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There’s an eyebrow-raising photo at Will Leitch’s new online hangout regarding the touchdown catch that delivered Super Bowl XLIII for the Steelers.
The image shows that Santonio Holmes’ right foot was off the ground as he fell out of bounds after catching the ball.
Here it is.


The bigger question, however, is whether that right toe had been on the ground at any point before the photo was taken — and after Holmes had the ball in his hands.
During our “exclusive” interview with Holmes on Tuesday night, he insisted that both feet were on the ground and in bounds.
“The tape shows it,” Holmes said.  “What more can we prove?”
But does the tape show it?
We’ve watched the play many times from many angles.  Both feet are on the ground before the catch is made.  We just can’t figure out whether the right foot came up before the completion.
So, basically, there wasn’t sufficient evidence to overturn the call on the field.  So, in our view, it was a close call on the field, a good call via replay. 
Here’s the video.  The best angle of the catch comes at the end.

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  1. NonYahooHotmailAcct says: Feb 4, 2009 4:02 PM

    If it’s that close, it should be a catch anyway.
    And what if the one foot is touching the other one, which is in? Does that make it two?

  2. akhhorus says: Feb 4, 2009 4:03 PM

    He pretty clearly catches the ball(has possession), puts his right toes down, then his left toes, then his right foot comes up(which is what the photo shows). All he has to do is have possession and touch both feet down at the same time once. Holmes clearly does.

  3. wils0646 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:04 PM

    Florio, where have you been?
    As an unbiased Packer fan…I have to say it was a catch:
    Before anyone blasts me saying Holmes didn’t have control of the ball when this picture was taken….it’s been shown he had control of the ball on other replays before even being touched by Francisco.
    It was a TD.

  4. Chris from MD says: Feb 4, 2009 4:05 PM

    Both feet are down, eh?

  5. The Jimmy says: Feb 4, 2009 4:06 PM

    A still photo proves nothing in this case to anyone with an iq over 80.

  6. TheBigOldDog says: Feb 4, 2009 4:06 PM

    Another Superbowl handed to the Steal-ers by the Officials. Go figure!

  7. marcduke says: Feb 4, 2009 4:08 PM

    Sanantonio’s one of my former Buckeyes so I’ve got his back and all, but I said it at the time of the first instant replay… looked like his feet came together and the right toe never touched the ground.
    And I’m sorry, what was he supposed to say during his “exclusive” interview? “Nah man, I fooled those refs good. My right foot never touched down. In fact, I’m pretty sure I never had full control of the ball before I hit the ground.”

  8. MelKipersHair says: Feb 4, 2009 4:10 PM

    No pass interference. No catch. No flag after. No Fumble from Warner.

  9. sporkdevil says: Feb 4, 2009 4:11 PM

    Fitzgerald would have gotten that foot down.

  10. Eddie Drycleaner says: Feb 4, 2009 4:15 PM

    We wuz jobbed!

  11. Delta Rider says: Feb 4, 2009 4:15 PM

    Wow!!! Slow news day?

  12. TheAzzMan says: Feb 4, 2009 4:16 PM

    You guys cannot seriously be that dumb, can you? Aside from these pictures, there was a definitive replay that showed the tip of his shoe bent on the ground after the catch.…-for-touchdown/…img11327245.jpg…91&aid=4136 (pic #36/44)

  13. brian_21 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:17 PM

    That still photo means nothing.

  14. empty13 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:19 PM

    What the devil was santurdio know?
    Under the influence, wanted munchies, and thought the ball was a bowl of munchies
    So high he just floated across the endzone and out of bounds

  15. PrettyFnTubular says: Feb 4, 2009 4:19 PM

    Henceforth known as “The Catch……that wasn’t.”

  16. skinnysweatyman3 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:20 PM

    Ya know, I saw a pic on from a different angle that showed that that foot wasn’t down too. Seems to me though it’s pretty likely that the foot touched at some point when he was falling to the ground.

  17. theVIC says: Feb 4, 2009 4:22 PM

    That was a great catch and Ben Roethlisberger is a great quarterback.

  18. praveen says: Feb 4, 2009 4:22 PM

    THIS IS THE DUMBEST ITEM. How is a still picture taken at one instant proof that both feet weren’t down? DO YOUR RESEARCH!
    Here is a link from an AZ paper and even in this link, look at shots 10 and 12 –
    Profootballtalk, please do your freaking research.
    And a youtube freaking video is not hires enough to know for sure. I have it DVRed it in hidef and have a 60 inch tv. NBC did a pretty good job already freezeframing a shot taken from the front side of the endzone angle(which is a side angle to the player). That was a catch.

  19. AnvilofCrom says: Feb 4, 2009 4:24 PM

    Quit trying to stir up controversy where there isn’t any. Both feet were down:
    I personally would like to see some more shots of Ben’s touchdown that was overturned. To me and many others it looks like his knee never touched the ground. I would like to see some good photos of that.

  20. BBWC1986 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:27 PM

    Who’s gives a rats ass if it was down or not? The Cards blew the game by letting them get down there to begin with not to mention that horrible INT return before the half. Who the f@!* thought that defense how to tackle?

  21. techstar25 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:28 PM

    Look at the defenders black shoe in the photo. If you watch the video you can see that the defenders shoe doesn’t get into that position until about 3:34. However it looks like he had possession from about 3:31 onward, so it could have been a catch based on that replay.
    However, at the immediate end of regulation NBC starts showing a montage of replays and they show a new (believe it not) angle of the catch, which showed that his foot never touched. If you have it on DVR go home and look at it.

  22. Frank Burns says: Feb 4, 2009 4:30 PM

    In the interest of fairness, Florio, I’ll expect you to find a pic of Larry Fitzgerald’s first touchdown catch that really wasn’t a touchdown.
    See I can play the linky game too, Chris.

  23. Good Newz Kennels says: Feb 4, 2009 4:30 PM

    Holmes also had the controversial score in the game at Baltimore (where I was very surprised the official overturned it into a touchdown).
    I don’t think anybody has ever scored on a bigger pair of real close touchdowns.

  24. Pea Tear Griffin says: Feb 4, 2009 4:32 PM

    @The Jimmy
    Very true. Here’s another case of Florio trying to drum up hits by stirring the pot (btw, that’s by far the worst part of your site).

  25. mellis says: Feb 4, 2009 4:32 PM

    Picture #12 right here:
    Case closed. Clearly shows both feet down with ball secured with both hands.

  26. UncleHulka says: Feb 4, 2009 4:34 PM

    Well, since he confirms it, it must be true….NOT!
    Has anyone mentioned the apparent block in the back on Harrison’s return? Happened around the Pitt 30 yard line. Two hands by the Pitt player directly the back of the Cardinal shoulder/back area. Funny how the officials caught a ton of stuff on the Cardinals, but were blind to the Steeler infraction(s) for three quarters of the game (plus the final celebration). What will it take to get some consistency and accuracy??

  27. stiller43 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:34 PM

    The Washington Post sports sections front page the day after the super bowl has a picture from the TD with both of Holmes feet clearly on the ground with the ball in his hands. The picture above was probably .10-.25 seconds later and released to stir up controversy and make notice of how the refs were paid off.
    Speaking on that subject again (because you know everyone’s going to go there after this), if the refs were clearly biased, they wouldn’t have called a holding call (that was tick tacky at best) in the endzone to give the Cards points and the ball back when the Steelers completed a 20 yard pass for a first down, they wouldn’t have reversed Ben’s rushing TD, and they wouldn’t have called holding when the Steelers already needed 78 yards to win the game. The Rooney’s needed to shell out more money for a clearer bias if those calls still went against us.

  28. justjto says: Feb 4, 2009 4:35 PM

    Unreal. Some people just never let it go. I guess the Steelers also know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried and, worse yet, pulled the trigger. It’s time that people realize the game is over. So many plays can be replayed and replayed over and over again until your eyes go crossed. There are too many crybabies in this world.

  29. Autumn_Thunder says: Feb 4, 2009 4:36 PM

    NFL Films has a good shot of the play.
    I saw this Monday and don’t believe the right toes ever touched the ground.

  30. bigstorm says: Feb 4, 2009 4:36 PM

    Enough. What does that photo tell you? You would need about 20 more in consecutive order to explain that. The booth reviewed it for how long and confirmed the catch.
    I am going to go to other sites for my info if this what we can expect going forward.

  31. BaltimoreSports says: Feb 4, 2009 4:36 PM

    Unreal. There is a reason Shittsburgh is known as the “Stealers.” God forbid the refs own up to calling against them. Scumbags.

  32. Ralph says: Feb 4, 2009 4:37 PM

    So, Chris from MD:
    You really think your picture proves anything? Looks a little different in this one.

  33. BrianDorry55 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:38 PM

    His right foot touched first….it all depends on when you determine he had possession…To me he had possession right away…that ball never moved in his hands…you dont have to bring it into your body to be a catch.

  34. ParkerFly says: Feb 4, 2009 4:39 PM

    The quality blows in that video, but in the clip at the end which was shown on tv it looked a lot like the foot was down. If someone is trying to pass that photo off as what we should judge the whole play on then they’ve got an agenda. Those still photos show nothing. We need still photos from the entire catch.

  35. Lambertville says: Feb 4, 2009 4:39 PM
    Enough already. It was not only a catch, but a great one.

  36. Mark Troy says: Feb 4, 2009 4:40 PM

    Well, that’s two pics with only one foot touching.
    Anyone have one with both feet touching?

  37. DJSlyBri says: Feb 4, 2009 4:40 PM

    Oh please.
    When’s the draft? I couldn’t take weeks of this crap.

  38. Ralph says: Feb 4, 2009 4:41 PM

    Another Pic from a different angle than the one I previously posted:

  39. GOD says: Feb 4, 2009 4:41 PM

    Ok lets seee. The call on the field was a touchdown, so when it went to the review they needed to find evidence to prove it was not a touchdown. They did not find that, there for it was a touchdown. The still shot needs nothing. Unless you can provide the sequence of pics from that angle to show that at no time his right foot never touched then the still shot does not mean shit. Just remember looser and haters make excuses, winners make it happen.
    And honestly you are just wasting your time brining this picture up now, what are they going to do reverse the call of the game? Make them redo the downs? What? Please tell me what I am suppose to take from this picture
    Sixburgh is here, The best franchise in the game, so suck it loosers

  40. jayare says: Feb 4, 2009 4:43 PM

    In the immortal words of Dr. Seuss:
    Up feet, down feet,
    Here come clown feet.

  41. Sven Hunkstrom says: Feb 4, 2009 4:43 PM

    See below for alternate view that looks to refute the “one foot down” claim:
    Two Feet

  42. tuckrule says: Feb 4, 2009 4:44 PM

    The Jimmy – a still photo can’t prove that both feet weren’t down at some point, but one could certainly prove that they were. Until I see such a photo, I’m going with incomplete.

  43. Treez says: Feb 4, 2009 4:46 PM

    Foot definitely wasn’t down. It was obvious just from the mechanics that a foot that is BEHIND the front foot, and higher than the front foot cannot be down. This pic isn’t just one perspective, person captured image of the moment the refs assumed possession being inbounds – there was NO live camera ANGLE that showed it actually touching.. but since it was ruled on field TD, since there was no angle that showed 100% that it wasn’t touching………

  44. brian27 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:48 PM

    A still photo that could be before or after the catch sure is compelling evidence here….You folks do realize that his foot only has to touch the ground at SOME point after the catch is made right?

  45. wils0646 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:48 PM

    LOL at ZNorseman.
    That has to be sarcasm.

  46. ColumbusWVU says: Feb 4, 2009 4:48 PM

    Am I missing something? The rule doesn’t state that the feet must be in AT ALL TIMES does it? Are people really reaching as much as I think they are? Talk about sour grapes. I understand your frustration that the Steelers have 6, but it’s Wednesday and you’re STILL frustrated. Get over it.

  47. Treez says: Feb 4, 2009 4:49 PM

    So, Chris from MD:
    You really think your picture proves anything? Looks a little different in this one.
    Still can’t tell that the foot is down nor does that image show posession….

  48. westclaims says: Feb 4, 2009 4:50 PM

    OK Florio, let’s not rub it in. I know how excited you are about the cardinals loss, but it’s time to move on. @#&* hole.

  49. cmdurand21 says: Feb 4, 2009 4:50 PM
    This picture shows him after he was hit. You can tell on the video his feet come up after he was hit. So this doesn’t prove much.. What we really need is a frame by frame shot of Santonio from behind before he was hit.

  50. Mr Football says: Feb 4, 2009 4:51 PM

    This game was bogus. NFL live today showed the Harrison Int return and showed a blatant block in the back on about the 15 yd line that prevented what would have been an easy tackle for a Cards defender. Was there a conspiracy? No. Do the refs give all the breaks to teams like the Patriots, Colts, and Steelers? Absolutely. These teams get reputations for being legendary teams with great coaches so refs come to expect them to make the plays. Human nature at that point causes them to err on the side of those teams during close plays, hence the fact that every reviewable play in the Superbowl was originally called in favor of the Steelers. Add the fact that whenever Ben got hit after the ball was thrown a flag was thrown yet Warner was hit late all game without a flag. It’s BS but until you have fulltime officials that take their job more seriously and depend on their job for their primary source on income this will continue to happen.

  51. Chris from MD says: Feb 4, 2009 4:51 PM

    FrankBurns: Check your link, no pic is showing up?
    To whoever posted this link:
    This picture:
    Doesn’t show that he was in complete control, he’s tucking the ball away, the ball is moving, that isn’t secure and complete control.
    This image:
    Shows nothing. Where’s the ball?
    Anyway, it’s all up for debate, the game is over and the Steelers won. IMHO, I don’t think he made the catch with two feet. If it was a college game, fantastic catch, but I don’t think the other toe touched with control of the ball, and that is simply my opinion, correct or not.

  52. mrmagoo says: Feb 4, 2009 4:52 PM

    The quest for traffic continues.
    At this rate you will cause an aluminum shortage. At least get them to put spinners on those tin foil hats so I can laugh out of humor and not pity.

  53. posolxstvo says: Feb 4, 2009 4:54 PM

    Oh. My. God.
    No one told me that the assclown convention was in town.
    You ask for photographic evidence and it is provided and you still ask for photographic evidence. Were you born like this? Or did you get a massive head trauma at some point?
    There were as many bullshit calls and no-calls on the Steelers as on the Cardinals. In the first half, all the calls were on the offense. In the second half, they were all on the defense.
    I rewatched SB XL a few nights ago, and I can understand why the Seahawks fans thought they had been jobbed. (They weren’t, but I still get it.) This game? Not so much.
    Build a bridge and get the **** over it.

  54. afiresnake says: Feb 4, 2009 4:56 PM

    @Chris from MD:
    the right foot comes back up as the upper body goes down. both still images don’t show whether the foot touched the ground. I guess we’ll never know. Maybe they’ll put a chip in the ball, the shoes, and lasers on top of the goalposts someday …
    I am not a Steelers fan.
    And what a heck of a game!

  55. cbowman says: Feb 4, 2009 4:57 PM

    This “controversy” was over Sunday night. There was a point in time when both tiptoes were touching the grounded. Later his right foot lifted up and that’s what Florio’s picture shows.
    At no time did “San Antonio” juggle the ball.
    In short Case Closed.

  56. south-fl-steel says: Feb 4, 2009 4:58 PM

    hold on. let me check again real quick. o.k. now let me check the pittsburgh post gazette. o.k. sporting news? sports illustrated?
    o.k. i’ve checked everywhere i can think of and great news:
    the steelers are STILL champions of the nfl for the 6th time.
    hallelujah! try as you may, you still can’t take it away.

  57. ZN0rseman says: Feb 4, 2009 5:00 PM

    Nobody on earth can produce a photo showing both of Holmes feet touching the end zone.
    Because both feet never touched the end zone. Cardinals got robbed.

  58. praveen says: Feb 4, 2009 5:03 PM

    I see more whiners about the block in the back on the Harrison return. How come none of you mention the obvious non call too – Larry Fitzgerald was running out of bounds for such a long period of time, it was inconceivable the refs would miss that considering he tackles Harrison not too long after he gets back in bounds.
    It’s a football game. Missed calls went both ways. The only really one sided unfair call was the roughing the passer on Big Ben. Get over it.

  59. whynot1 says: Feb 4, 2009 5:04 PM

    Anyone see the picture that was on the front page of right after the SB? It was before Holmes was hit and was relatively upright and it clearly shows space underneath his right foot.

  60. cmich06 says: Feb 4, 2009 5:06 PM

    think you could have used a more accurate photo

  61. CaptainFantastik says: Feb 4, 2009 5:07 PM

    It’s so much fun watching all the jealous bitter trolls get thoroughly owned by the evidence. Haahahahahhaa!!!
    Sixburgh. Deal with it. Losers.

  62. Bob S. says: Feb 4, 2009 5:11 PM

    i know one thing francisco should have pushed him out and even if penalized steelers still were having a hard time inside the 5 and had no timeouts left. francisco let holmes bring the ball down to the 5 on the play when he fell down and on this play was close enough to have pushed him out. francisco cost his team the title.

  63. TheAzzMan says: Feb 4, 2009 5:19 PM

    You stupid son of a b*tch… There have been countless replies with photos clearly showing 2 feet down. Move on already. The Cinderella story is over. The Cardinals blew it in the end.
    ZN0rseman says:
    February 4th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
    Nobody on earth can produce a photo showing both of Holmes feet touching the end zone.
    Because both feet never touched the end zone. Cardinals got robbed.

  64. nfltruth says: Feb 4, 2009 5:25 PM

    The call on the field was catch, TD. It’s unreasonable to say there was any basis to overrule the call on the field. The question is, what is the tendency of the officials on bang bang plays like this? Do they tend to give the receiver the catch or do they tend to say no catch. In other words, why was the call on the field a catch and TD when it was nearly impossible to see with the naked eye? If he had ruled no catch, it would not have been overturned either. Any way you slice it, that was a hell of a gutsy throw. They had the 3 and OT in the bank. That ball so easily could have been picked had it been an inch lower or had the DB jumped an inch higher. It was that close.

  65. superBROWNS 69 says: Feb 4, 2009 5:27 PM

    I cant wait until Tim Donaghy stops officiating all the Steelers Super Bowls. Oh wait…

  66. Big Stuff says: Feb 4, 2009 5:29 PM

    Florio knows it was a TD. He just posts these internet shit stirrers to try to prove he aint a Steeler fan.

  67. nfl hitstick says: Feb 4, 2009 5:30 PM

    best catch ever in a super bowl.
    dear nfl,
    please STOP ben roethlisberger and santonio holmes. these guys make too many clutch plays to beat other teams late in games. its unfair!!!! wwwwhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! excuse, excuse, excuse, blame, blame, blame, cry, whine, pout.
    uneducated fan
    p.s. must try to put down the city of Pittsburgh w/out checking the most livable cities in America.
    /not even a Steelers fan

  68. Steelers2Tampa says: Feb 4, 2009 5:33 PM

    I think there should be a rematch this weekend, instead of the Pro Bowl.

  69. Bmore Styles says: Feb 4, 2009 5:42 PM

    Pitt gets another gift wrapped Superbowl, shouldn’t we all be used to this by now? You really think the league would let the Cards win, in effect losing out on millions in profits??
    It still wasn’t half as bad as Superbowl XL. That’s the biggest black eye in the history of the league. Have you won ANY Superbowls that weren’t tainted??? Nope.

  70. CaptainFantastik says: Feb 4, 2009 5:45 PM

    Znorseman says:
    “Nobody on earth can produce a photo showing both of Holmes feet touching the end zone.
    Because both feet never touched the end zone. Cardinals got robbed.”
    Loser, you’ve been provided with plenty of shots giving you what you seek. Go here and scroll down. It will be the first image you come to.
    Moron. Just goes to show you’ll ignore the evidence at hand so you can spew your jealous, bitter bullshit. How’s it feel to know you or your team will never have what we have? How’s it feel to know that your team’s fanbase could never or would never take over a Super Bowl like Steelers fans have done twice now in the last 4 title games? How’s it feel to know your team will never garner 1/100th the acclaim and prestige the Steelers have? I can’t imagine it feels too good. But that’s why we’re us and you’re you.
    Oh, and for the record: Funny how Whizenhunt won both his challenges, one of them overturning a Pittsburgh TD by the refs (who were supposedly helping the Steelers). Funny how Kurt Warner wasn’t flagged for removing his helmet on the field to argue a call. Funny how the refs (who were supposedly helping the Steelers) overturned Warner’s first fumble to rule it an incomplete pass. Funny how Fitzgerald was never flagged for running almost 30 yards downfield out of bounds on the harrison return without re-establishing himself inbounds before making the tackle. Funny how the refs (who were supposedly helping the Steelers) called a holding penalty to negate a 22 yard completion to Holmes in the 2nd quarter. Funny how the refs (who were supposedly helping the Steelers) flagged Justin Hartwig for a holding call in the endzone, setting up Arizona with 2 points and posession of the ball which would lead to the go-ahead score. Funny how the refs (who were supposedly trying to help the Steelers) flagged Kemo for holding on the final Steelers drive.
    Oh yeah and let’s take a trip back to the regular season when the Steelers’ opponents went nearly 9 straight quarters without having a holding call assessed when Harrison was being held at least 75% ofthe time.
    Oh and then there was the first San Diego game where there was a 13-1 penalty discrepancy against us.
    Let’s go to the divisional playoff game against San Diego where Santonio’s obvious big yardage catch inside the 1 yard line was overturned on repay when it was a clear catch.
    Yep, those refs just love us. *rolls eyes*
    Keep up with the bitter jealousy. We’ll keep schooling you with the facts.

  71. roundman says: Feb 4, 2009 5:50 PM

    Really trying to stir up the mental midgets, eh Florio? One close up of only the shoes really proves something, doesn’t it.
    Here’s a better string of photos:
    Look at picture 12. Ball in possession, both feet on the ground, no qquestion TD. Even on of the DBs covering him said that he knew it was a TD (I think it was Cromartie)
    Try all they want, but the anti-Steeler contingent can’t call this game into question. Doing so just makes them look stupid. It raises your hit count, though, which is obviously the motivations for your actions.

  72. st.michael says: Feb 4, 2009 5:51 PM

    Just another example of Steelers luck. The Indy playoff game, Seattle Superbowl, now this…

  73. inmymind says: Feb 4, 2009 5:54 PM

    With the still picture at the top and following the video play to the point the picture is taken it appears he did not have both feet on the ground. However, the replay booth does not have the angle which the picture was taken and from the other angles it is nearly impossible to say anything other the call on the field stands.

  74. roundman says: Feb 4, 2009 5:54 PM

    “I see more whiners about the block in the back on the Harrison return.”
    That’s funny, because that wasn’t even a block in the back. Woodley hit his shoulder.

  75. sonvar says: Feb 4, 2009 5:56 PM

    I was wondering when this would come up. The instant he got the ball it didn’t seem like he got both feet down and those replays made it seem more likely he didn’t as his right foot wrapped above his left. It would require some good camera angles to see if though regardless. Not sure if that means the Cards win that game but at the least Steelers would have had another chance at the endzone and who knows if that one is made or not.

  76. kingj228 says: Feb 4, 2009 5:56 PM

    It is so great being a Steeler Fan. Knowing that every call in every game is going to go your way and that you can do no wrong. Only idiots would support other teams knowing that the entire NFL league is on the side of black and gold! Hell I bet Obama made a deal that if Rooney would get PA to go for him, he in turn would make it a law the the Steelers have to win every game. GOD BLESS THE USA!

  77. Bob_Nelson says: Feb 4, 2009 5:57 PM

    Every play should be a court case.
    Lawyers and “Expert” witnesses can argue each side.
    The judge will decide but there can be a video hotline for appeals to the Commissioner.
    Games could be 18 hours long with 14 hours of commercials.
    If there were 22 video officials per game with each one watching on camera the actions on their assigned player in slow motion. It would eliminate a few on field officiating positions and “they would ensure the correct calls were made”.
    If later in the week it is determined that a bad call is made the suffering team may be awarded a special red flag challenge that could be used later in the season. A team could save those challenges up and use them all in the Super Bowl if so choosing.
    Of course a representative of the union and the league would be submitting imput on each decision.
    The head of officiating could have a war room set up to dictate to on field official what the correct ruling should be. The war room would have a hotline to the Commissioner.
    All games then would be called “correctly” as league politics of the day determines.
    Then again we could all stop whining and play better on the field but that wouldn’t “fair” in today’s America.

  78. louisstarks says: Feb 4, 2009 6:08 PM

    Nice story Jack McGee. Did you get any photos the Hulk in Tampa?
    site hits and comments…. PLEASE!

  79. CycloneSteel says: Feb 4, 2009 6:08 PM

    Wow there are so many idiots on this site. Notice how the Steeler fans aren’t taking all the bogus still photos of all the other calls that went against them and whining about it.
    Ben’s knee being down, the bogus safety when Hartwig fell down in the end zone (see his irate comments and still photo showing no grab), the block in the back on their punt return, Fitzgerald’s “catch” that shows bobbled/moved when the ball hit the ground, etc..
    The best team won, there was no doubt before the game who the best team was, and there is still no doubt. Give Warner and company the ball with another minute left and maybe we can talk about doubt, but more likely he loses the ball yet again, or throws another pick. The Steelers dropped 2 easy picks already so were due for another.
    There will be no apology from the NFL, just like against the Seahawks, because the correct calls were made. Check back in the archives of official NFL apologies and which team has been apologized to the most, it may surprise the dim-wits on here.
    How can Florio post a pic of feet WITHOUT the BALL in the picture!?!? That is the funniest thing about this. How about a pic of Ben’s feet -that is just as important as a pic of Santonio’s WITHOUT the BALL. There are dozens of pics out there (and have been posted) with ball in hand AND feet on ground. Use one of those and celebrate #6 with the rest of the World.

  80. LebronJeremy says: Feb 4, 2009 6:15 PM

    Look at the angle of his legs. If you watch in the vidoe you could see his right foot raises toward the end of the catch. However, he had control of the ball earlier than the point at which the photo was taken, and it looks as though his right foot did touch in the video at the point of possesion. Still, that’s an impossible call to overturn.

  81. opie says: Feb 4, 2009 6:16 PM

    Know how I can tell his feet were in? They called it a touchdown you whiney, drama driven, it’s not fair, m’fers! The pass interference non call vs. the Cardinals was more flagrant than…….wait, sorry, I am almost being hypocritical. To quote a line I use regularly: “you know how you can tell if it was a catch? They ruled it a catch and TD.” Game over. Go back to complaining about how your neighbor is growing bushes across your property line……

  82. tj.52 says: Feb 4, 2009 6:19 PM

    mellis says: February 4th, 2009 at 4:32 pm
    Picture #12 right here:
    Case closed. Clearly shows both feet down with ball secured with both hands.
    @ Mellis: If you examine the simalarities between pic# 11 and pic #12 from that set you will realize that those 2 pics were taken at the exact same time from different angles. Pic #11 clearly shows that both feet were not on the ground. Also, in pick #12, if you were to conclude that his right foot was touching the ground then you would also have to conclude that his left foot was buried about two inches below the ground. Being that it was field turf that they were playing on I find that highly unlikely.
    I’m not a Cardinals fan but it sure looks like the Steelers had that game handed to them by the officiating, and it is also very interesting to see how their last superbowl “victory” was given to them as well. Pretty fishy. But that is just my unbiased, objective opinion on the subject. I do believe an asterisk is in order.
    – SB XLIII – unearned -*

  83. TheAzzMan says: Feb 4, 2009 6:23 PM

    Actually the Steelers were victims to one of the worst calls in playoffs history by overturning the Polamalu INT in the Colts game. Guess what? They still won.
    The idiocy displayed in some of these replies is just downright laughable.
    st.michael says:
    February 4th, 2009 at 5:51 pm
    Just another example of Steelers luck. The Indy playoff game, Seattle Superbowl, now this…

  84. pieman says: Feb 4, 2009 6:33 PM

    YAWN…..when’s FA start? I can’t wait 3 weeks!!

  85. TheBigOldDog says: Feb 4, 2009 6:33 PM

    To all you Steal-er homers claiming frame 12 shows both feet down you better look again. It’s off the ground and you’re see the field behind it.

  86. FumbleNuts says: Feb 4, 2009 7:03 PM

    The friggin’ refs LOVE the Steelers! Cards got robbed!!!!

  87. TasteTheSteel says: Feb 4, 2009 7:57 PM

    Why is no one talking about Fitzgerald’s 1st touchdown where it looked like the tip of the ball hit the ground? He was bobbling the ball for most of the play. No one talks about this, and it boggles my mind why it was not challenged. Obviously it doesn’t matter now, but it’s hard for a lot of people to admit the better team won the game. The Steelers have had TD’s and INT’s taken away from them in the past, it’s obvious the ref’s favor them.

  88. yoyo says: Feb 4, 2009 8:03 PM

    I swear I heard something come from the grassy knoll.

  89. Frank Burns says: Feb 4, 2009 8:39 PM

    ncleHulka says:
    February 4th, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    Well, since he confirms it, it must be true….NOT!
    Has anyone mentioned the apparent block in the back on Harrison’s return? Happened around the Pitt 30 yard line. Two hands by the Pitt player directly the back of the Cardinal shoulder/back area. Funny how the officials caught a ton of stuff on the Cardinals, but were blind to the Steeler infraction(s) for three quarters of the game (plus the final celebration). What will it take to get some consistency and accuracy??
    Well for starters I’d say a) Kurt Warner getting away with taking off his helmet right in the ref’s face and not getting flagged, plus b) not a peep from the zebras when Fitzgerald ran about, oh say 25 yards out of bounds to cheat his way up to Harrison on the pick return, might help balance things out.
    Not to mention the Fitzgerald TD catch that most likely wasn’t… got enough consistency there, chum?
    Consistent THIS, hater punk.

  90. broncodevil says: Feb 4, 2009 9:33 PM

    After just watching “This is the NFL” i am convinced Holmes didn’t get his right foot down when he caught the ball.
    They have a different view of it. The one from the middle back of the endzone. The right foot goes up in the air and never goes back down.
    I also feel watching this show that it shows Holmes sweating out the call. I think if he knew he had both feet down he would have acted differently waiting for the call.

  91. txplates says: Feb 4, 2009 9:44 PM

    The question I have is why wasnt Santonio penalized for using the ball as a prop (or for that matter, why aren’t any of the Steelers penalized for this)
    Santonio does the LeBron thing with the ball. He acts like he is shaking baby powder on the ball, then smacks his hand against the ball and makes like it creates a cloud of smoke, just like LeBron does.
    So why wasnt he penalized?
    PS. Fast Willie Parker used the ball as a prop on BOTH TD’s against the Chargers in the playoff game, and wasnt penalized either time

  92. yoyo says: Feb 4, 2009 9:58 PM

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA,,,WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA,,,WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Go home. Steelers won you bunch of babies. And If you look at past history, crybabies rarely make it back to the playoffs, which you losers had to have 2 extensions just to sell out your first home playoff game in forever. Hey, go to one of your after hours clubs, and anyone that has spent any time in Phoenix knows what I mean, and wait until your next playoff appearence 10 years from now.

  93. Bmore Styles says: Feb 4, 2009 10:59 PM

    I wasn’t disputing the TD, it was an obvious TD. I’m disputing the refs being blatantly partial towards the Steelers for the majority of the season. You guys are used to having everything fall your way, so i wouldn’t expect you to understand. We’re not from Pitt, meaning we’re not dumb and we posses some post-high school education; we know Rooney owns the league.
    And the Ravens’ thugs??? Ummm, hello… Pitt quadrupled our score on the Turd List buddy. The Steelers are renowned for being a classless organization and James Harrison is the biggest thuggish trash in the league. Kettle-Black.

  94. Mike my Ditka says: Feb 5, 2009 3:33 AM

    “A victor only breeds hatred, while a defeated man lives in misery.”
    Whoever said that obviously must read these comments.

  95. ebapen says: Feb 5, 2009 4:30 AM

    steelers have legitimately won 5 superbowls, and you steeler fans know it.
    Seattle was robbed ! forget the cardinals.

  96. TasteTheSteel says: Feb 5, 2009 7:13 AM

    Bmore Styles:
    The Steelers are renowned for being the class of the NFL to most NFL experts you see on TV every day. Harrison’s retaliation to a hit in the knee was wrong, but most anyone would react the same way in the heat of the moment. It’s funny you use a “Turd List” on this website as justification for a classless organization. Ray Lewis was the lowest on the totem pole for a while, he had nowhere to go but up. Like I’ve said before, your guys place bounties, our guys continue to win. Pittsburgh may be full of dumb people (I’m from there, but Atlanta has made me smarter) but I guarantee you that 6 > 1.

  97. praveen says: Feb 5, 2009 10:25 AM

    Bmorestyles, please stop the whining. You are arguiing a

  98. praveen says: Feb 5, 2009 10:31 AM

    Bmorestyles, please stop the whining. Your team got the benefit of a lot of blatant holding on Harrison. The refs were proven right on the Holmes TD in Week 15. I still do not think the refs were right in overturning the Holmes near TD catch in the playoffs. The guy actually took a step and advanced 3 yards while stretching out after he had possession. Just look at where he caught the ball and then ended up. It wasn’t like he caught it and then fell down on the spot and dropped the ball as Nate Washington did in one of the playoff games. I understand why refs would call that incomplete. The NFL is overthinking that crap these days. That would have been easily declared as a catch before.
    I saw that safety again. My initial comments gave the refs a pass on that. I am looking at it again and that play never gets called in the end zone, and not even that often in the regular field of play. The guy was bowled over and his hands were placed more of a physical reaction to falling down. I do not see that AZ guy being pulled down. He was going to fall down anyway. But regardless, I am glad they called it because it clearly shows refs would not hesitate to call such a call. It was even more ticky tackier than the calls that went against Seattle in SBXL and they pissed and moaned about them. This call nearly cost the Steelers the game by giving them 2 points and possession instead of a Steelers 1st down at the 20.

  99. Jamson64 says: Feb 7, 2009 4:01 PM

    to even post that still is just plain bs. florio you might as well be a liar
    you just feed the ill and stupid
    open your latest sports illustrated for one and–
    as posted earlier -see:

    wonder why Holmes was not penalized for using the ball as a prop
    notice the ref is looking the other way. so goes the breaks.
    interesting the same people clamoring that the refs played too much of a role in the game yet wanted holmes flagged for something that did not affect the play.

  100. Jamson64 says: Feb 7, 2009 4:04 PM

    mr football you are a joke

  101. Jamson64 says: Feb 7, 2009 4:07 PM

    jefels noted-

    I guess I’m not sure what video you guys are watching…it is blatantly obvious that the guy gets his hands in front of the guy at the beginning of the block. The guys chest is facing the blocker at the beginning of the block. The block starts in the front and then his hands slide to the guys back. By rule the block has to start in the front or side and then during the course of the block if contact is not broken you can end up anywhere you like. Anybody wonder why…if it is such a blatant block in the back…that Hightower doesn’t make any arguement or gesture toward a referee? Because he knows he was blocked legally. I’m not being biased in the least. If the calls were bad i would be the first to admit it. But I am also going to call BS when I hear it…..and you guys are grasping at straws here. Give it up.”

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