Steelers coach Mike Tomlin calls officiating decision for replay review ‘an embarrassment’

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PITTSBURGH – Mike Tomlin was very heated about the decision to review whether Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf caught a pass in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

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“I just hated it,” the Steelers coach later said a 23-20 win It was achieved in overtime at Heinz Field on Sunday night. “I can’t believe the game was paused at that moment to confirm the ‘catch-no catch’. That’s all I’m going to say.”

With Seattle running out of time and trying to position for a field goal effort that would force overtime, Metcalf caught a pass near the edge, but inexplicably did not step out of bounds immediately to stop the clock. Instead, Metcalf tried to gain extra yardage and Steelers linebacker James Pierre forced a fumble, which was recovered by Seahawks receiver Freddy Swain.


The Seahawks prepared to spike the ball for Geno Smith with three seconds remaining.

But officials stopped the game for review after replays and booth overtime came in the last two minutes. This allowed the Seahawks to assemble themselves for Spike. And what referee Shaun Smith told Tomlin was not enough. He was still angry after the game.

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What explanation did he give you?

“That’s all I’m going to say,” replied Tomlin. “It was an embarrassment.”

It turned out that all this was a controversial issue. The Steelers (3-3) took the win to reach .500 for the first time since Week 2.

Still, just imagine what a blast Tomlin would have been if the Steelers had lost.

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