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Steelers Vs. Raiders 2012: Ben Roethlisberger Strong Despite Loss

Ben Roethlisberger isn't to blame for the Pittsburgh Steelers' second loss of the season, as the veteran quarterback played a spectacular game against the Oakland Raiders.

Roethlisberger did fine, but with the defense allowing a late comeback, the run game failing to establish much on the ground, and wide receiver Antonio Brown fumbling after a late catch to give the Raiders the ball back. Neal Coolong of Behind the Steel Curtain put him as one of the "winners" in his breakdown of the last-second loss.

As previously written, Roethlisberger was 36-for-49 for 384 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The game plan was clearly centered around Roethlisberger, and his performance led the Steelers to a third consecutive game where they scored more than they had the previous game.

Also on the good side according to Coolong were two of Roethlisberger's targets, receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Heath Miller, while the list of players with poor performances was filled with defenders.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.