Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton made a remarkable sideline during Thursday night’s NFL season opener against the New England Patriots.
With the Patriots leading 21–11 late in the third quarter, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dropped back on a first-and-10 from New England’s 45-yard line. After a quick play fake, found himself with time in the pocket. After signaling a receiver toward the right sideline, he tossed a pass in that direction. The pass was slightly behind Wheaton, who jumped and turned to haul in the pass while getting both feet inbounds for a 26-yard gain.
The Steelers kept driving into the fourth quarter, but settled for a 24-yard Josh Scobee field goal to draw within 21–14 of the Patriots’ lead.
- Mike Fiammetta