Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers at odds with officials
Even though the Steelers won the match 38-31, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wasn’t one to settle down and voiced his displeasure over the officials decisions.
During the third quarter, the Packers 23 yard field goal by Mason Crosby was blocked. After that, Steelers safety Ryan Clark attempted to hold the ball but passed it to Ziggy Hood, who then proceeded to bat the ball against the league rules.
Tomlin said that they did make an illegal move but the league yet had to speak on it and he would abide by their call.
“They screwed it up in my opinion, but I will wait to hear judgment from those that evaluate performance,” Tomlin said. “We got penalized on the play for batting, but I thought we had possession (Clark) of the ball prior to batting.”
He said that they had possession of the ball but weren’t given it.
“It would have been our possession, so we should have maintained possession of the ball, but obviously it didn’t unfold in that way. I wanted to challenge it, but they said it was not a challengeable play.”
On the Packers’ sideline, many offensive linemen were left scratching their heads following a strange turn of events in the final 10 seconds of the game.
There was another incident in which they Packers players had confusion over a false start and Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk said that it might have caused the timing of the offense to get jumbled.
“I know he was going to count off 10, but then the ref came in and kind of stopped him. I think that might’ve thrown them for a loop a little bit because they were going to going to snap the ball,” Hawk said. “The ref came in for whatever reason and the clock was basically running while he was in there. So yeah, that’s big. You get a 10-second run-off, to have him get in there when you’re about to snap it.”