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The Steelers fall to the Denver Broncos 29-23 on the first play of overtime on an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas.
By SteelerFan on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
Tomlin is STILL a great coach.
By Nick on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
Tough tough tough loss. Hard to play D missing so many stars.
By Sean Metcalf on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
For the record, I am not actually a Steelers fan, but I just cannot sit by idly and let something unfair to you all go without saying a word about it. I do not understand why the Steelers allowed this touchdown to stand without complaining about it.
On live television I watched this overtime so-called touchdown, and then on video replay saw it again. It astonishes me that no one in the steelers organization is complaining about the footage that proved that it was in fact NOT a touchdown.
At approximately the 5 yard line, the ball holder’s fingers entered the bottom of the steeler defender’s facemask and pushed him away slightly then the fingers visible snapped off the face mask in a flick motion. This means that there should have been a face mask penalty prior to the ball passing the goal line, thereby negating a touchdown.
In the rules of the NFL three important factors meant that this so-called game winning touchdown should have been called back. First face masks are always a penalty even if inadvertent, second that penalties supercede scores, and third that all scoring plays in the NFL are now required to be official reviewed before they become official.
He facemasked one of your defenders. The face mask occcured before crossing the goal. The play was ruled a score and therefor obligated to be reviewed. And the television footage clearly showed the facemask so the official would have had to have seen it on a review and been forced to flag it.
The only reason this one is considered a score is because the officiating staff never bothered to do the job that the NFL ‘requires’ of them and double check the touchdown to make sure it really was one. Which it was not in this case.
By Cyn on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
I agree tough, tough, tough loss, feels like the superbowl all over again, our D FENCE was truly missed tonight, however the Dfence that was there did their very best and Big Ben did a great job putting us back into the game…. Still a Steelers Fan no matter what win or lose we just have to get well for the next season to show them all why we are the greatest team!
Sean, you are right this dude pushed off twice and yes i thought the same regarding the face mask but again like i said it feels just like when green bay won the superbowl last year we came back and then it just slip away because the ref made bad calls and yet if it was Harrison, he would have been called out on the play, the steelers has a lot of fans and a lot of haters as well…. we will prevail next season
By Larry on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
;ryan clark missing was a very important factor in this loss. This proves just how important he has become for this team.
By Ronald Kerr on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
I agree with Sean also, I knew there was something strange there, what were the refs doing when all of this was going on…..oh well, it’s too late now, Like I said earlier, Ben and Company WILL be back, they always do….2012-2013 Stairway To Seven
By Matt on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
To Sean: I am a fan of neither team, but that was a legal play. Offensive players, at least those running with the football, are allowed to push on the facemask, but not grasp or grab ahold of the aforementioned facemask with the intent of pulling a player down to gain yardage or leverage. In no way did this play indicate this was the case. Touchdown. Steelers will be back next year.
By Linda Bozeman on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
STEELERS, thank you so much for a wonderful season, you all played your heart out, and gave it your best injured or not, you are still the best team in my book. I will keep the season alive in my heart,
-a fan from DENVER
By SteelFan on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
The Steelers are clearly the “BEST” team in the AFC when healthy. You just can’t lose that many starters and expect to get to another Super Bowl. I was really looking forward to a rematch with the Packers though…. Oh well, next season.
By Steelergirlforever on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
All my respect to you guys. Played your hearts out for your team and your fans. I’m proud to be a Steelers fan. We missed Ryan for sure but it goes to show the class this coach and this organization have, in keeping him safe. Congrats Broncos. Now go and get Brady!….Love my Black and Gold all the way from Texas!!!
By cowboy on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
I thought the officials did a great job of calling nothing in the game – let the players decide it.
A prayer for Kirby…….. Redman did good by him, played really well
By bobc22 on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
did anyone see the refs on 3 plays keep the clock running when the steelers players went out of play;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
By GabbyGibby on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply
In response to Sean Metcalf: I saw the face mask and thought they should have called it. But only the Steelers get called on those things. I guess we are the only ones who have to take those kind of penalties. I also can’t believe no one else saw that.
Oh well. Maybe next year.
By pete g. on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply
I’m glad to see how classy the Steelers fans are. I’m a Bronco fan and it sickens me to see the national hate for Tebow, a guy who has never done anything but be humble and Honor God. Both Tebow and Rothliesberger are born winners, and while Big Ben has already had a storied career, a different guy got the spotlight Sunday and Steelers fans are handling it with class. Lets just hope the remaining playoff games are as exciting as this one. God Bless
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