It appears that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still not ready to let that overturned touchdown call go from their Week 15 loss to the New England Patriots.
Steelers tight end Jesse James appeared to have caught the game-winning touchdown pass, but replay showed that when he extended the ball into the end zone he lost control once he hit the ground. Roethlisberger thinks that as a whole officials need to take a step back during games.
“I think officials are calling a lot, maybe too much. I think officials are taking the game away some times,” Roethlisberger said on his 93.7 The Fan weekly radio appearance, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “I think that they’re affecting the outcome, and I’m not trying to criticize officiating because I don’t want to get fined or anything like that. I’ve heard it from many people. You watch a game and it’s like almost every snap there seems to be a penalty and whether it’s warranted or unwarranted, it just seems like there’s a lot of penalties being called nowadays.”
Roethlisberger and the Steelers have every reason to be upset about that call. While according to the rule book, James probably did not complete that catch, it can very much be argued that he did.
The rule states that the pass catcher must maintain control of the football while going to the ground. However, James’ knee hit the ground, and then he extended the ball across the goal line which demonstrated a great deal of control.