Oakland 34, Pittsburgh 31

Date - 4:25 PM EST, Sunday, September 23, 2012
Location - O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Temperature - 69°
Head Official - Calvin White
Attendance - 62373

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Pittsburgh 14 3 14 0 31
Oakland 7 7 7 13 34

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 1-2 1-0 0-2 L1
Oakland 1-2 1-1 0-1 W1

Recap


Raiders 34, Steelers 31:
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired and the Raiders gave Dennis Allen his first win as a head coach in upsetting the visiting Steelers.

Darren McFadden ran for 113 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders (1-2), who scored the final 13 points and redeemed themselves after last week's disheartening 35-13 loss to the rebuilding Dolphins. The win doubled as a nice birthday gift for Allen, who turned 40 on Saturday.

Oakland had to overcome a huge day from Ben Roethlisberger, who was 36-of-49 for 384 yards and four touchdowns. Meanwhile, Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards and three scores against a Pittsburgh (1-2) team missing Troy Polamalu (calf) and James Harrison (knee) for a second straight week.

After Oakland forced Pittsburgh to punt, Palmer guided the Raiders 49 yards in eight plays. He connected with Derek Hagan on a 17-yard pass that moved Oakland into field goal territory. Two plays later, Janikowski split the uprights.

After a Palmer touchdown pass to Denarius Moore cut the Pittsburgh lead to 31-28, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, who recovered his own fumble in the end zone for a touchdown late in the third quarter, was stripped of the ball after a reception. The resulting turnover led to a 32-yard field goal by Janikowski that tied the game at 31 with just over six minutes to play.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Steelers racked up 235 yards in the first half and dominated time of possession (21:36-8:04). ... Roethlisberger came up limping early in the third quarter after Philip Wheeler lunged at his knee following a pass attempt. But he looked just fine later on in the drive when he scrambled around to buy time and hit a wide-open Mike Wallace in the back of the end zone for a 24-14 lead. ... There was a scary moment early in the fourth as Raiders' receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was removed on a stretcher after a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers safety Ryan Mundy in the back of the end zone. After lying motionless on the field for about 10 minutes, Heyward-Bey gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was carted off. which drew a huge applause. Mundy was not whistled for a penalty on the play.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Pittsburgh   Oakland
Isaac Redman Player Darren McFadden
9 Attempts 18
27 Yards 113
3.0 Avg Yards 6.3
0 Touchdowns 1
7 Long 64
Receiving
Pittsburgh   Oakland
Mike Wallace Player Brandon Myers
8 Receptions 4
123 Yards 55
15.4 Avg Yards 13.8
1 Touchdowns 0
22 Long 17

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Pittsburgh 433 54 379 4 1 1 1.0 0
Oakland 321 119 202 4 2 0 1.0 4

Upcoming Games

  • Oakland will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Raiders have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Steelers have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .333 after a loss.