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Plays that shaped the season: No. 5

Here is the next installment of plays that shaped the Steelers’ season.

No. 5

The play: The Steelers failed to convert a two-point conversion at Baltimore after wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders dropped a back-shoulder throw in the end zone.

The situation: The Steelers, who had trailed by 12 points early in the fourth quarter, sandwiched touchdowns around a Ravens field goal and were in position to tie the game after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. Roethlisberger put the two-point conversion pass on the money but Sanders couldn’t make the catch. The drop defined Sanders’ season as much as the big plays he made throughout it after the Steelers failed to recover the ensuing onside kick with just over a minute left in the game.

Why it mattered: The Steelers would have taken all of the momentum into overtime had they converted the two-point conversion even with an offensive line that had been decimated by in-game injuries. Had the Steelers, who put together three long touchdown drives in the second half, beaten the Ravens in overtime, it would have given them a four-game winning streak and evened their record at 6-6. A 3-1 finish, which the Steelers achieved even with a bad loss to the Miami Dolphins, would have put them in the playoffs.