Watch: Joshua Dobbs’ first NFL pass is incredible completion to JuJu Smith-Schuster

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We all know how tough Ben Roethlisberger is, but on Sunday an unfortunate situation for “Big Ben” turned into a fortuitous opportunity for backup quarterback Joshua Dobbs and the Steelers offense.

As the fourth quarter was just getting underway, the Baltimore Ravens had the ball. Vince Williams and Bud Dupree turned up the heat in pressuring Joe Flacco and the resulting sack forced the Ravens into a three-and-out. After the punt, the Steelers offense got the ball at their own 15-yard line. Things got a little weird and the Ravens were looking for an opportunity to either grab a safety or capitalize on a Pittsburgh error as Roethlisberger had his back to his own end zone.

Roethlisberger took the snap and was forced out of the pocket almost immediately, running for the sideline and the first-down marker to his right. Za’Darius Smith and his 272 (listed) pounds came crashing down as Roethlisberger went to the ground. The initial thought was that Roethlisberger had injured his throwing shoulder as the two went to the turf.

Out trotted Dobbs as Roethlisberger was tended to on the sideline. The second-year play-caller could have been sent in with a conservative, play-it-safe play with the ball at the Steelers’ 5-yard line due to a holding penalty called on Alejandro Villanueva during the play where Roethlisberger was injured. Facing second-and-20, Dobbs came out and threw a smoking hot dart over the middle of the field to a wide open JuJu Smith-Schuster for a critical first down. The brilliant pass-and-catch went for 22 yards and illustrated that Dobbs has apparently gathered zero rust while manning the sideline.

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