OAKLAND -- Sure, Darren McFadden had a 64-yard touchdown run. Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes. And Sebastian Janikowski had to navigate the lip of the baseball infield to kick his game-winning 43-yard field goal.But perhaps the biggest play of the game for the Raiders in their 34-31 defeat of Pittsburgh on Sunday?You'd have a hard time finding anyone to dispute Pat Lee's strip of Antonio Brown early in the fourth quarter after Brown had hauled in a 20-yard reception."Huge," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen. "Listen, at the end of the day, the fact that we were able to win a football game, that's huge for the confidence of this football team. And it doesn't matter how we win the football game, we just have to have one more point than they do at the end of the game. We were able to do that today."Had Lee not stripped the ball loose, and Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler not recovered it, the Steelers would have been at the Raiders' 36-yard line and holding a 31-28 lead with just under 11 minutes to play. Instead, the Raiders turned the turnover into a game-tying field goal the other way.It was the first forced fumble of Lee's career, as well as the first fumble recovery of Wheeler's career.As expected, Michael Huff started at cornerback, opposite Lee, and while he struggled at times, he was more than serviceable."Free safety is more, you see the whole offense," Huff said. "You can see the play as it develops. Whereas at corner you're playing man-to-man and back to the ball so you really don't know what's going on. You've just got find a way to make plays."Huff had four tackles in his first career start at cornerback.Besides Darrius Heyward-Bey being taken to Eden Medical Center following the vicious helmet-to-helmet (non-flagged) hit by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy, the only other Raiders injury announced was a concussion to tight end Brandon Myers.Mundy also cracked Myers with a helmet-to-helmet blow, though it was not a penalty because Myers was not defenseless. The Raiders did not commit a penalty in the first half and finished with three for 25 yards, while the Steelers were flagged 10 times for 81 yardsMcFadden's 64-yard TD run was a franchise-record against Pittsburgh, eclipsing the 36-yard score by Charlie Garner on Sept. 15, 2002Sebastian Janikowski's 43-yard game-winning field goal was his 12th career game-winninggame-tying kickMarcel Reece had a career-high four receptions for 27 yards.
Raiders notes: Lee with the play of the game?
September 24, 2012, 4:14 am