Officials Got Illegal Touching Call On Antwon Blake Correct

The illegal touching called on Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Antwon Blake following the second quarter punt by Zoltan Mesko against the Oakland Raiders was certainly a big play in the game and a few people have asked me if I could make an animated gif of it.

I have done just that and have watched it for on loop for nearly five minutes. I think it is clear that the ball changes direction after Blake takes a swipe at it and I feel the officials got this one right when the reviewed it.

The Steelers were down 14-3 at the time and needless to say, getting possession of the football at the Raiders 28 yard-line could have easily put them right back in the game.

Plays like this seem to be a common occurrence this season for the Steelers as every bouncing ball seems to go against them. Regardless, major kudos to safety Shamarko Thomas, who alertly pounced on the loose football.

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