NFL changes Rashard Mendenhall touchdown from a run to a pass

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The scoring change credits Ben Roethlisberger with his ninth touchdown pass of the season. Roethlisberger also now only needs 287 yards to break Terry Bradshaw's franchise record 27,989 yards.

The NFL changed Rashard Mendenhall's 13-yard scoring play from a run to a pass, making Mendenhall's official stat line for the day 13 carries for 68 yards, along with three catches for 33 yards.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's numbers increased to 22-for-38 with 220 yards and a touchdown.

Oddly, it's the second consecutive week the league reviewed a Steelers scoring play, crediting Roethlisberger with a touchdown pass. In Week 3 against Oakland, Antonio Brown caught a pass and fumbled at the 1-yard line and recovered it in the end zone, but it was upheld as a touchdown pass and reception.

Against the Eagles, Mendenhall caught a swing pass from Roethlisberger right at or either just behind or just in front of the plane on which Roethlisberger stood. He was initially ruled to be behind him, making it a lateral, and therefore, a running play.

It seems close enough to call either way, and ultimately doesn't matter, except for Roethlisberger's benefit. The extra yardage means he only needs 287 more passing yards to break Terry Bradshaw's franchise record 27,989 career total. It also means Roethlisberger has thrown nine touchdowns this year, and four consecutive games with touchdown passes.

Watch out, Drew Brees.


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