The DBs kind of got lost. They got turned around. They lost track of him, Roethlisberger said. So it looks really bad. It looks like I missed him, and sometimes those things happen.
But that wasn’t what happened on this particular play. Roethlisberger read the defense and decided to work away from Brown because of the coverage.
Roethlisberger said that Brown may be one of the best wideouts to ever play the game, and outbursts like this one take away from what he does on the field.
So I don’t know that he needs to react that way, Roethlisberger said. He’s superhuman on the football field, and when that happens, it almost brings him back to being a mere mortal, if you will, because it just gets in his head and it just messes with all of us a little bit.
Peterson had a 45-yard run called back because of an illegal use of hands penalty. On the next play, Fitzgerald fumbled and Lavonte David returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. The 2wo-point conversion cut the Arizona lead to 31-20 with 12:56 to play.
Asiata couldn’t quite comprehend it. He had just seen him in the huddle, had lined up behind him at running back for a play in a noncontact drill. Nobody ever gets badly hurt in a noncontact drill. Asiata listened to the screams and thought: He must be faking it. It’s a prank, something Teddy thought up with the linemen. This can’t be real.
But the noise kept coming, and the trainers filled the void left by the scattered bodies. Asiata ran back toward Bridgewater and then veered off. He and a couple of teammates took a knee and said a prayer. They closed their eyes to pray for their teammate. They closed their eyes so they wouldn’t have to see.
Everything happens for a reason, Asiata says, without much conviction.