PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stopped in need of criticizing officiating after Sunday evening’s controversial 33-30 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
“You recognize, I’ma hold my mouth shut. I’ma try this,” mentioned Tomlin when discussing how penalties affected his group’s momentum. “‘Cuz I’ve despatched sufficient cash to New York.”
Within the first quarter, officers missed a transparent offsides name on Chargers proper sort out Sam Tevi that might have negated Philip Rivers’ 46-yard landing cross to Travis Benjamin. Tomlin known as the miss “unlucky.”
Within the second half, Steelers cornerback Brian Allen appeared to get blocked in the again on Desmond King’s 73-yard punt return for a landing.
The Steelers had by no means misplaced a house sport in which that they had a 16-point lead till Sunday, because the Chargers’ comeback gave Pittsburgh a dispiriting loss.
Steelers operating again James Conner left Sunday evening’s sport in the fourth quarter with a proper decrease leg contusion. No further data was supplied by coach Mike Tomlin.
Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard discipline purpose on the ultimate play to elevate the Los Angeles Chargers to a 33-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday evening.
Cornerback Joe Haden mentioned “hell no” he wasn’t offsides on kicker Michael Badgley’s missed field-goal try in the ultimate seconds. The Steelers have been known as offsides twice and Badgley hit the game-winner from 29 yards as time expired.
The NFL hit Tomlin with a $25,000 tremendous in October for calling some officiating calls a “joke” which can be “costing individuals video games and jobs.” Almost two months later, Tomlin was mum.
“Hey guys, I am not entering into the officiating parts of what transpired and the way it was communicated,” mentioned Tomlin from the rostrum. “I am simply not. It is fruitless, it does not change the end result of the sport.”
From the locker room, a number of gamers maintained they cannot blame wins and losses on officiating.
“Nah, we’re not gonna put it into the refs’ arms; we want to play higher soccer,” mentioned quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 29-of-45 passing for 281 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. “Like I mentioned, we did not play nicely sufficient on offense.”
Guard Ramon Foster mentioned he was nervous about getting fined and “I will simply go away it at that.”
Defensive finish Cam Heyward was extra involved with the Chargers’ 231 yards in the second half, together with a 64-yard drive orchestrated by Rivers in the ultimate two minutes.
“Officers make calls. They have a tough job as it’s,” Heyward mentioned. “We simply have to play higher. The sport was 23-7, and as a protection, we will not be surrendering factors. I do not care who it’s. Unacceptable.”