National Football League
           === Dolphins survive last-second scare, down Steelers ===
 Pittsburgh, PA ( - The Pittsburgh Steelers nearly pulled off
 a  miracle, but  Antonio Brown barely stepped  out of bounds on his way to the
 end  zone on a  final play that featured five laterals, and the Miami Dolphins
 escaped snowy Heinz Field with a 34-28 victory.
 Charles  Clay's gritty  12-yard touchdown  catch with  2:53 remaining  put the
 Dolphins in front and Caleb Sturgis added a 27-yard field goal for a six-point
 margin before the Steelers got one final chance.
 They almost pulled it off in a finish that would have rivaled the Cal-Stanford
 collegiate game from 1982.
 Facing  4th-and-9 from  his own  21  with just  a few  seconds remaining,  Ben
 Roethlisberger's pass was caught up the right sideline and the laterals began.
 Roethlisberger  wound  up with the ball  again and flung it toward Brown along
 the  left sideline  near the  Pittsburgh 40.  Brown eluded  a couple  of Miami
 defenders  and took it  all the way to the end zone for what would have been a
 stunning finish, but officials ruled he stepped on the sideline at the 13-yard
 line to end the game.
 "I tried to make a play," said Brown. "I thought I had it clean."
 The  Dolphins appeared on their way to another narrow defeat, trailing by four
 late  in  the fourth quarter with  the ball deep  in their own end, but Daniel
 Thomas  broke free for  a 55-yard run to set up a first down at the Pittsburgh
 16 and two plays later Ryan Tannehill hit Clay in the flat.
 Clay shook off Pittsburgh defensive backs Troy Polamalu and Cortez Allen, kept
 his  feet on the snowy  field and raced the rest of the way to the end zone to
 give Miami a 31-28 edge.
 The  Steelers  then turned  the ball  over on  downs inside  their own 20 when
 Roethlisberger's  fourth-down run came up a yard short and the Dolphins tacked
 on Sturgis' field goal with 1:08 left to set up the wild finish.
 "Not  enough  playmaking by  us," said Steelers  coach Mike Tomlin. "Obviously
 enough playmaking by them."
 Tannehill completed 20-of-33 passes for 201 yards with three touchdowns and an
 interception  that was  returned for  a  Pittsburgh score.  Clay caught  seven
 passes  for 98 yards  with two scores and Thomas finished with 105 yards on 16
 carries  for Miami (7-6),  which has won two straight for the first time since
 opening the season with three consecutive wins.
 The  Dolphins had their largest scoring output of the season and remained tied
 with Baltimore for the final AFC wild card spot. The Ravens own the tiebreaker
 based on a Week 5 win in Miami.
 "We  talked to the  guys last night and told the guys this is the start of the
 fourth  quarter of our season and that play in the fourth quarter was going to
 be  important and that we were going to have to step up to make some plays and
 that's exactly what happened," said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.
 Roethlisberger  threw three  touchdown passes for the Steelers (5-8), who have
 lost two straight after a three-game winning streak and saw their already slim
 playoff hopes virtually dashed.
 Pittsburgh trailed 17-7 after the Dolphins scored on their first possession of
 the second half, then took the lead with a pair of quick touchdowns.
 Roethlisberger  answered  the Miami  touchdown with  43-yard scoring strike to
 Brown  just four plays after the kickoff and Polamalu picked off Tannehill two
 plays  into the  next Dolphins possession. Polamalu raced 19 yards for the go-
 ahead  score, leaping  over a group of  players and sticking the ball over the
 plane of the goal line to give the Steelers a 21-17 lead.
 Back  came  Miami, as  a 40-yard pass  to Clay  on third down  led to a 4-yard
 Tannehill  touchdown pass  to Brian  Hartline.  The play  was initially  ruled
 incomplete  as Hartline made the catch in the front corner of the end zone and
 landed out of bounds, but it was overturned on a Miami challenge.
 Pittsburgh  marched right back  down the field and again moved in front on the
 first  play  of the  fourth quarter when  Roethlisberger hit Jerricho Cotchery
 with  a 16-yard touchdown  pass to cap a 78-yard drive that included a pair of
 third-down conversions.
 The  next two  Miami possessions ended in quick punts before Tannehill got the
 ball  at  his own 20 with  4 1/2 minutes remaining  and got the big plays from
 Thomas and Clay.
 Each  team  went three-and-out  on its  first possession in  the snow, but the
 Steelers marched 74 yards on 12 plays with their second offensive series for a
 touchdown.  They  converted a trio  of third  downs on the seven-minute drive,
 including a 5-yard scoring strike to Emmanuel Sanders for the score.
 The  Dolphins  answered with a 30-yard  field goal from Sturgis. Tannehill did
 most  of  the damage  on the eight-play  set with his  legs, rushing for eight
 yards  to convert  3rd-and-3 and following with a career-long 48-yard run on a
 read option.
 After  a trade  of punts, Cameron Wake forced a fumble from Roethlisberger and
 the  Dolphins cashed  in the short field to take the lead. Tannehill completed
 each of his three passes on the 31-yard drive, the first two to former Steeler
 Mike  Wallace for 19 yards -- his only two catches of the game -- and the last
 a 6-yard toss to a wide open Clay for the touchdown.
 Miami  blocked a Steelers  punt with 40 seconds left in the half and took over
 at  the  Pittsburgh 42.  Sturgis soon after  came on for  a 52-yard field goal
 attempt toward the open end of the stadium that came up short and Polamalu was
 there  to take it back. Polamalu found a wall of Dolphins and threw a lateral,
 but Steve McLendon was tackled without difficulty as time expired in the half.
 Conditions  improved after  the break  and the  Dolphins took  the second-half
 kickoff  80  yards for a  score. Tannehill  converted 3rd-and-1 with a 20-yard
 pass to Clay and also found Thomas out of the backfield for another first down
 on  3rd-and-4 inside  the 10. Thomas scored  from the four on the next play to
 increase the Miami lead to 17-7.
                                   Game Notes
 Roethlisberger  surpassed Terry Bradshaw's club record of 212 career touchdown
 passes  with  his first-quarter toss  to Sanders  ... The Dolphins had allowed
 just  one touchdown  reception by  a wide  receiver entering  the contest  and
 surrendered three to the Steelers ... Miami running back Lamar Miller left the
 contest in the first half with a concussion ... The Dolphins have at least one
 takeaway  in each  game  this  season ...  Polamalu  notched  his 32nd  career
 interception  and  third touchdown ...  Miami coach  Joe Philbin is 6-for-6 on
 challenges this season ... The Dolphins snapped a five-game series slide.
 12/08 19:01:58 ET