Originally Posted by ken
What were the Steelers challenging?
In yesterday's Sunday Night game, Denver completed a pass to the two-yard line. The receiver made a leap for the goal line, fumbled in the process, and the ball rolled past Polamalu out of bounds. The refs made the right call and called him down at the two because his knee touched the ground.
Simultaneous to Manning's next snap, Tomlin threw the challenge flag. The refs didn't see it immediately and let the play continue, but it was later reversed and Tomlin was allowed to challenge.
My question is: What the hell was Tomlin challenging? I must have blanked out or something. Was he challenging the spot? Was he challenging the fumble? The announcers didn't make it clear. All they said was that he was going to lose the challenge (which he did).
Tomlin was challenging the fumble, which subsequently rolled out of bounds in the end zone. Had it been ruled a fumble, it would have been Stillers ball at the 20 yard line - a touchback.
In real-time, it was a bang-bang play and I understood why he might have wanted to challenge at that moment. His people didn't get a chance to see the play upstairs because Manning was, intelligently enough, rushing to snap the ball for the next play so they wouldn't get that chance. He gambled, I think not unreasonably, and lost.
[aside]I'm not an NFL QB and I've never been in the situation obviously, and I'm not trying to take anything away from Peyton Manning, who is legitimately a brilliant guy.... BUT I think announcers give guys too much credit for simple heads-up plays. I hate it when they go on and on about how brilliant some guy is for wanting to get the next snap off quickly on a close, possibly re-playable play. This is your job. Or when they talk about how brilliant a guy is for staying in bounds in the closing minutes of a game when his team has the lead. This is basic stuff, people.[/aside]