Steelers 21 - Colts 18
Well, you all saw the game. I don't have to tell you what happened, so I won't. I just want to explain some of my opinions on different things that happened in the game.The "No Call"
During the 3rd Quarter, there was a play when some Colts defensive players jumped offsides and then pointed at the Steelers offensive line, accusing them of false starting. The refs ran in and stopped the play, blowing there whistles. Then, after huddling to discuss it, the head official said that there was no foul on the play and that it that the Steelers would do the play over. I am sorry, but if there was no foul, the refs would never have blown the whistle. Also, it was clear to everyone that the Colts defensive players made contact with the Steelers offensive line, which is a penalty. Even if the refs would have called the Steelers for false start I would have been happier than them not calling anything. That was a joke.The Interception that Wasn't
You saw the play. You know Troy Polamalu intercepted the pass. Everyone knows that it was an interception. All of the broadcasters, even those for the Colts, could tell that the replays clearly showed that Troy had possession, then attempted a "football move" as the league calls it, then his knee hit the ball, knocking it out. There is only one person on the planet that could call that an incomplete pass. It just so happens that that one person was the head referee for the game, Pete Morelli. Morelli tried to explain the call but didn't do a very good job of it. All year we have been hearing that the league redefined what a catch is, to make it more cut-and-dry to the officials. If a player catches a pass and maintains possession and attempts a "football move", then it is a catch. The NFL defines Possession
as follows: When a player controls the ball throughout the act of clearly touching both feet, or any other part of his body other than his hand(s), to the ground inbounds. A football move is any act which is common for a player with possession of the football (i.e. turning, jumping, running, etc.). I think that it was clear that Troy Polamalu had possession and attempted a football move. He rolled on the ground and attempted to get up, all while maintaining possession. It was about as easy of a call as there could have been, and the ref still blew it. Luckily for him, the Steelers won.Peyton Manning Calling Off the Punt
That was just a sign of disrespect to Coach Tony Dungy. Coach Dungy told the punt unit to go on the field and Manning told them to get off. They got off. It does not matter that the 4th down play worked for the Colts. A player should never supersede his coach.
The Steelers got lucky to come away with the win, but maybe it was more than luck. Maybe the football gods were smiling on them.
The Steelers will play in Denver next Sunday for the AFC Championship game.