After trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars by 21 in the second quarter, the Pittsburgh Steelers mounted a comeback and three times made the teams’ divisional-round matchup a one-score game before ultimately falling 45-42.
But their rally was helped along by one of the most hilariously wrong calls you’ll see: Jaguars stud cornerback Jalen Ramsey was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for being pushed.
Not pushing. Being pushed.
Specifically, pushed by Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster into Le’Veon Bell after the running back had hauled in a four-yard reception.
Jalen Ramsey was blocked into Le’Veon Bell and then Bell took a dive.
Ramsey was flagged tho? pic.twitter.com/THj4cJOpeo
— The Shadow League (@ShadowLeagueTSL) January 14, 2018
Here it is at full speed.
Six plays after receiving the 15 bonus yards, Bell and the Steelers cut the Jags’ lead to 28-21.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 14, 2018
Jeff Triplette’s banishment from the officiating ranks, whether league- or self-imposed, was a start, but unsurprisingly NFL refs have still got a ways to go.
My goodness. Another atrocious 15 yard personal foul. If they’re going to keep calling these, they need to allow them to be reviewed. Too pivotal to the outcome.
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) January 14, 2018
That was the most ridiculous garbage unsportsmanlike call I have ever seen. Not only did Ramsey get pushed into Bell, he barely even touched him. Total acting job. Gosh NFL refs are awful.
— Scott Wapner (@ScottWapnerCNBC) January 14, 2018
That is an AWFUL call on Ramsay. Awful awful awful.
— Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) January 14, 2018
JALEN RAMSEY UNSPORTMANLIKE CONDUCT PENALTY? pic.twitter.com/GyrHOT0NO3
— Cliff Skighwalker (@Skighwalker) January 14, 2018
The NFL is so soft. Juju pushes Ramsey into Bell, Ramsey gets an unsportsmanlike conduct pic.twitter.com/YU9sEvIe3F
— Anthony Voth (@talkfootball74) January 14, 2018
Jalen Ramsey knocked down that Pittsburgh receiver on that unsportsmanlike conduct like: pic.twitter.com/XsPWH3Nq82
— Full-Time Hoops (@FullTimeHoops1) January 14, 2018
Despite the helping hand on their side, Pittsburgh wasn’t up to the Jaguars and their rushing attack, surrendering 164 yards on the ground on 35 carries in the defeat.