Zac Taylor: NFL admits missed OPI call on Steelers’ first touchdown on Monday night

Getty Images

The first touchdown scored by the Steelers on Monday night shouldn’t have been a touchdown at all.

Via USA Today, Bengals coach Zac Taylor said the league office has acknowledged that the on-field officials and the replay-review process missed offensive pass interference committed by Pittsburgh on the play that resulted in a touchdown pass from quarterback Mason Rudolph to running back James Conner.

Replays showed that an ineligible receiver was downfield — and that he engaged with a defender. The first part isn’t subject to replay review; the second part is. But neither the in-stadium replay official nor the league office engaged the replay function.

The evidence was clear and obvious. Right tackle Matt Feller released very early, and he blocked linebacker Preston Brown.

“If they are down the field before the ball is thrown, then there’s an ineligible receiver downfield,” Taylor said. “On a touchdown, you can’t challenge whether it was OPI down the field. So if they engage with a second-level defender, which they did . . . and they said that they missed it. That part is hard, because we can’t challenge that because it was a scoring play. I made that mistake in the preseason. So that part was frustrating.”

Frustrating indeed. This wasn’t some obscure maneuver away from the action. Feller blocked Brown not far away from the spot where Conner caught the ball. If called, the touchdown would have been taken off the board, and the Steelers would have had the ball on the Cincinnati 31, facing third and 12, and trailing 3-0.

14 responses to “Zac Taylor: NFL admits missed OPI call on Steelers’ first touchdown on Monday night

  1. Not that it made a difference because the Bengals are absolutely abysmal but no one knows what PI is anymore and being able to challenge it is dumb. In my opinion the OPI they called on the Steelers that stood I forget who it was on but I thought that wasn’t looking at the replay after Tomlin challenged it.

  2. Time was when this would have been alarming.
    Now it’s like, oh yeah? So what you expect?

  3. Reviewing a play for a score and reviewing a play for PI are 2 different reviews and should be treated as such. If the league is going to allow PI challenges they should allow the same on scoring plays.

  4. How do they miss it when every play is reviewed ? Like when the took Diggs TD away at Green Bay

  5. Wait he wasn’t ruled as a receiver. How could review possibly be in play here for pass interference. And the can of worms is now open and flowing. But but let’s just stomp our feet and blame everybody else cause we lost. OMG. It just gets worse from here.

  6. When they review a scoring play they should review the entire play, not only whether the guy broke the plane or stayed in-bounds or whatever. Anything reviewable should be in play on a scoring review specifically because coaches can’t challenge things they normally would/could.

  7. Thats ok I guess they made it even with that horrible OPI they upheld on Steelers receiver Johnny Horton. It was challenged, reviewed, and still upheld. I for the life of me cannot understand how or why. Nor does anything I have heard, read, or saw understand how that was OPI. This is turning into a hot mess very quickly. Oh and I never like to judge someone that does a job that I cannot, but Al Riveron absolutely is horrible… Not his first screw up by far, still have heard no justification on this call, ridiculous..

  8. Ans this is a surprise how? They also missed holding on almost every Steelers offensive snap as well but that is typical when it comes to Pitt, who get away with penalties and dirty plays every single game.

  9. Refs miss linemen downfield 90+% of time it happens. Engaging with a defender should make it a bit more visible to officials. Doing it right in front of guy who catches the pass gets into incompetence territory. And if they already review every scoring play, should catch that. Should…..

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.