It’s 24 hours later, and I for one am still numb. There hasn’t been a game that has hurt this bad in a very long time. Sure you can say that the AFC Title game in January against New England was worse, but that game was pretty much decided by early in the 3rd quarter.
There hasn’t been an outcome that has stung like this since maybe the Denver Wild Card Tebow letdown back in 2011, or maybe even Super Bowl XLV when the Steelers did have a shot in the end, only to come up short against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Dallas 31-25.
This game had so much riding on it, and even after losing a legit MVP candidate in Antonio Brown, the Steelers, thanks in part to a great game by the offensive line and Le’Veon Bell, dominated the game for the most part.
Yes, the Patriots do what they do best when you have a Hall of Fame QB in Tom Brady, but the Steelers had the game in their hands when Jesse James CROSSED THE GOAL LINE with the football with :28 seconds left to give the Steelers the lead.
Forget that it was a play that benefited the Steelers and likely would have given them their biggest regular season win since last Christmas day over the Ravens, you will NEVER convince me that the play wasn’t a touchdown, and if you disagree just look at the number of Patriots fans who actually respectfully agreed it was a touchdown.
But no matter, the incompetent officials basically stole one from the Steelers, and now the team has to make sure not to have a letdown on Christmas day in Houston against the Texans.
Back to the Pats game, here’s five takeaways, some that are good, some that obviously are not, but in the end, I can only hope like the rest of Steeler Nation there’s a rematch down the road – no matter where it’s played.