Mike Tomlin smashes the job at the end of regulation in the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Seattle Seahawks

October 18, 2021

PITTSBURGH – After winning Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks 23-20 in overtime, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was still outraged by a decision in the closing seconds of regulation time.

With time running out and the Seahawks driving for a game-tying field goal, quarterback Geno Smith completed a 12-yard pass to DK Metcalf. Cornerback James Pierre hit the ball out of Metcalf’s reach, and wide receiver Freddie Swain recovered it on the field with the clock ticking.

The Seahawks quickly scooped up the ball, brought it to the line of scrimmage and nailed it with a second to play, as officials blew their whistles to signal a review of the previous catch.

Tomlin was angry about the suspension of the review.

“I hated it,” he said after the game. “I hated it. I can’t believe the game stopped to confirm catch / no catch at that point. That’s all I’m going to say.

“It was a shame.”

After the review, officials determined it was a catch and that there would be three seconds left on the clock instead of one. The Seahawks had time to shoot again and prepare for Jason Myers’ 43-yard field goal that sent the game into overtime.

Even without the review, the Seahawks would have had enough time to get out of the field goal with the first second left on the clock, but it would have been a more chaotic situation. Instead, the Seahawks were able to regroup, spike the ball again, and then take out the field goal drive for the game-tying field goal.

That wasn’t the only case the Steelers were frustrated by Sunday’s umpiring. Early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lost possession of the ball with a dummy bomb.

It was initially ruled an incomplete pass, but after a challenge from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, officials determined it was a fumble.

“The way we looked at it was that it needed to be challenged,” Carroll said. “And the way they saw it right away was I think he threw it away. That’s what we’re hearing. So I had to go against what they were telling me. And their evaluation happened in just a few, you know, 20 seconds or something like that.

“And we see really difficult reps that last three, four, five minutes or something like that. Well, I thought this play, if it happened all that time, we would have a chance. And although they were, the recommendation is you should not challenge this, I went against and I threw the flag and kept it, you know. “

With the Tuck Rule, one that said that any ball that came out of a quarterback’s hand was a forward pass, is no longer in effect, once the ball begins to return toward the quarterback’s body, the movement pass ends and, therefore, is not a forward. Approve. Instead, it is a mistake.

“They told me that even though the ball was going forward, my arm was going back,” Roethlisberger said. “I had to ask Josh Dobbs, who is an aerospace engineer, how that works. He said it’s not possible. I can’t be fined for that because I’m just telling you what Dobbs said.”