1:00 PM ET, December 6, 2009
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Steelers drop 4th straight as Gradkowski delivers TD with :09 left
PITTSBURGH -- The Super Bowl champion Steelers are losing their confidence as fast as they're losing leads and losing games. The Oakland Raiders? Suddenly, they're winning like they did in the old days, with remarkable comebacks and surprise finishes.
Walker: D Lets Down Steelers
Known for a stingy defense that is the Steelers' staple, it was that side of the ball that failed Pittsburgh in Sunday's loss. Blog
The Steelers are just the fourth defending Super Bowl Champion to lose four straight games. None of those teams made the playoffs that year.
• Louis Murphy had two TD catches, matching the total he had in the first nine games of his NFL career.
• The Raiders were averaging just 9.5 points per game in their last 10 games.
• Santonio Holmes had a 129 receiving yards, his most yards since Week 1 (131 against Tennessee).
• Bruce Gradkowski threw for a career-high 308 yards.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Sunday was just the third time in NFL history, but the second time this season, that there was five go-ahead touchdowns scored in the fourth quarter.
|Sunday||Raiders 27, Steelers 24|
|Oct. 12, 2009||Dolphins 31, Jets 27|
|Nov. 4, 1962||Giants 31, Cardinals 28|
Roethlisberger, returning after sitting out a game with a concussion, was 18 of 24 for 278 yards, two TDs and an interception thrown into the end zone late in the first half. ... The Steelers have allowed seven plays of 40 yards or longer in their last four. They gave up only two such plays last season. ... Pittsburgh is 2-5 when Polamalu doesn't start. ... Murphy made four catches for 128 yards, all in the fourth quarter.
PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to playing the Oakland...(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.1||7.7|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-2||2-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||13:34||Jeff Reed 33 Yd||0||3|
|FG||08:36||Sebastian Janikowski 48 Yd||3||3|
|TD||13:49||Santonio Holmes 34 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||3||10|
|FG||08:17||Sebastian Janikowski 43 Yd||6||10|
|TD||08:21||Chaz Schilens 17 Yd Pass From Bruce Gradkowski (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||13||10|
|TD||07:13||Rashard Mendenhall 3 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||13||17|
|TD||05:28||Louis Murphy 75 Yd Pass From Bruce Gradkowski (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||20||17|
|TD||01:56||Hines Ward 11 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||20||24|
|TD||00:09||Louis Murphy 11 Yd Pass From Bruce Gradkowski (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||27||24|
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