Last week, Mike Tomlin cost the Pittsburgh Steelers a draft pick by sticking his foot inbounds.
This week, Antonio Brown cost the Steelers any realistic shot at a playoff berth by sticking his foot out of bounds.
That’s the kind of season it’s been.
The Steelers trailed by six on the game’s final play when Ben Roethlisberger completed a pass to Emmanuel Sanders at the Steelers’ 33-yard line.
With no time left on the clock, Sanders lateraled to Jerricho Cotchery.
Cotchery lateraled to Le’Veon Bell.
Bell lateraled to Marcus Gilbert.
Gilbert lateraled to Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger lateraled to Brown.
At this point, the ball was on the opposite side of the field, and Brown found an opening. He ran 67 yards down the left sideline, all the way to the end zone.
For a second, it looked like Steelers fans would fondly remember the Immaculate Lateral for decades to come.
Sanders, Cotchery, Bell, Gilbert, Roethlisberger and Brown connected like rosary beads across the thin sheet of snow to answer the Steelers’ prayer.
All they needed was Shaun Suisham’s extra point, and the Steelers would beat the Dolphins with a miracle for the ages.
Except that Brown stepped out of bounds at the 15-yard line.