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Mike Tomlin rips officiating at end of regulation in Pittsburgh Steelers’ OT win over Seattle Seahawks

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PITTSBURGH — After winning Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks 23-20 in overtime, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was still incensed about a call in the final seconds of regulation.

With time running out and the Seahawks driving for a game-tying field goal, quarterback Geno Smith completed a 12-yard pass to DK Metcalf. Cornerback James Pierre punched the ball out of Metcalf’s grasp, and wide receiver Freddie Swain recovered it inbounds with the clock running.

The Seahawks quickly picked up the ball, ran it to the line of scrimmage and spiked it with one second left, doing so as officials blew their whistles to signal for a review of the previous catch.

Tomlin was angry about the stoppage for the review.

“I hated it,” he said after the game. “I hated it. I cannot believe that game was stopped to confirm catch/no catch in that moment. That’s all I’m going to say.

“It was an embarrassment.”

After the review, officials determined it was a catch and there would be three seconds left on the clock instead of one. The Seahawks had time to spike it again and set up for Jason Myers‘ 43-yard field goal that sent the game to overtime.

Even without the review, the Seahawks would have had enough time to get off the field goal with the original one second left on the clock, but it would have been a more chaotic situation. Instead, the Seahawks were able to regroup, spike the ball again and then bring out the field goal unit for the game-tying field goal.

That wasn’t the only instance in which the Steelers were frustrated by Sunday’s officiating. Earlier in the fourth quarter, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lost possession of the ball on a pump fake.

It was initially ruled an incomplete pass, but after a challenge by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, officials determined it was a fumble.

“The way we saw it was it needed to be challenged,” Carroll said. “And the way they immediately saw it was I think he threw it. That’s what we’re hearing. So I had to go against what they were telling me. And their assessment happened in just a few — you know, 20 seconds or something like that.

“And we see real difficult replays go three, four, five minutes or something like that. Well, I thought this play, if given all of that time, we’d have a chance. And even though they were — the recommendation is you shouldn’t challenge this, I went against it and I threw the flag and stayed with it, you know.”

With the Tuck Rule — one that said any ball that left a quarterback’s hand was a forward pass — no longer in effect, once the ball starts coming back toward the quarterback’s body, the passing motion is over, and it’s therefore not a forward pass. Instead, it’s a fumble.

“I was told that even though the ball was going forward, my arm was going backwards,” Roethlisberger said. “I had to ask Josh Dobbs, who’s an aerospace engineer, how that works. He said it’s not possible. I can’t get fined for that because I’m just telling you what Dobbs said.”

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Detroit Lions get first win of season with walk-off TD to beat Minnesota Vikings

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DETROIT, Mich. — Inside Ford Field on Sunday, Detroit Lions fans experienced something that hadn’t happened there in over a full calendar year: a win.

First-year Lions coach Dan Campbell will no longer have to field questions about a winless season, as Detroit upset Minnesota, 29-27, for their first regular-season win since Dec. 6, 2020, behind a walk-off, game-winning touchdown by rookie wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown from Jared Goff as time expired.

It also marked their first victory at home since Nov. 15, 2020.

Even without their dynamic running back D’Andre Swift (shoulder), the Lions were playing inspired football on the heels of the Oxford High School shooting on Tuesday where four teenagers were killed by a fellow student. The school is located a little more than 30 miles outside of Detroit. The Lions honored the victims with a moment of silence ahead of the kickoff, while also wearing T-shirts and helmet decals as a tribute.

At halftime, the Lions held their largest lead of the season after going up 20-6 and ended their drought of going 10 straight games of being held under 20 points. Quarterback Jared Goff controlled the offense, going 25-for-41 with 296 passing yards and three touchdowns.

“Those guys are on our minds. We want to represent them on Sunday,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said during Friday’s practice. “I know there will be a group of those students and kids and people that have been affected that will be watching this game. Right now, that’s the best way to help them.”

Detroit (1-10-1) also snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Vikings, dating back to 2017.

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Chargers’ Michael Davis makes wild interception in back-and-forth game with Bengals

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CINCINNATI — A potential touchdown turned into a big turnover for the Cincinnati Bengals.

In the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw a deep ball to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase down the sideline with Chargers cornerback Michael Davis trailing behind Chase.

From there, it all went south for Cincinnati. Chase bobbled the pass and deflected it behind him, which allowed Davis to not only make up the distance between them but also give him a chance at an interception.

When the two players went to the ground to pluck the ball out of the air, Davis was the one holding it. He gave the Chargers their second turnover in as many defensive drives and compounded Cincinnati’s woes in a game with playoff implications.

For Chase it was the sixth drop of the season and the second that resulted in an interception, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Things got worse from there for the Bengals. The Chargers turned the turnover into points when quarterback Justin Herbert found Keenan Allen for a 7-yard touchdown pass, giving Los Angeles a 16-0 lead with 1:34 left in the first quarter.

The Chargers extended their lead to 24-0 after a trick play in which Allen found Herbert for 2-point conversion.

Turnovers on three straight possesions by the Chargers allowed the Bengals to claw back to within 24-22 when Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon scored midway through the third quarter.

But a fumble by Mixon at the start of the fourth quarter allowed the Chargers to extend their lead again. It was the sixth turnover of the game.



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Los Angeles Chargers lose star DE Joey Bosa in second half with potential head injury

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, long considered the best defender on the team, left the game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

Bosa was being evaluated for a head injury he suffered in the second half as the Chargers attempted to hold off a Bengals’ rally.

Bosa has battled injuries through much of his career, and usually plays through them. This one was a different story, and the Chargers defense struggled in the third quarter without him.

This season, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Bosa has 36 solo tackles and 19 assists to go along with 7.5 sacks. In his absence, Kyler Fackrel took over. No further word on Bosa was immediately available.

The Chargers, at one point up 24-0 over the Bengals, saw their lead shrink to 24-22 in the third.

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