Steelers Say They Expected To Have Chance To Run Fake Punt Vs Bengals

Yesterday’s biggest play didn’t come from Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, or anyone on the Cincinnati Bengals. It came from the most unlikely of places – reserve safety Robert Golden. Golden fired a 44 yard completion to Darrius Heyward-Bey late in the fourth quarter, a play that honestly sealed the win for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Those types of plays don’t just happen. They’re planned, repped, and ultimately executed. Talking about the fake after the game, the Steelers said they knew going in it was a play they might use.

Golden said in film review leading up to the game, they watched the Bengals be aggressive and leave gunners uncovered.

“A lot of teams try to show that look on film,” he said via Steelers.com. “We saw them doing it last week versus Buffalo. And we knew we may have an opportunity to do it. And when the opportunity presents itself, the coaches have the confidence in me to run it. And we were able to execute it.”

Heyward-Bey said similar.

“Danny Smith, our special teams coordinator, and Rob Golden just did a great job seeing what they were doing. They told me to alert for it. And at the end of the game, it showed up and Rob G threw a perfect ball.”

As Dave Bryan pointed out yesterday, the Golden did the same thing once before. Against the Cleveland Browns back in 2014, he hit an uncovered Antwon Blake down the left side for a first down. The same story played out yesterday. As you probably saw live, the Bengals left DHB alone, creating the alert for the fake.

It was a risky play in that if it didn’t work, the Bengals would have the ball with great field position in a two-score game. But it was the right look, right design, and a play the Steelers say always work on. When it comes together perfectly, it looks how it did Sunday. And you get that big bear hug from Danny Smith.

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  • blackandgoldBullion

    A perfect throw from Golden. My, that sounds so wierd.

  • nutty32

    Golden said he played 4 years of QB in high school during his post game. Still butt ugly form!

  • Matt Manzo

    So it was DHB that alerted Golden and Golden alerted the Center?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    One thing this shows and should not be taken lightly: That if we didn’t convert that play Tomlin has total faith in this defense to stop the Bengals.

  • Alex Kozora

    No, I think Golden starts the whole process.

  • SwagDaddy330

    As much as I (we) bang on Danny Smith – got to give him credit for that.

    Nice job Danny.

  • SwagDaddy330

    Great point. When was the last time we could say that.

  • Brenton deed

    Ultimately you have to have faith in your ability to execute. If they’d worked out this play and run it at practice then why not run it? It helps that it was a two score margin but the play is not inherently risky given the circumstances and the fact that it’d been rehearsed.

  • Mike C.

    It also appears that not everyone is in on it. Berry doesn’t even try to sell a punt and Chick barely lays a hand on the Bengal who charges at Golden. Not sure they knew what was taking place, which is a good thing, IMO. The more who know, the greater the possibility of tipping the play.

  • NW86

    For those that wanted Golden and DHB cut in the preseason, this is why they are still on the roster. Not just specifically this play, but they are there for the fact that they are the vets that the team has total trust in to make on field decisions and execute them on special teams.

  • Aj Gentile

    Lets be honest, probably the best deep ball this season for the Steelers lol

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    Too bad they couldn’t put Martavis Bryant on the play because that might be the best deep ball Bryant will see all year and the only guy capable of hitting him it’s probably Robert Golden

  • dany

    Haven’t seen Tomlin been this confident in the defense since starting the redskins game with an onside kick in 08