Steelers Trail Giants & Referees 14-10 At The Half

The Pittsburgh Steelers are down 14-10 at halftime to the New York Giants and the Bill Leavy led officiating crew at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants have been beneficiaries of several bad calls against the Steelers and it started with a bad pass interference call against cornerback Keenan Lewis. Later on in the drive, safety Ryan Clark was flagged for a personal foul call after hitting Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz shoulder to shoulder in the end zone on an incomplete third down pass deep in the Steelers end of the field.

Giants running back Andre Brown scored a few plays later after seemingly being stopped short of the goal-line. After a review the play stood as called.

The bad calls did not stop there as their the Giants were awarded a touchdown on a fumble return by linebacker Michael Boley after the ball slipped out of the throwing hand of Ben Roethlisberger as his arm was going forward. The play should have been overturned by the tuck rule, but wasn\’t after the officials reviewed it. Also missed on the return was a block in the back on tight end Heath Miller on the return.

The Steelers did run the ball well in the first half as running back Isaac Redman has 87 yards on 14 carries.

  • Matt Lipner

    Say what you will about Ben’s “fumble”, but missing that blatant block in the back on Heath was inexcusable. First PI on Lewis was also completely wrong.

  • Steve Duncan

    The whole first half of calls was inexcusible. I am glad Wallace finally showcased his speed though, we needed that badly.

  • Steve Duncan

    Great job coming away with the win despite the best efforts of the NFL.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    How about that hit on Cruz’s head? I hope his ribs are okay….

  • The Dane

    Eli Manning elite?! I think not. zero pass completions on 3rd downs.

    And boy it felt good to win against those ref calls!

  • Intropy

    That wasn’t a tuck rule play. That was a flat out threw-the-ball-forward incomplete pass.

  • Brendon Glad

    I’m posting after the victory. The refs had me taking names…but all I know is this…if THAT performance is somewhat representative to how the 2012 Steelers are going to play…then they are going to be one HELL of a handful come January. With or without bill Leavy

  • Nice win by the Steelers despite the refs trying to give the NY fans a sympathy win after Sandy.

  • Brendon Glad

    Here’s my deal…I live in KU country, so whiny fans on officiating normally irritate me. Steeler fans almost never do that…but maybe I’m just getting old and negative or something, but other than the redskin game I have been breathing fire all year on the officials…I used to even place a wager here and there on the Steelers…but not any more. I’m convinced it is no longer coincidence. So this victory became as sweet as a regular season game has been in quite some time

  • SteelSpine

    I too had typically thought complaining about officiating was whiny, seemed like I was one of very-few who felt that way. But now at this halftime I felt: Wow now I know what Denver musta felt like in our first game this year (Denver overcame it tho to win), & maybe this is why Holmgren complained after his Seattle Seahawks lost SB (to us last decade).

  • SteelSpine

    Coincidently I too at the time thought it was hurricane sypmpathy for NY/NJ.

  • SteelSpine

    Hahaheh, phantom hit to the head. Usually of a bad call regarding helmet at-least it’s because a shoulder or chest hit a guy’s head, but this was shoulder to shoulder, noone’s head hit anything.