Steelers coach Mike Tomlin subtly shades Ravens after they miss 2-point conversion for win
In what was likely Ben Roethlisberger’s last home game against the Baltimore Ravens in the black and gold, he came through when it mattered, throwing two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a thrilling win by a score of 20-19.
The Steelers victory was clinched when they stopped the Ravens’ two-point conversion late in the game. The Ravens scored with 12 seconds left off a Lamar Jackson pass to Sammy Watkins. But TJ Watt disrupted the ensuing play, allowing Pittsburgh to improve to 6-5-1.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin threw some shade the Ravens’ way after the game for their decision to go for the two-point conversion.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Ravens going for 2: “They aggressively play analytics, so from that standpoint, they’re predicable.”
— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) December 6, 2021
Tossing the Ravens’ failure up to analytics feels somewhat lazy, as they were very close to securing the conversion. Ravens coach John Harbaugh also explained after the game why he did it, and his decision wasn’t about analytics on when to go for two points. Perhaps Tomlin believes that he’s lying. Regardless, he got the last laugh tonight.
Roethlisberger admitted that this year will expectedly be his last with the Steelers. With his steeply declining abilities, it’ll be surprising to see if he resurfaces anywhere else. A win tonight helps Pittsburgh’s chances at earning a playoff spot but the team will have to climb further out from the bottom of the AFC North to do it.
The Ravens, at 8-4, still lead the division. They’ll get one more crack at the Steelers in Week 18.