Steelers Overcome Bad Calls & Injuries To Beat Giants 24-20 – Game Recap

Running back Isaac Redman rushed for a 147 yards on 26 carries and scored from one yard out to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 24-20 win Sunday over the New York Giants in a game that was filled with bad calls against the black and gold.

Redman, who got the start due to Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer sitting out the game injured, ran very hard and decisive up the middle, with most of his yards coming between the tackles. The Steelers running back had missed the last two games due to an ankle injury suffered back in Week 5 to the Tennessee Titans, but showed no ill-effects Sunday night.

Not only did the Steelers have to beat the Giants, but they also had to beat the officials that were led by referee Bill Leavy. The bad calls started with a questionable pass interference call on cornerback Keenan Lewis with 10:50 left in the first half and continued on later in the drive when safety Ryan Clark was flagged for a personal foul for his shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz in the end zone following an incomplete third down pass that was almost intercepted by cornerback Ike Taylor.

The referees called Clark for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver, but replays showed that the hit was indeed textbook as well as legal.

One play later the officials ruled that Giants running back Andre Brown had scored from one-yard out, but even that replay looked like Brown was down before the ball broke the goal-line. The play was reviewed but not overturned.

On the Steelers next drive, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a ball slip out of his hand as his arm was moving forward while under heavy pressure. Giants linebacker Michael Boley scooped up the loose ball and returned it 70 yards and it was ruled a touchdown. Replays showed that the play should have been ruled incomplete per the “tuck rule”, but after an official review, the play was ruled as called on the field.

Also on the return by Boley for the score, the referees missed a block in the back Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul on Steelers tight end Heath Miller to add injury to insult.

Despite the adversity, the Steelers only trailed 14-10 at the half. The Giants added a two field goals by Lawrence Tynes on their first two possessions of the second half to give them a 10 point lead, but the Steelers offense answered back with a 5 play, 75 yard that was capped off with a 51 yard pass from Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace to pull the Steelers within 3 points.

The Steelers defense forced the Giants offense to go three and out on their next possession and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who was forced into punt return duty after both Antonio Brown and Chris Rainey left the game with injuries, returned the ensuing punt 63 yards to set the offense up at the Giants 12 yard-line with 12:36 left in the game. The Steelers offense could not capitalize on the return as kicker Shaun Suisham was tackled for a one yard loss on an attempted fake field goal on fourth down.

The Steelers defense bailed out the bad decision of head coach Mike Tomlin by forcing the Giants offense and their quarterback Eli Manning to go three and out once again.

At that point, the Steelers offensive line took over the game and the offense drove 51 yards on 9 plays to take the lead with 4:08 left in the game. That drive featured key passes from Roethlisberger to Miller and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and was capped off by the aforementioned one yard touchdown run by Redman.

The Giants still had plenty of time left on the clock but the Steelers defense forced a third straight three and out that culminated in linebacker LaMarr Woodley sacking Manning on third down.

The Steelers offense got the ball back with 2:52 left in the game and Roethlisberger hit Sanders for 16 yards on third down with 2:40 left in the game to effectively put the game on ice.

It was a signature win of sorts for the Steelers, who now move to 5-3 on the season. They now will go back home to host the hapless Kansas City Chiefs next Monday night.

Tomlin said after the win that Brown suffered a mild left high ankle sprain and that Rainey suffered a rib injury of sorts that could be cartilage related. Both players will be evaluated again when the team returns back to Pittsburgh and it would not be surprising to see both miss the Monday night game.

  • DoctorNoah

    I have seen a lot of games and a lot of poor calls, but rarely, if ever, a string of so many bad calls mad against a single team. And this, with the benefit of replay cameras. The league’s referees owe the Steelers an explanation of the reviewed plays and how they were called as they were. I am very glad we overcame that adversity to win the game, but that eventual outcome is no excuse. The refs had ample opportunities to make bad calls right and they failed.

  • Ahmad

    Great win here by the Steelers! Now it’s time to face the Chiefs in a trap game in 8 days. Should be fun.

  • dgh57

    There was a time this season where I couldn’t take those replacement refs any longer!!! Then we get the regular refs back and its back to the same as before: terrible, blown, awful, bad and anything else ya want to call it CALLS!!!! It was bad enough to have to play the defending Champion 6-2 Giants at their place but the REFS also?!!! I don’t expect to hear anything from the League office about these calls either.

    My hat is off to the Steelers for this win after overcoming both obstacles!!

  • George

    Giants fan here.

    Congrats guys. The better team won. With all the calls that went our way, I figured we would win this but justice was served. I don’t mind losing but we were outplayed in all phases.

    I’d say I hope to see you guys down the road but I’ll try my luck with Houston if we get that far.

    Anyway, enjoy it.

  • Jason White

    Yeah and I don’t care what any so called analyst says about that “fumble”. It was clearly a forward pass. He never lost possession on the ball until it was almost all the way forward. The PI call on Lewis was complete BS and really ignited that drive and even that wasn’t enough that they had to call a horrible headshot on RC (wonder if they try to fine him for it) I think the Steelers and their fans are owed a formal apology from the league office. I know we were fortunate enough to get the win but those were obvious bad calls that have alot of people questioning the integrity of the game.

  • Rudy Meighan

    Roger, is the one name that comes to mind for all the really bad calls against the Steelers in front of millions of people week after week. He is a crook and i am sure he has his hand print all over these bad calls. Say what you want, and i will say what i know and seen when they hold our linebackers in front of the refs and they completely ignore it week in and week out. When they hold our receivers week in and week out no calls. When they hit Ben late after the pass is gone, no calls week in and week out. when the Steelers make a hard tackle there seems to be a penalty. Roger the crook.

  • How about the no-call when the two Giants special teamers speared Rainey after he was already down on the play he got hurt? I don’t think he got hurt on the tackle, I think it was the two guys coming in late.

  • Reader783

    The fix was on in this one. Then again, I feel like it is every game, but this one was a little bit more obvious.

  • Dan

    Agreed, the imaginary PI against Lewis, fumble against Big Ben and truly bizarre call against Ryan (the Lewis and Ryan plays were actually textbook what you’re supposed to do) were the worse calls I’ve seen since Phil Lucket was an official. Add in the missed clip against Miller on the “fumble” return and this was certainly attrocious, borderline criminal officiating. Not to mention other issues I heard about that weren’t captured on camera.

    All in all, I think these two teams would have made it a one-possession game at the end no matter what happened in the first 3 quarters. I’m just grateful we played well enough to overcome it. Kudos to our O-line and Mr. Redman. I love how our offense is coming together.

    PS – I heard a rumor Phil Lucket was the supervising official that confirmed the last minute TD reception for Seattle over Green Bay. I haven’t seen this confirmed, but I don’t think any other earthling would have made such a decision. Hard to imagine how he could be still employed by the league.

    PPS – I agree with Tomlin’s call on the fake field goal. Except for the part where it didn’t work.