In the past, it was a mortal, iron-clad lock that the Steelers would win if they held a 10-point lead at any point in a game.
Nowadays, in the pass-happy, offensive-friendly NFL, no lead is safe. If you take your foot off the pedal for even a minute, you can find yourself trudging back to the locker room in disgust very quickly.
For Steelers fans like me who were born and raised in the "defense wins championships" era of the NFL, this is not a welcome change. I don't watch college football because I like defense. It is not fun for me to see 70, 80, 90 points in a game.
Those days are moving into the past, however, and even relics like me need to move with the game into the 21st century.
If you had told me that the Steelers would take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter over the Raiders, having scored 31 points, I would have told you there was no way, no conceivable way, they lose.
Of course, protecting a lead involves two things the Steelers are struggling to do right now: run the ball and play defense.
Not being able to shorten the game by running the ball on Sunday probably gave the Raiders at least one more possession, if not two. And then not being able to stop the Raiders from erasing that lead with that extra possession or two ended up costing them the game.
The solution? Like some other teams (hello, New England), the Steelers are going to have to score 35-plus points and hope the defense can get just a couple stops to win.
Or, the defense and the running game are going to have to come around very soon.
That's life in the modern NFL.