Sunday, November 8, 2015

LIVE(ish) Play-by-Play from Week 9's Raiders vs. Steelers Game


By: Jimbo X

8:37 a.m. -- Welcome all to The Internet Is In America's LIVE(ish) coverage of week nine's Raiders vs. Steelers showdown. Our play-by-play begins at 1 p.m. eastern. Be sure to check in and hit the holy hell out of that refresh button often (there will be updates at every commercial break), and if you don't mind, please retweet and Facebook that shiz to your fellow Raiders fans. Hey, something's got to pay off my bar tab.

12:22 p.m. -- Per ESPN"s proprietary outcome predictor, the Steelers have an 80 percent shot of winning this one. This, despite Le'Veon Bell sitting the game out. 

12:26 p.m. -- Charles Woodson and Khalil Mack are both probable for today's contest, while Roy Helu will be a gametime decision. Martavus Bryant, Markus Wheaton, Stephon Tuitt are all probable for the Steelers, while Michael Vick and Isaiah Pead are still listed as day-to-day. 

12:31 p.m. -- Going by the season stats thus far, today's game ought to be an offense vs. defense showcase. The Raiders are posting 25.4 points and 376 yards per game, but allowing 395.4 yards per game and 24.7 points. While weaker offensively, Pittsburgh seems to have the better overall D, allowing just 18.4 points per game and 381 yards per contest.

12:55 p.m. -- Oh, by the way: the Raiders have won their last five match-ups against the Steelers.

1:02 p.m. -- We are coming to you LIVE from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Penn., thanks to the miracle of satellites and shit. The Steelers will receive the ball first.

1:03 p.m. -- Pittsburgh begins inside their own 20. No dice on first down. Third down and four coming up. Woodson looks shaken up. And PIT picks up a good chunk of yardage for the first down.

1:06 p.m. -- Second down at midfield. Steelers have a three and four ahead of them. And they drop the ball, setting up a fourth and four. 

1:08 p.m. -- PIT going for it on fourth down. AND THE STEELERS CANNOT CONVERT.

1:10 p.m. -- Raiders take over, almost at midfield. A near INT on Derek Carr's first throw. MURRAY finds a hole and rumbles all the way to the 20 on an incredible 44-yard run.

1:12 p.m. -- TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS! Michael Crabtree hauls in a twenty-twoyard rocket from Carr to put the Raiders up 7-0. For those taking note at home: Oakland just moved 66 yards in only three plays.

1:15 p.m. --  The Steelers begin their next drive from within their own 20. PIT at their own 40. The ballcarrier gets stuffed, and it's second and 10. 

1:17 p.m. -- Deangelo Williams with a seven yard pick-up. That makes it third and three. And Big Ben overthrows Brown. Fourth down coming up.

1:18 p.m. -- And the Raiders will start their next drive from within their own five.

1:21 p.m. --  Carr throws it away on first down. Third and four coming up. And they can't convert. The punt team comes out.

1:23 p.m. -- Jacoby Jones in the backfield. He's dropped at the Steelers' 40. Second and one. Deangelo gets enough for a new set of downs. 

1:25 p.m. -- Steelers approaching the Raiders' 30. Second and two. They get enough to move the chains.

1:27 p.m. -- Deangelo makes it second and one at the Raiders' 10. Pittsburgh takes a timeout.

1:29 p.m. -- The ballcarrier gets dropped back for a loss. Third and four. And Big Ben misses his man. Fourth and four, obvious field goal time. And Chris Boswell cuts it down to a 7-3 game. 

1:33 p.m. -- And Oakland begins their next drive around their own 20. Second and ten, 'cause Holmes can't hold on to the ball. Murray picks up about three yards. Third and seven. And Rivera gets enough for a new set of downs.

1:35 p.m. -- Murray dropped for a loss on first down. And Marcell Reece rumbles for 12 yards and a first down.

1:36 p.m. -- Crabtree is out of bounds on a first down reception. Cooper can't reel it in. Third and ten. Crabtree is out of bounds again. That makes it fourth and ten. Time to punt.

1:39 p.m. -- Jacoby swarmed at the PIT 15-yard line.

1:41 p.m. -- Bryant with a huge pick-up on first down. That puts PIT at the OAK 30. Second and seven. And the first quarter ends with the Raiders pushing the Steelers back for a couple of yards.

1:46 p.m. -- Third and nine. And Brown gets 13 yards for anew set of downs.

1:47 p.m. -- Pittsburgh in the redzone. Brown already has 100 receiving yards. And Deangelo Williams rumbles for a three yard touchdown. That gives PIT a 9-7 lead. And the two-point conversion is good to make it 11-7 Steelers. 

1:51 p.m. -- The Raiders start from their own 20. And Murray moves the rock about eight yards on first down. And Murray rumbles for about three yards and a new set of downs.

1:52 p.m. -- And Crabtree scrambles for about 15. That puts the Raiders at midfield. And Amari Cooper bobbles the ball, making it second and 10. Murray with about five. That makes it third and five. And Cooper can't reel it in again. Fourth down. Marquette King out to punt.

1:55 p.m. -- And the Steelers will begin their next drive at their own one-yard-line.

1:58 p.m. -- Williams runs for two yards on first down. Incomplete pass on second down. Third and eight coming up. And Brown can't haul it in. Three and out for the Steelers, and the punting unit takes the field.

2:00 p.m. -- And the Raiders will begin their next drive at the PIT 40. Third and one at the PIT 30. And Murray gets enough for the first down.

2:04 p.m. -- Murray dropped for a loss on first down. Second and 11 coming up. Third down and 10. And Cooper reels it in for the first.

2:06 p.m. -- TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS! CARR TO A WIDE OPEN COOPER! 14-11, Oakland, with about six left in the half.

2:09 p.m. -- PIT has more aerial yards than OAK, but the Raiders have two touchdown passes to the Steelers' zero. Meanwhile, the Raiders are outrunning PIT, 88 yards to 29.

2:11 p.m. -- PIT at their own 20. Second and about five. And Antonio Brown picks up 16 yards. And Woodson looks hurt, again. 

2:13 p.m. -- Looks like Woodson has been knocked out of the game. Second and 10, Steelers hovering around their own 40. 

2:15 p.m. -- Williams with a three yard run. That makes it third and seven. And Brown picks up a BOMB from Big Ben. Steelers in the redzone.

2:16 p.m. -- Deangelo takes it to the Raiders' five. Third and one coming up. And Williams gets stuffed behind the line by Malcolm Smith. Fourth and one. Will PIT go for it with two minutes left in the half?

2:22 p.m. -- And PIT is going for it. And Deangelo rushes three yards for the score. But it is under review. It stands. And a Boswell extra point makes it an 18-14 game. 

2:28 p.m. -- The Raiders get the ball at their own 20 for the two minute drill. Crabtree dropped for a loss on first down. Murray picks up a couple. Third and eight now. The Steelers take a timeout. 1:10 left in the half. And Carr stumbles behind the line for a four yard loss. Fourth down, time to punt. 

2:30 p.m. -- A minute left. Pittsburgh takes over at their 40. Woodson is back in the game. And at the 29 minute mark of the contest, we have our first flag of the game. Pass interference on OAK. Big Ben evades the sack and tosses the rock 18 yards to Brown. Deep pass is no good. 

2:34 p.m.  -- Second and 10. The Raiders blitz and Ben can't get past the line of scrimmage. Third and 10. And Brown reels in a nine-yard catch to make it fourth and one, but it is under review. Thirty-three seconds left. It stands. 

2:38 p.m. -- Out comes the field goal unit. And Boswell extends Pittsburgh's lead to 21-14. 

2:39 p.m. -- Brown has 180 yards on the day already. The entire Raiders offense only has 170. And the Raiders will have 30 seconds to try something. 

2:40 p.m. -- They take a knee instead. And that wraps up the first half of the contest, as the Steelers lead by a touchdown. 

2:45 p.m. -- Stats update: Big Ben has 247 passing yards but no touchdowns, while Derek Carr has just 86 yards but two TD passes. DeAngelo Williams has two touchdowns and 45 yards, but Antonio Brown is clearly the one steering the ship for the Steelers. Clearly, the Raiders man-to-man defense isn't getting the job done against the Pittsburgh aerial attack. Still, the Raiders' lightning-fast offense is keeping them in this one, and what do you know, they also get the ball to begin the second half.

2:54 p.m. -- The Raiders are going to have to double up on Brown. And Taiwan Jones takes the opening kick up to about the 20 yard line. And a false start call on the Raiders puts them back five. 

2:56 p.m. -- Murray gets two yards, making it second and 13. And Murray stumbles to make it third and 13. Murray fumbles, resulting in a turnover. PIT gets it within the Raiders' 10. Actually, that makes it fourth and 16 because the recoverer stepped out of bounds before picking up the ball, so the Raiders have to punt. 

3:03 p.m -- The Steelers got a hand on King's punt, so PIT takes over around midfield. Third and seven. And PIT drops what would have been a first down in Raiders' territory. Oakland got like three or four fortuitous bounces on that last series. I mean supernatural luck going on here to keep it a seven point game.

3:07 p.m. -- Raiders take over at their own 10. Murray gets about two yards on first down. And Amari Cooper reels in a shotgun pass from Carr for a new set of downs. 

3:08 p.m. -- Cooper shaken up a bit. And Murray rumbles for close to 20.

3:09 p.m. -- And Roberts picks up 18 yards. Crabtree with a three yard catch, putting OAK in Steelers' territory.

3:10 p.m. - Murray with two yards. That makes it three and five. Seth Roberts drives OAK down to the one-yard line. Murray a little short on first down. AND CLIVE WALFORD PICKS UP ANOTHER TD CATCH!

3:12 p.m. -- Janikowskis's kick makes it a 21-21 ball game. A 90-yard drive for Oakland, for those keeping account of yards at home.

3:15 p.m. -- And the Steelers begin their next drive at their own 12. A flag on the Raiders gives PIT a new set of downs. Second and eight coming up. False start on the offense puts PIT back five yards. Second and 13. And Bryant bobbles what would have been a huge gain. Third and 13. 

3;20 p.m. -- AND THE BALL IS INTERCEPTED BY OAKLAND! Anderson with the huge play!

3:21 p.m. -- Carr under pressure, and he scrambles out of bounds. Second and six. And Murray fumbles, giving Pittsburgh the ball at their own 25 or so. And Murray looks injured.

3:23 p.m. -- This game has been every bit the brutal, back-and-forth slugfest we thought it was going to be. Steelers at mid-field. Deangelo Williams with a 20-yard-or-so pick up. Ben under pressure, so he throws it away.

3:26 p.m. -- Second and 10. PIT at the Raiders' 40. And Ben overthrows an endzone shot.

3:28 p.m. -- Incomplete throw makes it third and 10. Murray heading to the back. And Brown tackled well short of the first down marker. Boswell out for a field goal. 

3:29 p.m. -- And Boswell schtoinks it. Still a 21-21 game with about three minutes left in the third quarter.

3:31 p.m. -- Amari Cooper takes it to the PIT 48-yard-line on first down. No dice on what would have been a huge pick up by Crabtree. Second and 10. Marcel Reece with about five. Third and five. Walford may have coughed up the ball. And he's hurt. But the Raiders maintain possession. Fourth and five. King out to punt.

3:35 p.m. -- 1:23 left in the third. And Pittsburgh begins their next drive within their own ten.

3:36 p.m. -- Walford wobbling on the sideline. Maybe two yards on the Steelers' first play. Williams runs out to about midfield. A 63-yard pick-up.

3:37 p.m. -- Woodson hurt again. And the fourth quarter is upon us.

3:40 p.m. -- PIT at the Raiders' 35. Brown steps out of bounds one-yard shy of a new set of downs.

3:41 p.m. -- PIT converts. Second and one approaching. And DJ Hayden is walking off the field. 

3:43 p.m. -- Ben tosses it away. Third and one. 13 minutes left in the game. 

3:44 p.m. -- Brown gets enough for a first down. He has 194 yards on the day. PIT at the OAK 15. And Bryant sneaks his way into the endzone. 28-21 PIT, with 12 minutes left in the game.

3:48 p.m. -- And a special teams bobble gives the ball back to PIT in the Raiders' endzone. FML.

3:50 p.m. -- And BIG BEN tosses a four yard TD. That makes it 35-21, PIT. 

3:53 p.m. -- And this just in: no matter what color they are, Pittsburgh Steelers are the biggest pieces of white trash in all of pro football.

3:54 p.m. -- Oakland gets the ball back at their own 20. Cooper with what should be enough for a first down. Eleven minutes left in the game. OAK at midfield. Carr hits Seth Roberts for a new set of downs.

3:56 p.m. -- Raiders at the PIT 20. And the backup running back Olawale takes it to the endzone untouched on a 20-yard run. 35-28, PIT. 

3:59 p.m. -- PIT takes over at their own 20. Nine and a half minutes left. Steelers up to their 30. Brown has 210 yards on the day. And Williams takes it up to midfield. 

4:02 p.m. -- Ben throws it away on first down. Third and ten coming up. AND ALDON SMIT SACKS BIG BEN FOR A HUGE LOSS! AND BIG BEN IS HOBBLING OFF THE FIELD.

4:05 p.m. -- Fourth and 21. Punting unit is out. Raiders take over around their own five. 

4:06 p.m. -- Reece rolls for about five on first down. Less than seven minutes left in the game. Center Rodney Hudson is shaken up. And Big Ben is being helped into the locker room.

4:07 p.m. -- Second and six. Crabtree can't reel it in. Third and six. No dice. Raiders have to punt. 

4:09 p.m. -- AND PIT FUMBLES ON THE PUNT RETURN! Raiders take over in Pittsburgh territory!

4:11 p.m. -- Crabtree with a 12-yard gain. Carr tosses it away on a blitz. Second and 10. Five and a half minutes left. Cooper gets four yards. Third and six. Five minutes. A ROUGHING THE PASSER CALL keeps the drive alive!

4:13 p.m. -- Oakland at the PIT 15. Overthrown on first down. Four and a half left. Second and 10. Third and 10.  And PIT intercepts it. This fucking game has taken at least seven years off my life.

4:17 p.m. -- That tiptoe catch on second down SHOULD have been a TD call for sure. And coming out to QB the Steelers? Third-stringer Landry Jones. 

4:18 p.m. -- Three and a half left in the game. PIT out to their own 40. Three minutes left. Second and seven. Williams dropped behind the line. 2:36 left. Third and six. False start on PIT backs them up five yards. Three and 11. And Williams converts, but there is a flag on the play. A PASS INTERFERENCE CALL ON PIT NEGATES IT. 

4:24 p.m. -- Third and 21. Two and twenty six left. And Landry throws it away. Fourth and 21. Oakland fair catches it at their own 30. Cooper just shy of the first down marker. And the two minute warning is upon us. Oakland has two minutes and fifty yards to take this one to overtime.

4:28 p.m. -- Third and one. Holmes hauls it in. One thirty. Carr throws it away on second down. PIT drops an INT. Third and 10. OAK at the PIT 48. Crabtree with enough for the first down, but there is a flag. It's offsides on the Steelers. 

4:32 p.m. -- TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS! Crabtree hauls in a nearly 40-yard catch to tie this one up 35-35!

4:34 p.m. -- PIT takes over at their own 20. One minute left. Twenty-one yard run by Williams. But there is a flag. HOLDING ON PIT. One minute left. Hayden hurt again. One minute left. Second and two. PIT at their own 20. Charles Woodson breaks up what would have been a huge play for PIT.

4:39 p.m. -- Third and 2. Fifty-five seconds left. 

4:41 p.m. -- And  huge pick-up puts PIT WELL within FG range. Brown has 284 yards on the day.

4:43 p.m. -- Steelers take a timeout. Thirty seconds left. Four seconds left. It is first and goal. Here comes the field goal unit. 

4:45 p.m. -- Steelers at the OAK one. Boswell lined up for the kick. Flag on Pittsburgh puts them back a few more yards. 

4:46 p.m. -- And the Steelers win it on a last second Boswell kick. And the Raiders have two seconds to make some magic happen. Which doesn't occur. Our final score in Pittsburgh? The Steelers win it ... barely ... 38-35.

4:50 p.m. -- I hate football ... with a passion.

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