Without Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers put up one heck of a fight against the Patriots and certainly have nothing to be ashamed of after a 27-16 loss on Sunday. The officials, on the other hand, might be feeling a little bad about their role in what transpired.
Ron Cook for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette examined some of the sloppy mistakes that cost the Steelers this week and found one of the penalties that went against the team may have been an incorrect call. At least that’s what Chris Hubbard indicated when the right tackle said a referee came over and informed him he didn’t think the holding penalty that negated a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter was a penalty at all.
“The ref came over to me and said he didn’t think that was a hold call,” Hubbard said. “I didn’t pull (Collins) down. He slipped. I guess they felt the need to still call it …
“It hurts. It feels like this is my fault. You miss opportunities, you pay for it.”
The drive ended with a 42-yard field goal try that wound up being no good. Instead of the Steelers getting seven points, they walked away with zero. While you can’t blame a loss on one erroneous call, especially when the scoring play in question wasn’t even the decisive points. That being said, it certainly could have impacted momentum, perhaps even affected the play calling, decision making and situations during the course of the game, seeing as the Steelers would’ve tied the game at 14.
Of course, complaining about it won’t change anything now. That was the call on the field, and it stood, as will the result of the game. That being said, as much as the Steelers hurt themselves, it appears the officials may not have done them any favors on that particular play either.