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Byron Leftwich shocks the world with 31-yard TD run

Byron Leftwich

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich stretches during the NFL football team’s practice on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Pittsburgh. Leftwich is to start Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Sadly for Al Michaels, Jack Buck beat him to the punch on “I don’t believe what I just saw.”

The Steelers opened Sunday Night Football in the most amazing way possible, with quarterback Byron Leftwich running 31 yards for a touchdown.

The Ravens seemed as shocked as Leftwich that he kept running, until he ended up in the end zone for a 7-0 lead. It was the longest run of the 32-year-old Leftwich’s career.

Leftwich wasn’t mobile when he was young, and wasn’t supposed to be able to do the kind of things a healthy Ben Roethlisberger does.

But he just did.

He appears to have hurt his right shoulder, but he’s still in the game. Maybe he’s just going to run spread option.