Steelers coach Mike Tomlin almost waved the white flag of surrender when he sent the marking team to the field on the 1st and 1st holes near the midfield, and fell behind 35-23 on Sunday night. But later, Tomlin defended this move.
Tomlin cited his defense and field stance on punts.
Tomlin said through ESPN: “We paused a bit and wanted to stop them, maybe to provide a short distance for our offense.” “We may have stopped two or three consecutive stops. I just want to maintain momentum in the field positioning. But we are like this. It’s not good enough.”
But the Steelers’ defense did not stop. Instead, the Browns advanced to the court in the next game, providing a 43-23 lead for touchdowns.
If Tomlin wins the championship in fourth and first place, then the Steelers may still lose. After all, they are 12 points behind and completely out of date. However, at least doing so will give the Steelers a chance. The punt ended their last realistic chance of coming back.