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Mike Tomlin gets clever, Giants don’t fall for it

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The Steelers faced a fourth-and-one from the Giants’ three yard line with more than 10 minutes to play, leaving Mike Tomlin with a decision.

Tomlin could have gone for it, perhaps using Isaac Redman who has cleared the 100 rushing yards by battering the Giants, or he could have kicked a field goal to tie the score at 20. Tomlin went for neither of those calls. He sent the field goal team into the game, but called a fake that had holder Drew Butler flip the ball to kicker Shaun Suisham for a run at the first down. Michael Coe wasn’t fooled and dropped Suisham short of the first down to keep the score at 20-17.

The Steelers defense has been playing great all day and wound up forcing a three-and-out to get the ball right back. That just makes it harder to figure out why Tomlin chose such a low percentage play if he was willing to go for it on fourth down in the fourth quarter of a close game.

Pittsburgh has climbed back into the contest thanks to a 51-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace and they have the ball again near midfield after a good Emmanuel Sanders punt return. Sanders set up the previous scoring chance with a return all the way to the 13, where punter Steve Weatherford kept him from scoring and, as it turns out, helped keep the Giants in front.

UPDATE 7:14 p.m. ET: The Steelers drove for an Isaac Redman touchdown from one yard out. Feel free to note the humor given the decision on the previous drive.

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10 Responses to “Mike Tomlin gets clever, Giants don’t fall for it”
  1. smokingconch says: Nov 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    The Steelers didn’t know what to do without the Refs making terrible calls in the second half so they decided to make a terrible call of their own.

  2. cooklynn17 says: Nov 4, 2012 7:37 PM

    smokingconch says: Nov 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    The Steelers didn’t know what to do without the Refs making terrible calls in the second half so they decided to make a terrible call of their own.
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    Funny how you never hear Steeler fans bring up the worst officiated game ever, the Superbowl against the Seahawks.

    You want to talk about terrible then just reference that pathetic officiated game.

  3. hines86for6 says: Nov 4, 2012 7:40 PM

    Did Mike Tomlin really think that had a better chance than Isaac Redman from 4th and a foot?

  4. csilojohnson says: Nov 4, 2012 7:47 PM

    Still sour in Seattle? Well unfortunatly your crying game has been bumped down to number two for worst officiating. They didn’t spot the Steelers 14 points in that super bowl. Really if you take your homer glasses off you would see Seattle probably still would have lost that game despite the bad calls.

  5. pitt9292 says: Nov 4, 2012 7:48 PM

    Its Clear that the refs felt sorry just trying to give this game to them

  6. pitt9292 says: Nov 4, 2012 7:48 PM

    This game would have been played in Pitt had it not been in Goodells home town. He is pathetic

  7. jja80 says: Nov 4, 2012 7:55 PM

    Actually when I think about the Pittsburgh/Seattle SB, I think about the horrible coaching job from Holmgren.

  8. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 4, 2012 8:07 PM

    Well said smokingconch.

  9. baltimorebob says: Nov 4, 2012 9:23 PM

    cooklynn17 says:Nov 4, 2012 7:37 PM

    smokingconch says: Nov 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    The Steelers didn’t know what to do without the Refs making terrible calls in the second half so they decided to make a terrible call of their own.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Funny how you never hear Steeler fans bring up the worst officiated game ever, the Superbowl against the Seahawks.

    You want to talk about terrible then just reference that pathetic officiated game.

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    Hey cooklynn17 my God this argument is so, so old. From a Ravens fan and football fan. Just get over it. The Steelers have the trophy! If Seattle had the perserverence to overcome the bad calls just like the Steelers did today, then maybe they could have also won. But obviously they didn’t. Again, get over it.

  10. erniecohen says: Nov 5, 2012 8:56 AM

    It would have been a reasonable call if they had 4th and goal at the 3 or 4, but with 4th and a foot it was beyond insanity.

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