiving touchdown of the season on a 15-yard pass from Carr.
Running Back Latavius Murray averaged 5.65 yards per carry on 17 attempts for 96 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter. Murray’s first carry of the game went for 44 yards, his sixth rush of 20-plus yards this season.
Wide Receiver Seth Roberts had three crucial catches in the game, totaling 73 yards (24.3 avg.) with a 36-yard long.
All three of Roberts’ catches were for at least 18 yards, and he had a 19-yarder and a 26-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
Fullback Jamize Olawale recorded a career-long 19-yard run for his first career rushing touchdown, bringing the Raiders back within seven points in the fourth quarter.
Tight End Clive Walford caught his second career touchdown on a 1-yard reception from Carr in the third quarter, tying the game at 21-21. Walford is the 10th tight end in team history to catch at least two touchdowns as a rookie.
Cornerback David Amerson intercepted his first pass as a Raider in the third quarter, giving him three career interceptions. He finished with eight solo tackles, three passes defensed and the one interception with one return yard.
Linebacker Aldon Smith got to Ben Roethlisberger on a third-and-10 in the fourth quarter for the team’s first sack of the game, giving him 2.5 sacks this season and 46.5 sacks in his caree