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Still Sick and Distraught; Five Things to Takeaway From the Steelers Crushing Loss to the Patriots

3. Haley and Tomlin Deserve Plenty of Blame on the Final Play

If you heard Ben Roethlisberger talk about it after the game, he clearly stated that he wanted to spike the ball on 3rd down in the final seconds, giving the Steelers a shot at OT after Chris Boswell would have kicked what was basically an extra point.

Instead, Ben said it was the coaches who implored him to run a play, and it was a disaster as the team was nowhere near ready, and it seemed that Eli Rogers was the only player who ran a route, and as we all know, Ben forced an awful pass into him that was picked off after it was deflected and Duron Harmon came down with it.

Teams run plenty of two-minute and even one-minute drills to know what to do in certain situations, and why the Steelers coaches felt with the game on the line after the letdown of what was a touchdown two plays before to Jesse James to try and force a play is beyond me.

Ben should have spiked it, kick the field goal, and hope that if needed your defense steps up in overtime. But while there’s blame on Ben for the bad pass, it was a play that never should have happened.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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