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Mike Tomlin explains why he didn’t challenge the no-call on Diontae Johnson TD

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback DJ Turner II (20) in a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on Sunday, November. 26, 2023. Photo by Jeff Moreland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers improved to 7-4 in Week 12 with a win (and a 400+-yard outing) over the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately, they left some points on the board, however, as NFL officials missed a would-be receiving touchdown from Kenny Pickett to wide receiver Diontae Johnson in the first quarter.

As NFL rules analyst Gene Steratore noted on the broadcast, HC Mike Tomlin could have challenged the no-call, and if they had, they would have very likely had walked away with six points on the play. Instead, running back Jaylen Warren fumbled on the following play, recovered by cornerback D.J. Turner and returned for 28 yards to the Bengals’ 39-yard line.

Tomlin was asked in his post-game press conference why he chose not to challenge the play.

“They were definitive, and I lost vision of it. There were people between me and him; I couldn’t count steps. They never gave us another look at it in-stadium. We didn’t get a quick enough look at it up top. Sometimes that happens when you’re on the road, but sometimes being on the road, some games being at home, all those things even out in the big scheme of things.”

The Steelers will host the Arizona Cardinals at home in Week 13, kicking off Sunday, December 3 at 1 p.m. ET.