The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Sunday’s game to the Broncos in Denver 24-17. The game essentially ended on a Ben Roethlisberger interception in the end zone.
But that’s not the play Big Ben was talking about on Tuesday. The Steelers quarterback was instead talking about a drop by rookie receiver James Washington.
Via Trib Live:
“He has to make it,” Roethlisberger said. “I just think he didn’t trust his hands. For some reason, he jump/dove. I’m not really sure what he was doing. We look at it (on film), and coach got on him pretty good yesterday.
“We took a long, hard look at it. James needs to run through that, and it’s a touchdown.”
The play happened on second-and-8 from the Steelers 41 with 4:40 left in the third quarter on the series after the Broncos had tied the score, 17-17. Running down the right sideline, Washington had his hands on the ball but dropped it at the Broncos 22.
After another incomplete pass intended for Antonio Brown, the Steelers punted.
Big Ben criticizes WR James Washington for crucial drop: “I’m not really sure what he was doing…James needs to run through that, and it's a touchdown”
— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) November 27, 2018
Roethlisberger isn’t wrong. Washington tried to make a highlight reel catch instead of running through the ball and taking it to the house. It looked a lot like Andruw Jones playing centerfield for the Braves back in the day.
It certainly doesn’t take away from Roethlisberger’s terrible interception, but a score by Washington there changes the game
It’s a mistake that can’t be made come playoff time.