For most of the fourth quarter on Monday evening, it seemed fairly obvious that the Pittsburgh Steelers would hold off the Cleveland Browns to secure the team’s eighth win of the season. The Week 17 tilt — which was viewed as Ben Roethlisberger’s likely final home game — never ventured into full-on blowout territory down the stretch, but Cleveland’s offense wasn’t exactly firing on all cylinders and, other than Steelers fans or gamblers, there wasn’t much interest in the closing seconds of the game… outside of fantasy football.
With most championships decided in Week 17 this year, plenty of folks were keeping an eye on the action until the bitter end, and a wild play transpired with less than a minute to go that was decisive for some. On third down, Steelers running back Najee Harris broke through the line to secure a game-clinching first down.
Rather than fall down, however, Harris kept the legs churning and reached the end zone, giving the Steelers a double-digit win and swinging fantasy matchups in the process.
On one side, many fantasy players lamented the touchdown (and yardage) that cost them a title, bragging rights and funding.
I was ONE play away from a championship my first time playing fantasy and mf Najee Harris had to get a meaningless TD in the last minute man I’m sad
— Danna Ashkar (@danna_ashkar) January 4, 2022
najee harris bullshit garbage time breakout run literally just lost me the fantasy championship i am SICK
— jeff･:* (@beefshortribs) January 4, 2022
That Najee Harris meaningless touchdown just cost me a few grand. Worst fantasy loss of my life.
— Jay (@KingJay_89) January 4, 2022
@ohthatsNajee22 . Would’ve won my fantasy football championship for 500 bucks if it wasn’t for that final TD
— Chris Hazlett (@HazlettCw) January 4, 2022
Was up by 5 in the fantasy championship with 1 minute left in the Steelers Browns game. My opponent had Najee Harris. Needless to say I am retiring from fantasy football.
— Trevor Szelis (@tszelis16) January 4, 2022
Najee Harris garbage time TD just lost me my fantasy championship. No longer a Browns fan pic.twitter.com/X4HWC8EzS6
— Isaiah (@ZaySwoope) January 4, 2022
Then, there were those celebrating a very fortunate swing in their favor.
@ohthatsNajee22 i love you so much. Won me my fantasy super bowl on the touchdown run you just earned yourself a life long fan.
— Zach (@Zach_Master_54) January 4, 2022
Najee Harris won me my fantasy Super Bowl.. that is all
— Mikayla Boone (@_mikaylaboone) January 4, 2022
— Huncho3oH (@huncho3o) January 4, 2022
Najee Harris just won me my fantasy championship with a game winning touchdown pic.twitter.com/dxCY8OFVjb
— Timothy (@showtimetim10) January 4, 2022
Of course, this won’t be the last time that fantasy titles swing on something like this. Still, it can be brutal or joyous depending on which side you were on and, if you had the Browns teased up to +9, the feeling of angst may have crossed over from fantasy to handicapping.