Josh Dobbs was called upon in a big moment on Sunday, and he delivered.
The former Tennessee quarterback is in his second year in the NFL, and he had yet to attempt a pass in a regular season game. But that changed on Sunday when he had to enter the game after starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was thrown to the ground and came up shaken up for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon.
Roethlisberger went down hard and was taken to the sideline as the Steelers were taking on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Josh Dobbs was inserted into the game in a tight spot, taking over at the Steelers’ own five-yard line in the fourth quarter with Pittsburgh leading 20-13.
Dobbs took the snap under center, ran a play-action fake, then looked around out of his own end zone and found his receiver for a 22-yard gain and a big first down.
Jeff Fowler caught the video of Dobbs’ first NFL pass completion:
‘That might have been the play of the game, the Dobbs pass’ (Dan Foust in-game commentary) @BaldyNFL @josh_dobbs1 #NFL #SteelersvsRavens pic.twitter.com/WHZ1AXpqoA
— Jeff Fowler (@jeffdfowler) November 4, 2018
Unfortunately for Dobbs, he was taken out the very next play as Roethlisberger returned from the big hit he took a play earlier. But Dobbs got the Steelers out of the shadow of their own end zone, and the Steelers would go on kick a field goal on that possession and extend their lead to 23-13.
Dobbs would never enter the game again, finishing the day 1-of-1 for 22 yards. The Steelers won the game 23-16.
Coming into Sunday’s game, Dobbs hadn’t attempted a pass in the NFL yet, but he had made a few appearances. He’s officially been credited with two carries for negative four yards on the season, and Sunday marked only his third official appearance in a game this season and in his NFL career.