As usual, the first pass went to Amari Cooper. It was defended and the tipped pass luckily fell incomplete. The second play, Latavius Murray shot up the middle and took off for 44 yards. This set the Raiders up at the 22-yard-line. The next play Derek Carr went up high over the middle and Michael Crabtree pulled it down for the touchdown.
You knew the Steelers offense would get going at some point and that point was late in the first quarter. They marched down the field and into field goal range before they even lined up in third down. A field goal would pull them to 7-3.
A stalled drive gave the Steelers the ball back before the end of the first quarter. And on their first play, they went deep for Antonio Brown and Roethlisberger hit him for 59 yards. A few plays later, the Steelers punched it in up the middle to DeAngelo Williams. Instead of settling for a 10-7 lead, they went for two again to Williams who was wide open for the catch to put the Steelers up 11-7.
Staying true to the expected shootout, the Raiders would add another touchdown midway through the second quarter. Marquette King's punt was downed at the 2-yard-line to back the Steelers up to their own goal line. A three-and-out and a bad punt would give the Raiders great field position at the Pittsburgh 40-yard-line.
That drive began with Latavius Murray runs and finished with two-straight Amari Cooper catches for a first down and then a wide open touchdown to put the Raiders back up 14-11 with just over six minutes left in the second quarter.
Those six minutes were plenty for the Steelers to retake the lead and extend it. They drove for a touchdown, thanks in part to another big 41-yard connection between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. The Raiders answered with a three-and-out and with two minutes left, the Steelers drove for a touchdown to send it to the half with a 21-14 lead.
Antonio Brown had 10 catches for 180 yard in the first half. That's a career high for a first half by Brown. He has more yards than the entire Raiders offense (169) and more catches than all Raiders receivers combined (8).
Just as they did to begin the game, the Raiders struck first in the second half. It didn't come easy, though. Their first series looked like it ended with a fumble return for a touchdown. Latavius Murray had the ball popped out and Mike Mitchell recovered it to return it for a score. But he had stepped out of bounds when he recovered it which had the recovery overturned.
The Raiders would retain possession but had to punt. The punt was blocked, causing it to travel just 24 yards. The Raiders defense was able to hold, though and force the Steelers to punt.
Taking the ball at the 10-yard line, the Raiders went on a 90-yard drive in 9 plays to score a touchdown and tie the game at 21-21. They picked up yards in chunks on the drive, with the biggest chunk for 36 yards to Seth Roberts to set the Raiders up at the one-yard-line. They would score on a pass from Carr to tight end Clive Walford.
After that, the two teams exchanged turnovers. Firsts it was David Amerson who picked off Ben Roethlisvberger to five the Raiders the ball at the Pittsburgh 32-yard-line. But on the second play of the series, Latavius Murray was hit hard by Mike Mitchell and the ball came out where the Steelers took over. Murray appeared to have been concussed on the hit and left the field for evaluation.
The Steelers drove into scoring position, but the drive would stall at the 31-yard-line and the 49-yard field goal attempt missed wide to keep the score tied at 21.
After a 21-yard completion to Amari Cooper, the Raiders drive would stall. The Steelers got the ball back and on the second play, DeAngelo Williams went around the left end of the line for 53 yards. They would finish the 91-yard drive for the touchdown to take a 28-21 lead.
On the ensuring kickoff return, Taiwan Jones would fumble the ball to give the Steelers the ball at the Raiders 6-yard-line. Two plays later, it was tight end Jesse James wide open in the back of the end zone to put the Steelers up 35-21.
The Raiders offense got rolling again on the following drive as they answered to pull it to 35-28. On the drive, they lined up in first down on every play -- 12-yard catch by Amari Cooper, 19-yard catch by Seth Roberts, 10-yard catch by Lee Smith, 19-yard run by Jamize Olawale for the touchdown.
On the ensuing Steelers drive, the Raiders would get their first sack of the day. Aldon Smith took down Ben Roethlisberger, who would leave the game with an injured foot and not return.
Like so many other plays in this game, the Raiders returned the favor with a turnover in the return game. Antonio Brown set up to field a punt and muffed it to give the Raiders the ball at the Pittsburgh 39-yard-line. But they couldn't capitalize on it. Derek Carr threw to a well covered Clive Walford in the end zone and had the ball intercepted.
Landy Jones took the field at quarterback for the Steelers and they couldn't get past their own 30-yard-line. When the Raiders got the ball back, they would have 2:15 to go 69 yards to tie it. They did it in a minute, with the final two passes going to Crabtree for 14 yards, and then 38 yards for the score.
The Steelers would have 1:15 to drive into scoring position and they would have to do it without Ben Roethlisberger. Turns out they didn't need him, because they had Antonio Brown. Jones would connect with Brown for 57 yards on the drive. After that they ran the clock down and kicked the game winning field goal to pull out the 38-35 win.
Brown's final catch gave him a Steelers franchise record 17 catches for 284 yards.
Overall the Raiders gave up a franchise record in yards 597 yards to the opposing team. That included 170 yards on 27 carries by DeAngelo Williams. The Raiders were the 2nd rated run defense coming into the game.
The Raiders fall to 4-4 on the season. They are still in the wild card race, but fall behind the Steelers (5-4) and Jets (5-3) who both won today.