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Broncos snap Steelers' six-game winning streak 24-17

DENVER (AP) For a man who tips the scales at close to 300 pounds, nose tackle Shelby Harris sure gets overlooked a lot.

Ben Roethlisberger didn't see him Sunday when Harris intercepted his pass to Antonio Brown from the Denver 2 with 1:03 remaining, sealing the Broncos' 24-17 win that snapped the Pittsburgh Steelers' six-game winning streak.

''Of all the interceptions I've thrown it's one of the most fluky I've been associated with,'' Roethlisberger said. ''I never thought in a million years a defensive lineman would get blocked off the ball that far, right into an interception.''

The Broncos (5-6), who ended the Chargers' six-game winning streak last week, weren't surprised by Harris' big play.

After getting cut seven times by the Raiders, Jets and Cowboys, Harris has finally made a name for himself in the last year and a half in Denver.

''I love Shelby. He's worked his tail off,'' teammate Chris Harris Jr. said. ''He's a guy that came out of nowhere and people kept cutting him and cutting him and he just kept fighting, man. I love Shelby and the effort that he has. He always makes plays for us.''

Not like this.

''I got to prove to everyone that I have the best hands on the team,'' Harris said of his first career interception, which came 48 hours after he missed Friday's practice for the birth of his daughter.

Maybe Roethlisberger didn't see him, Shelby Harris said, ''but the ball saw me.''

''All I saw,'' Brown said, ''was an interception.''

Harris kept the football and said he would take it with him to the hospital to see his wife and newborn afterward.

The Broncos used four takeaways to counter a 97-yard touchdown toss from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster and hand the Steelers (7-3-1) their first loss since September.

''It's going to be a quiet plane ride home,'' said Smith-Schuster, whose 13 catches for 189 yards weren't enough to keep Pittsburgh from losing for just the second time in its last 18 regular-season road games.

Cornerback Bradley Roby and safety Darian Stewart were burned on Smith-Schuster's long touchdown grab, but they made up for it when they teamed up on the final play of the third quarter for Denver's third takeaway .

''I knew I had to do something,'' said Roby, who forced James Connor to cough up the football after a 23-yard gain. Stewart recovered it at the Denver 21.

The Broncos then went 79 yards in 11 plays with Phillip Lindsay , who gained 110 yards on just 14 carries, taking it in from the 2 to break a 17-17 tie.

BIG BEN

Roethlisberger was 41 of 56 for 462 yards, extending his NFL record with his sixth 450-yard passing game.

His only TD came in a highly unlikely situation, with the Steelers backed up at their 3. Backpedaling, Roethlisberger uncorked his pass just as Shelby Harris knocked him on his back in the end zone.

''They got pressure really quick,'' Roethlisberger said. ''I saw JuJu went inside and I just let it go.''

Smith-Schuster, who raced past Roby, hauled it in at the Pittsburgh 35, cut toward the Broncos' sideline and stiff-armed Stewart on his way to breaking a 10-10 tie.

His 97-yard TD matched the longest pass play in franchise history, and was one yard shy of the longest TD the Broncos had ever surrendered, a 98-yard run by Green Bay's Ahman Green in 2003.

''That's a great quarterback making a great play to a great receiver,'' Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe said. ''You've just got to bounce back and figure out a way to get past it, and we did.''

FAKE FIELD GOAL

Roethlisberger had 25 completions by halftime, the most in the first half in the regular season by a Steelers QB since 1960, but it took a fake field goal for Pittsburgh to reach the end zone.

Kicker Chris Boswell threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to left tackle Alejandro Villanueva to tie it at 10.

Boswell took the direct snap and threw a perfect pass to a wide-open Villanueva - who was a receiver and tight end at Army and became the first Steelers O-lineman to catch a touchdown pass since Ray Pinney against the Browns in 1983.

''It was cool to see all the guys get excited like that for me, especially because I think I dropped it in practice last week,'' Villanueva said.

BLOWN CHANCES

The Steelers frittered away a shot at 10 more points in the first half.

Justin Simmons blocked Boswell's 48-yard field goal attempt and safety Will Parks punched away the football just as tight end Xavier Grimble was about to score on a 24-yard catch-and-run. The ball went out of bounds in the end zone for a touchback.

INJURIES

Steelers: T.J. Watt (wrist) and TE Vance McDonald (hip) left the game but both returned.

Broncos: CB Tramaine Brock (ribs), TE Jeff Heuerman (torso) and OLB Shaq Barrett (hip) didn't return to action after getting hurt.

UP NEXT

Steelers: Return home to host the Chargers in another must-see matchup.

Broncos: Travel to Cincinnati to face the league's worst defense.

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Key Players
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
189 ReYds, ReTD, 13 RECs
24
FPTS
C. Keenum 4 QB
197 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, -3 RuYds
19
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:17
B.McManus extra point is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
plays
yds
pos
17
24
Touchdown 9:17
P.Lindsay up the middle for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
79
yds
5:43
pos
17
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:30
B.McManus extra point is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 5:30
C.Keenum pass short right to E.Sanders for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
43
yds
00:37
pos
17
16
Point After TD 10:32
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
17
10
Touchdown 10:32
B.Roethlisberger pass deep middle to J.Smith-Schuster for 97 yards TOUCHDOWN [S.Harris].
1
plays
97
yds
00:15
pos
16
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:00
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
10
10
Touchdown 0:03
C.Boswell pass short right to A.Villanueva for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
75
yds
3:27
pos
9
10
Point After TD 3:27
B.McManus extra point is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
plays
yds
pos
3
10
Touchdown 3:27
C.Keenum pass short left to M.LaCosse for 10 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
3:02
pos
3
9
Field Goal 6:34
C.Boswell 41 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
9
plays
56
yds
5:20
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:31
B.McManus 41 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
8
plays
39
yds
3:10
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 35:00 25:00
1st Downs 25 17
Rushing 4 5
Passing 19 12
Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Conv 5-14 3-11
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 529 308
Total Plays 76 53
Avg Gain 7.0 5.8
Net Yards Rushing 75 124
Rush Attempts 16 23
Avg Rush Yards 4.7 5.4
Net Yards Passing 454 184
Comp. - Att. 43-59 15-28
Yards Per Pass 7.7 6.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-12 2-13
Penalties - Yards 5-34 6-50
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 3 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 0
Fumbles - Lost 4-2 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 3-42.3 6-46.0
Return Yards 6 6
Punts - Returns 3-6 1-6
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-0
Kicking 3/4 4/4
Extra Points 2/2 3/3
Field Goals 1/2 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 3-4 -75%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 3-3 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Steelers 7-3-1 0107017
Broncos 5-6 377724
454 PASS YDS 184
75 RUSH YDS 124
529 TOTAL YDS 308
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.2% 462 1 2 88.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.1% 3664 24 12 95.9
B. Roethlisberger 41/56 462 1 2 21
C. Boswell 9 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 2 1 0 118.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 2 1 0 118.8
C. Boswell 1/1 2 1 0 11
A. Brown 84 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
A. Brown 0/1 0 0 0 6
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Conner 30 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 53 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
186 849 10
J. Conner 13 53 0 11 7
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 94 3
B. Roethlisberger 2 18 0 12 21
R. Switzer 10 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 18 0
R. Switzer 1 4 0 4 6
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
24
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
17 13 189 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 77 1055 4
J. Smith-Schuster 17 13 189 1 97 24
R. Switzer 10 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 67 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 214 1
R. Switzer 8 6 67 0 24 6
A. Brown 84 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 9 67 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 71 874 11
A. Brown 13 9 67 0 14 6
J. Conner 30 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 49 453 1
J. Conner 4 4 42 0 23 7
J. James 81 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 35 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 26 379 2
J. James 4 4 35 0 13 3
V. McDonald 89 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 444 3
V. McDonald 5 3 27 0 9 2
X. Grimble 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 70 0
X. Grimble 1 1 23 0 23 0
J. Samuels 38 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 34 1
J. Samuels 2 1 12 0 12 1
A. Villanueva 78 T
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 2 1
A. Villanueva 1 1 2 1 2 6
J. Washington 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 77 1
J. Washington 3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Edmunds 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-11 1 0.0
T. Edmunds 8-1 0.0 0 0
L. Fort 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-2 0 1.0
L. Fort 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Haden 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-5 1 0.0
J. Haden 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Bostic 51 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-26 0 2.0
J. Bostic 3-1 0.0 0 0
V. Williams 98 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-24 1 4.0
V. Williams 3-0 1.0 0 0
S. Davis 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-13 0 0.0
S. Davis 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Sensabaugh 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-5 0 0.0
C. Sensabaugh 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Heyward 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-11 0 5.5
C. Heyward 2-1 0.5 0 0
T. Alualu 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-7 0 0.0
T. Alualu 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Conner 30 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Conner 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hargrave 79 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-11 0 5.5
J. Hargrave 1-3 0.5 0 0
T. Watt 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-13 0 10.0
T. Watt 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Okorafor 76 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Okorafor 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Burnett 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-10 0 0.0
M. Burnett 0-1 0.0 0 0
K. Canaday 57 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Canaday 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
9/13 33/37
C. Boswell 1/2 41 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 44.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
47 44.0 19
J. Berry 3 44.3 2 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 2.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 8.5 23 0
R. Switzer 3 2.0 6 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Keenum 4 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.6% 197 2 0 99.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.6% 2802 13 10 84.6
C. Keenum 15/28 197 2 0 19
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
P. Lindsay 30 RB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 110 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
135 780 6
P. Lindsay 14 110 1 32 17
R. Freeman 28 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
84 349 5
R. Freeman 6 17 0 5 1
C. Keenum 4 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 32 1
C. Keenum 3 -3 0 -1 19
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Sanders 10 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 7 86 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 67 849 4
E. Sanders 12 7 86 1 38 14
J. Heuerman 82 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 281 2
J. Heuerman 3 2 44 0 29 4
M. LaCosse 83 TE
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 34 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 171 1
M. LaCosse 4 3 34 1 17 9
C. Sutton 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 473 2
C. Sutton 4 1 14 0 14 1
D. Hamilton 17 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 61 0
D. Hamilton 2 1 13 0 13 1
D. Booker 23 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 168 0
D. Booker 2 1 6 0 6 0
B. Parker 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
B. Parker 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Davis 51 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
59-23 1 0.0
T. Davis 8-2 0.0 0 0
J. Simmons 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-16 2 0.0
J. Simmons 6-2 0.0 0 0
B. Roby 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-2 1 0.0
B. Roby 6-0 0.0 0 1
C. Harris 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-9 3 1.0
C. Harris 6-0 0.0 1 0
J. Jewell 47 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-12 0 0.0
J. Jewell 4-2 0.0 0 0
W. Parks 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-14 0 0.0
W. Parks 3-3 0.0 0 1
T. Brock 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-3 0 0.0
T. Brock 3-0 0.0 0 0
B. Langley 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Langley 2-0 0.0 0 0
I. Yiadom 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
I. Yiadom 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Chubb 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-13 0 9.0
B. Chubb 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Gotsis 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-9 0 1.0
A. Gotsis 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Stewart 26 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-11 1 1.0
D. Stewart 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Wolfe 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-7 1 1.0
D. Wolfe 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Cravens 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
S. Cravens 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Barrett 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-5 0 3.0
S. Barrett 1-0 1.0 0 0
Z. Kerr 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-14 0 1.0
Z. Kerr 1-4 0.0 0 0
V. Miller 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-17 1 10.5
V. Miller 0-2 0.5 0 0
S. Harris 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 1 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-10 1 0.5
S. Harris 0-3 0.5 1 0
K. Bierria 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
K. Bierria 0-1 0.0 0 0
S. Ray 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 1.0
S. Ray 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. McManus 8 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
15/18 27/27
B. McManus 1/1 41 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Wadman 3 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 47.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
38 44.1 12
C. Wadman 6 47.0 1 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Cracraft 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 5.5 6 0
R. Cracraft 1 6.0 6 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 PIT 23 3:55 10 47 FG Miss
6:26 PIT 25 6:37 12 74 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:49 PIT 21 5:20 9 56 FG
3:27 PIT 25 3:27 12 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 25 2:03 4 2 Punt
10:47 PIT 3 0:15 1 97 TD
9:34 PIT 23 3:27 6 30 INT
5:30 PIT 25 1:10 4 16 Punt
3:16 PIT 37 3:16 5 40 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:17 PIT 25 2:07 5 27 Punt
4:26 PIT 44 3:23 10 54 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DEN 25 1:29 3 5 Punt
9:36 DEN 38 3:10 8 39 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 DEN 20 3:00 7 22 Punt
6:29 DEN 25 3:02 6 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:57 DEN 27 2:10 5 20 Punt
10:32 DEN 25 0:58 3 2 Punt
6:07 PIT 43 0:37 2 43 TD
4:20 DEN 10 1:04 3 2 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DEN 21 5:43 11 79 TD
7:10 DEN 16 2:44 3 -1 Punt
1:03 DEN 20 1:03 3 -3 Game