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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 FanBuzz.com. 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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