Mike Tomlin “dozed off” before Raiders’ game-winning field goal

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The Steelers went into Sunday night needing only one simple thing not to happen: The Chargers-Raiders game couldn’t end in a tie. The Sunday Night Football game had all of Pittsburgh on the edge of their seats, or so you would think.

Mike Tomlin said he was asleep when Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson made the game-winning field goal on the final play of overtime to avoid a tie that would have eliminated the Steelers.

I dozed off,” Tomlin said Tuesday, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “I knew I had a workday waiting on me, or I assumed that I had a workday waiting on me. I think at one point, [the Raiders] were up by 15, and that number made you somewhat comfortable.

“I’m probably better off not having watched it.”

The Steelers had only a 9 percent chance to make the postseason before Sunday started, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. But here they are.

Everything fell Pittsburgh’s way Sunday.

“I can’t say enough about the group,” Tomlin said. “Their buy-in, their fight, their selflessness. You’re not in this tournament unless you’re all of those things and then some.

“We don’t think we’re unique compared to the other 13 teams, but we are appreciative of what it is that we’ve had to do to be a part of this field.”

19 responses to “Mike Tomlin “dozed off” before Raiders’ game-winning field goal

  1. I actually like his idea of probably better off not watching it. Why stress about things you can not control? Probably will live longer than most of us! (Full disclosure I was hoping for a tie because I don’t really like the Steelers)

  2. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    January 11, 2022 at 3:32 pm
    He is getting old. Time sure has flown by.

    Tomlin is 50 in March. Please define ‘old’.

  3. I am not a huge Tomlin fan, but he should be considered (and he won’t be) for Coach of the Year this year for guiding the Steelers to the playoffs. They are one-and-done but that should not offset the incredible job he did this year.

  4. orangecrush78 says:
    January 11, 2022 at 3:31 pm
    I actually like his idea of probably better off not watching it. Why stress about things you can not control? Probably will live longer than most of us! (Full disclosure I was hoping for a tie because I don’t really like the Steelers)

    Um, why watch any game then? This game is most definitely going take some years off my life, but it’s FOOTBALL

  5. How could one snooze off during that game? Im not a fan of either team, but what a great game!

  6. I dozed off too and The Raiders are my team. I feel better not stressing over it every single game they give me a heart attack.

  7. I can’t believe John Madden would be happy…. Keeping Pittsburgh OUT should always be Raiders number 1 after getting in. If you can get in playoffs and keep Steelers out! WIN WIN This Raider team failed

  8. txpatsfan says:
    January 11, 2022 at 3:57 pm
    I am not a huge Tomlin fan, but he should be considered (and he won’t be) for Coach of the Year this year for guiding the Steelers to the playoffs. They are one-and-done but that should not offset the incredible job he did this year.
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    Incredible job= 2-6 against teams that finished the season with a winning record=Coach of the Year????????? Hahahahaaha

  9. Christopher Allan says:
    January 11, 2022 at 5:09 pm
    txpatsfan says:
    January 11, 2022 at 3:57 pm
    I am not a huge Tomlin fan, but he should be considered (and he won’t be) for Coach of the Year this year for guiding the Steelers to the playoffs. They are one-and-done but that should not offset the incredible job he did this year.
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    Incredible job= 2-6 against teams that finished the season with a winning record=Coach of the Year????????? Hahahahaaha
    ————-
    That’s kind of simplistic. He beat the Browns twice, the Bills, the Titans, and the Ravens twice. The Titans are the #1 seed and the Ravens were widely considered the best team in the AFC when the Steelers beat them the first time.

  10. As I watched the final quarter, I kept thinking about Mike Tomlin and Big Ben. Tomlin saved himself a lot of stress. I don’t know if Big Ben was watching, but he’s retiring at the end of the season, so his career was almost over. Probably the wildest game I’ve ever seen, as far as the effect it had on everyone. Even the other AFC playoff teams and their fans. The tie would have changed the matchups.

  11. Tomlin won’t admit it but he “Dozed” during the Detroit game as well as during every NFL Draft.
    Other than Watt and the WR position they haven’t drafted any decent depth at crucial positions.
    He seems himself as a savior for players like Haskins but he is anything but. He won with Cower’s players and Ben
    for a long time and has been mediocre way to long. Subtract all those years when they were beating lousy Browns
    and Bengals teams and you see his record isn’t that good. Because of him and the retiring GM Colbert the cupboard is empty.
    They will be in AFC North cellar dwellers for awhile without a QB. The Steel Curtain is now a Chain Link.
    Rooney Junior is an empty suit who will do nothing but cash the checks.

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