Officials miss Steelers timeout, costing Ben Roethlisberger final walk-off at Heinz Field

Ben Roethlisberger has played what is probably his last game at Heinz Field. It wasn’t pretty, as the Steelers quarterback admitted on the ESPN broadcast, but it resulted in a 26-14 win over the Browns, improving their lifetime record against rivals AFC North to 25-3-1. .

Roethlisberger may have picked up a win in his last home start, but he didn’t exactly get the perfect send-off. He finished the game completing 24 of 46 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown to an interception. And it looked like Steelers rookie running back Najee Harris, who rushed for 188 yards and a score in the win, had cost Roethlisberger a starting opportunity after a 37-yard touchdown run with 51 seconds left.

Fortunately for Roethlisberger, he was able to see the field one last time. Tre Norwood’s interception of Baker Mayfield with 10 seconds left gave the 18-year-old quarterback that opportunity. And, with a timeout remaining, the Steelers had the opportunity, which they seized, to put a finishing touch on their future Hall of Famer.

The only problem: the umpires missed coach Mike Tomlin’s time-out signal. They let the game clock go to zero after a Roethlisberger got down on his knees, denying him the long walk.

A smiling Tomlin confirmed in his post game press conference that he tried to get Roethlisberger off the field, saying, “I was (calling for a time-out). I shot him. I shot him.”

For his part, Roethlisberger seemed happy just to have the chance to step onto the field one last time. He was clearly excited in his post-game interview with “Monday Night Football” band reporter Lisa Salters; he admitted he didn’t think he would come out after Harris’s touchdown.

“The best offensive play is when you can get down on your knees,” Roethlisberger said. “And I have to do it one more time.”