The one person who may have been just as happy when Sanders scored what appeared to be a tiebreaking touchdown was Derek Moye.
“I was thinking to myself, ‘Thank you,’” said Moye, who had been blocking on the return.
Sanders appeared to provide the ultimate pick-me-up to his fellow wide receiver after Moye had dropped a touchdown pass earlier in the fourth quarter. Officials ruled that Sanders stepped out of bounds at the Steelers’ 34-yard line, but Shaun Suisham ultimately bailed out Moye when he drilled a 42-yard field goal as time expired.
Moye is one of a handful of players with Western Pennsylvania roots who will suit up Sunday when Pittsburgh visits Oakland. And the good news for the Steelers is Moye’s confidence doesn’t appear to have been shaken by his untimely drop.
Evidence of that could be gleaned from the answer the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder provided when asked if he could take any consolation that he had beaten Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb on the play.
“I always expect to beat the man covering me regardless of who it is, regardless of the coverage,” said Moye, who earlier in the game had made a superb catch, holding onto a 19-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger after getting upended by Ravens safety Matt Elam. “That’s a play I expect to make and I’m sure if I get a chance again, whenever that may be, I’m going to make up for it.”
Roethlisberger has enough confidence that Moye will atone for his drop that he didn’t chide the latter after the Steelers missed a golden opportunity to seize control of the game.
“I don’t think a lot needed to be said to him,” Roethlisberger said. “It was one play that wasn’t made and I’m sure he’ll make it next time.”