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.