The Pittsburgh Steelers had slashed the Baltimore Ravens’ lead to 13-7 late in the third quarter last night when Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff that looked like it was going to be another score, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was in the way on the field.
Jones ran 73 yards but Tomlin’s position forced Jones to change his path which allowed Steeler’s players to catch him and stop the touchdown. The Ravens would eventually settle for a field goal on the drive.
Jones called Tomlin out immediately for the infraction which can be seen below.
After the Ravens 22-20 win, Tomlin admitted to making a mistake:
“I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron,” Tomlin told reporters. “It provides a better perspective for me. Obviously, I lost my placement as he broke free. I started at the last second and saw how close I was to the field of play.”
Tomlin realizes that, in this specific case, he made a mistake.
“I do it quite often like everyone else in the National Football League,” Tomlin said. “I was wrong. I accept responsibility for it.”
The NFL is currently reviewing the incident which will probably result in a fine for Tomlin.