ARLINGTON, Texas (93-7 THE FAN) — Before the Ben Roethlisberger interception in overtime, there was another play that, arguably, beget the Steelers’ undoing in Dallas: an Antonio Brown fumble on special teams that cost his team a chance to possibly shorten the game with a 24-17 lead.

“I was down around the line of scrimmage, so I couldn’t see the length of the ball, and some of those things, in terms of how it unfolded. Obviously we like to field the ball in the air in those circumstances if we can, but I can’t pass judgment, because I was watching the line of scrimmage,” head coach Mike Tomlin explained. It was fourth-and-short, so that’s where my attention was.”

“Just careless, man. Gotta do a better job protecting the ball in the open field, and definitely my fault,” Brown said after the 27-24 overtime loss in Cowboys Stadium. “We know we’ve got to get better. We know that’s not Steeler football. That’s not what we’re capable of.”

Brown was so bold as to say his team, entering the penultimate week of the regular season, is in search of an identity:

The Steelers host the Bengals under win-or-go-home circumstances Sunday at Heinz Field at 1:00 on KDKA-TV.

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