Denver • For an individual who ideas the scales at close to 300 kilos, nostril cope with Shelby Harris sure will get ignored reasonably rather a lot.
Ben Roethlisberger didn’t see him Sunday when Harris intercepted his transfer to Antonio Brown from the Denver 2 with 1:03 remaining, sealing the Broncos’ 24-17 win that snapped the Pittsburgh Steelers’ six-game worthwhile streak.
“Of the entire interceptions I’ve thrown it’s one of many fluky I’ve been associated to,” Roethlisberger talked about. “I not at all thought in a single million years a defensive lineman would get blocked off the ball that far, correct into an interception.”
The Broncos (5-6), who ended the Chargers’ six-game worthwhile streak last week, weren’t shocked by Harris’ enormous play.
After getting decrease seven cases by the Raiders, Jets and Cowboys, Harris has lastly made a popularity for himself throughout the last yr and a half in Denver.
“I actually like Shelby. He’s labored his tail off,” teammate Chris Harris Jr. talked about. “He’s a person that bought right here out of nowhere and people saved slicing him and slicing him and he merely saved combating, man. I actually like Shelby and the difficulty that he has. He on a regular basis makes performs for us.”
“I acquired to indicate to all people that I’ve the right palms on the workers,” Harris talked about of his first career interception, which bought right here 48 hours after he missed Friday’s observe for the beginning of his daughter.
Maybe Roethlisberger didn’t see him, Shelby Harris talked about, “nevertheless the ball seen me.”
“All I seen,” Brown talked about, “was an interception.”
Harris saved the soccer and talked about he would take it with him to the hospital to see his partner and new baby afterward.
The Broncos used four takeaways to counter a 97-yard touchdown toss from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster and hand the Steelers (7-Three-1) their first loss since September.
“It’s going to be a quiet airplane journey dwelling,” talked about Smith-Schuster, whose 13 catches for 189 yards weren’t enough to take care of Pittsburgh from dropping for merely the second time in its last 18 regular-season avenue video video games.
Cornerback Bradley Roby and safety Darian Stewart had been burned on Smith-Schuster’s prolonged touchdown seize, nevertheless they made up for it after they teamed up on the final word play of the third quarter for Denver’s third takeaway .
“I knew I wanted to do one factor,” talked about Roby, who compelled James Connor to cough up the soccer after a 23-yard purchase. Stewart recovered it on the Denver 21.
The Broncos then went 79 yards in 11 performs with Phillip Lindsay , who gained 110 yards on merely 14 carries, taking it in from the 2 to interrupt a 17-17 tie.
Roethlisberger was 41 of 56 for 462 yards, extending his NFL report collectively along with his sixth 450-yard passing recreation.
His solely TD bought right here in a extraordinarily unlikely state of affairs, with the Steelers backed up at their Three. Backpedaling, Roethlisberger uncorked his transfer merely as Shelby Harris knocked him on his once more finally zone.
“They acquired stress truly quick,” Roethlisberger talked about. “I seen JuJu went inside and I merely let it go.”
Smith-Schuster, who raced earlier Roby, hauled it in on the Pittsburgh 35, decrease in direction of the Broncos’ sideline and stiff-armed Stewart on his method to breaking a 10-10 tie.
His 97-yard TD matched the longest transfer play in franchise historic previous, and was one yard shy of the longest TD the Broncos had ever surrendered, a 98-yard run by Inexperienced Bay’s Ahman Inexperienced in 2003.
“That’s an unimaginable quarterback making an unimaginable play to an unimaginable receiver,” Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe talked about. “You’ve merely acquired to bounce once more and decide a method to get earlier it, and we did.”
Roethlisberger had 25 completions by halftime, primarily probably the most throughout the first half throughout the frequent season by a Steelers QB since 1960, nonetheless it took a faux self-discipline goal for Pittsburgh to attain the tip zone.
Kicker Chris Boswell threw a 2-yard touchdown transfer to left cope with Alejandro Villanueva to tie it at 10.
Boswell took the direct snap and threw a super transfer to a wide-open Villanueva — who was a receiver and tight end at Army and have change into the first Steelers O-lineman to catch a touchdown transfer since Ray Pinney in direction of the Browns in 1983.
“It was cool to see all of the blokes get excited like that for me, notably because of I imagine I dropped it in observe last week,” Villanueva talked about.
The Steelers frittered away a shot at 10 further elements throughout the first half.
Justin Simmons blocked Boswell’s 48-yard self-discipline goal try to safety Will Parks punched away the soccer merely as tight end Xavier Grimble was about to realize on a 24-yard catch-and-run. The ball went out of bounds finally zone for a touchback.
Steelers: T.J. Watt (wrist) and TE Vance McDonald (hip) left the game nevertheless every returned.
Broncos: CB Tramaine Brock (ribs), TE Jeff Heuerman (torso) and OLB Shaq Barrett (hip) didn’t return to movement after getting hurt.
Steelers: Return dwelling to host the Chargers in a single different must-see matchup.
Broncos: Journey to Cincinnati to face the league’s worst safety.