In the return of Ben Roethlisberger from two weeks away with a torn meniscus, the Steelers offered one of the worst first halves of football in a while: two first downs to eight penalties; 66 total yards to 70 penalty yards; just 15 yards on the ground.
To the benefit of those tuning in at home, Pittsburgh was facing off against a not great Ravens team that left the door just open enough to make this monstrosity almost resemble a football game at the tail end. With under nine minutes remaining in the contest, the football mummy known as Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a 23-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-3.
Eight minutes later, the Steelers QB ran one in himself from four yards out, which set the stage for kicker Chris Boswell and his best effort at an onside kick down seven with 48 seconds left in the game.
This is what he managed to come up with:
— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) November 6, 2016
This is what you get when you anger the football gods with a first half like that.
To be fair, this trick worked for Boswell while at Rice University.
The Steelers and Ravens are tied atop the division at 4-4.