Mike Tomlin criticizes umpires for a call at the end of the Steelers’ win over the Seahawks: ‘I just hated it’
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Mike Tomlin made no secret of his disgust with how the last two regulation plays unfolded in the Steelers vs. Seahawks on Sunday night. The Pittsburgh coach approached the umpires for a critical decision they made that he believes allowed Seattle to carry the game into overtime.
“I just hated it” Tomlin said of the umpires’ decision to review a DK Metcalf catch with seconds on the clock. “I can’t believe the game stopped to confirm ‘catch, no catch’ at that point. That is all what I am going to say “.
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Seattle was approaching field goal range with 18 seconds left and no timeouts when Geno Smith completed a sideline pass to Metcalf. For whatever reason, Metcalf didn’t go out of bounds and ended up turning the ball over.
The Seahawks got it back, but they only had 11 seconds left for the ball to be located and a spike to prepare for a game-tying field goal.
As the clock ticked, the Seahawks got into position to shoot the ball and appeared to time it with one second left in the game. However, the referees had left the work dead three seconds from the end to check if Metcalf had caught.
That ensured that, upon review, the Seahawks could easily top off the ball and set up a 43-yard field goal attempt for Jason Myers.
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Tomlin was visibly upset after the play and clashed loudly with the umpires.
It’s easy to understand why Tomlin was upset, as there seemed to be no doubt that Metcalf had trapped within bounds. Did the Steelers coach receive any explanation about the umpires’ decision to stop the game?
“That’s all I’m going to say,” Tomlin said. “It was a shame.”
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In the end, the play didn’t matter. The Seahawks appeared to have topped the ball with a second to play before the play died down anyway, and the Steelers emerged with a 23-20 victory in overtime.
Nonetheless, Tomlin’s rage will get the attention of the NFL, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Tomlin end up a bit lighter on the wallet in the wake of his comments.
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