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Steelers Had Two Bad Penalty Calls Go Against Them In Loss To Chiefs


I never blame losses on bad penalty calls, but I am never afraid to point out bad calls when I see them. During the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs there were two penalties called that certainly shouldn\’t have been.

With 5:04 left in the first half, Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen was flagged for unnecessary roughness for hitting Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith out of bounds following a scramble for 38 yards down the left sideline. However, as you will see in the two animated gifs below, Allen was actually pushed into Smith by Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano and he did his best to try to avoid contact.

Steelers Chiefs animated gif Cortez Allen penalty

Steelers Chiefs animated gif Cortez Allen penalty

Earlier in the game, running back Jonathan Dwyer was flagged for an illegal chop block with 13:36 left in the first half. A chop block occurs when a player is “chopped” while engaged with another player. Can anyone tell me who Chiefs linebacker Akeem Jordan is engaged with prior to Dwyer cutting him? The bogus penalty negated a 25-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to wide receiver Antonio Brown that would have given the Steelers the ball at the Chiefs 17 yard-line. Instead, the drive stalled two players later near midfield.

Steelers Chiefs animated gif Jonathan Dwyer penalty

Steelers Chiefs animated gif Jonathan Dwyer penalty

At least this was a preseason game, but head coach Mike Tomlin was rightfully ticked off after the game nonetheless.

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  • george

    According to Tunch and Wolf on radio they thought the holding call on Pouncey was also bad,

  • steeltown

    Yes.. as much as I hate to blame penalties (or injury) the Chiefs got some help in this game will a few bogus calls

  • kakello34

    This team will go as far as the OL can take them. Lets hope that no starters are injured.

  • BurgherinMD

    Even though it gives Ben one less target with fewer receivers, Beachum as an extra tackle provided very solid protection on play action. A neat wrinkle I hope to continue to see.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    the push on Allen was also a block in the back which should have been called on the guy blocking him.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    and was this not the same bunch of meat heads of a crew that had our game in Washington last week, when they littered the field with flags???

  • Zach Clary

    How about the Sanders TD catch they called a non-catch because he juggled it. He clearly had possession going into the endzone and he broke the plane with possession? He only bobbled the ball after his elbow hit the ground but he kept ahold of it.

    Or the first down catch by Hemingway that clearly hit the ground and the officials called it a catch.

  • stigs007

    They need to make these penalties on QB’s reviewable, it’s the only way to truly protect the guys like they want while not affecting the integrity of the game. That was a bang bang play, but there’s no reason they can’t make it right.

  • Crazy Bone

    I thought the Dwyer penalty was particularly bad. There was no one near the blitzing player when Dwyer made contact. Tomlin said it is pre season for the officials as well. Let’s hope they get better as the season starts.

  • dgh57

    Obviously, that ref that called the Dwyer penalty doesn’t know the rule book! I wish refs could be fined for bad calls just like players!!

  • JohnnyV1

    Definitely some officials w/ itchy trigger fingers. Just watched the game this morning, and agree with those two and a third I saw.

  • charles

    Someone said that after all the flags in the Redskin game that Tomlin had some retired refs come and watch the linemen during practicee to give them an officails approach. Did not matter they simply threw BS flags for other reasons.

  • Larry Sarver

    You betcha!!!!!

  • Don

    I don’t know if that was a bad call. I think it’s just that the NFL rule has gotten so stupid these days on what is a reception.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    We’re averaging 8 penalties per game this preseason, bogus or not. The team seems to lack discipline. I’m not sure how you fix that, but it’s gotta come from Tomlin.

  • Zach Clary

    Just my personal thoughts on that particular play. I feel like if the player breaks the plane of the endzone with possession that that’s a touchdown. Shouldn’t matter what happens to the ball after that happens.

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