“It’s tough to go out like that,” Smith-Schuster said after the game. “I got tackled, I fumbled, game over. I was just trying to get down. They made a good play.”
Smith-Schuster, 22, continued to be critical of himself Monday, even after a game in which he had 11 catches for 115 yards — becoming the youngest NFL player ever to reach 100 receptions in a season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
With the loss, the Steelers dropped out of first place in the AFC North for the first time since October. To win the division title, Pittsburgh (8-6-1) needs to beat Cincinnati next Sunday and have Baltimore (9-6) lose at home to Cleveland.
If that doesn’t happen, the Steelers would need the unlikely scenario of an Indianapolis-Tennessee tie to earn a wild card.
“All we have is a chance,” Cam Heyward said. “We just have to go play Cincinnati this week and get a win. You never know what can happen.”
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and The Associated Press contributed to this report.