For the second week in a row, the Steelers' hopes for a win have come down to a special teams play in a game's closing moments.
In Cleveland, it was multiple times, actually. It was aiming at a place kick, crowded around every photographer who could fit in a square yard on the Steelers' side of the field and waiting for Chris Boswell to eventually miss the potential winner.
Then it was aiming downfield as Cleveland's own potential winner was kicked low and into T.J. Watt.
Generally, with special teams, you know what the ideal outcome is and the perspective from which you should photograph it.
Sunday, with the Steelers watching the clock wind under 20 seconds remaining, and with a blocked punt remaining as the best possible chance to achieve a victory, I positioned myself with punter Dustin Colquitt's No. 2 square in front of me. Another easy-to-determine shooting location for a pivotal play.
I focused on him, fired away a burst as the snap came to him, and watched as it just sailed over the outstretched hands of Tyler Matakevich. That's when Matakevich's momentum took him through Colquitt and onto the ground on top of him as a yellow flag poured in.
It ended the Steelers' hopes for victory by extending the Chiefs' possession by 15 yards, and a Patrick Mahomes kneeldown sent the Steelers to 0-1-1.
The first photo you see above is Matakevich closing his eyes over Colquitt, presumably knowing that by nearly giving the Steelers a breath of life, he ended their chances completely. Following that is the rest of the game's action.