Did the refs knock the Steelers out of playoff contention with a Cam Heyward penalty?
Referees for the Steelers and Ravens sparked controversy when they hit Cam Heyward with a costly and questionable unnecessary roughness penalty.
The last thing football fans want is for a match to be decided by a stupid penalty.
It’s possible that Sunday Night Football between the Steelers and Ravens falls into this controversial category.
With seconds to play before halftime, Pittsburgh earned a third save that would have forced Baltimore to settle for a field goal. However, there was pushing and shoving on the stack after the tackle, resulting in an unnecessary roughness penalty against Cam Heyward.
Immediately, fans questioned the call. He looked relatively harmless. At most, there could have been compensatory penalties since Heyward had been caught in the stack by the Baltimore players in the first place. Instead, only one side received a major penalty for something minor.
The Ravens got a first as a result, quickly scoring a touchdown on a pass from Tyler Huntley to Isaiah Likely.
Essentially, Baltimore got four extra points because of the penalty. In the fourth quarter, the four-point margin between the teams stood out.
Cam Heyward’s questionable penalty could cost the Steelers the playoffs
The Steelers have held on to hopes of making the playoffs, winning five of their last seven since the start of the season 2-6. The game against the Ravens was a must to win. A loss would eliminate Pittsburgh.
Bad calls happen all the time in the NFL. Ultimately, teams are responsible for controlling what they can control. If they lose because of a bad call, they haven’t done enough elsewhere for the call to have an impact.
Still, it’s always a shame to see umpires so obviously involved in a possible outcome. This one can be expensive.
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