Ben Roethlisberger throws coaches under the bus after botched final play in loss to Patriots Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 17: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field at the conclusion of the New England Patriots 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 17, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots shut down Ben Roethlisberger on what appeared to be a trick play on third-and-goal and up three points to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-24, in what may very well be the regular-season game of the year.

After the game, Roethlisberger was clear — it wasn’t his fault:

The Patriots drove down the field with time running out in the fourth to take the one-point lead and extended it to three with a two-point conversion.

The Steelers took over, completed a 69-yard play to Juju Smith-Schuster and added what appeared to be a touchdown reception to tight end Jesse James.

Officials overturned it, Roethisberger completed a little out route and the clock continued running. With about 12 seconds left, Roethlisberger snapped the ball, faked a spike and looked to the end zone, where he threw an interception to close the game.

The Patriots moved into the No. 1 seed in the AFC with the victory.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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