It was disappointing, but one play stood out to me regarding a situation which turned the tide in the game.
After the Steelers’ scored their third touchdown to take a 21-7 lead, the defense forced a punt on the ensuing drive. The punt ‘appeared’ to glance off rookie running back Nick Chubb’s face mask and was recovered by safety Sean Davis.
It was a huge play, but the ruling on the field was Davis simply downed the football, not recovered a fumble. Mike Tomlin challenged the call, but it was not overturned, rather upheld.
During his weekly Tuesday press conference, Tomlin was asked about what happened on the play, and an explanation which might have followed by the league office.
He suggested he had no idea why the play was upheld, and not overturned.
Tomlin: All of us saw the ball hit that guy, their returner Peppers saw the ball hit that guy. Why else would he insert himself into that scrum. ... Why that play was not corrected? I have no idea. Ask New York. They had no problem talking about hit on Ben #Steelers #dkps— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) September 11, 2018
To add onto this, Tomlin spoke about how the league office made it a point to say a Myles Garrett roughing the passer call should not have occurred, but hasn’t said a word regarding what looked to be a botched call.
Tomlin asks why NFL replay officials in New York came out and said the Myles Garrett roughing penalty was wrongly officiated but nothing ever was said about ball that touched Nick Chubb's helmet— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) September 11, 2018
Calls are missed every game, but the purpose of replay is to correct mistakes like that one. To make sure the call is correct.
Needless to say, if the Steelers would have been granted the football, there is a strong chance they are 1-0, and not 0-0-1, heading into Week 2. The Browns didn’t score on their next drive, but it was after this call when the Browns clawed their way back into the game via back-to-back turnovers by the Steelers.
An unfortunate turn of events, but also befuddling how the league hasn’t mentioned it since the game ended on Sunday.