In-Game Division Updates

By Marc A. Greenberg

Steelers at Dolphins

An officiating mistake negated a late fumble at the goal line by Ben Roethlisberger, and the Pittsburgh Steelers kicked the game-winning field goal on the next play Sunday.

Jeff Reed made an 18-yarder with 2:30 left, and the Steelers escaped with a 23-22 win.

With Pittsburgh trailing 20-19 and facing third-and-goal at the 2, Roethlisberger fumbled as he dived across the goal line on a quarterback draw. The play was ruled a touchdown as both teams scrambled for the loose ball in the end zone.

After a replay review, referee Gene Steratore announced that Roethlisberger fumbled before scoring. But Steratore said his crew had no clear evidence as to which team recovered the ball, and the Steelers were awarded possession at the half-yard line, allowing Reed to kick the winner.

The Dolphins then lost the ball on downs, gaining only 4 yards in four plays.

Bills at Ravens

Billy Cundiff kicked a 38-yard field goal with 10:57 left in overtime after Ray Lewis stripped the ball from tight end Shawn Nelson, and the Baltimore Ravens squeezed past the winless Buffalo Bills 37-34 Sunday.

Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes for the Ravens, who survived an uncharacteristic performance by a defense that was shredded for 505 yards.

Baltimore (5-2) trailed 24-10 late in the first half before scoring 24 straight points to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter. Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick then threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans with 5:46 left, and the Bills (0-6) forced overtime on a 50-yard field goal by Rian Lindell with 4 seconds left in regulation.

Fitzpatrick went 29 for 43 for 373 yards and four touchdowns—three to Evans and another to Steve Johnson. The four TD passes were the most against the Ravens since Peyton Manning did it for Indianapolis in December 2007.

But it all went for naught after Lewis pulled the ball out of Nelson’s hands at the Buffalo 29 in overtime.