The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a heartbreaking loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday. The more news that comes out about the game, the more it seems as though the Steelers simply weren't prepared for the events at the end of the game.
After the supposed touchdown pass to Jesse James got reversed, all hell broke loose for the Steelers. Say what you will about the call, but Mike Tomlin and his team were not prepared at all for the next few plays, despite plenty of time to handle things.
There was mayhem on the sidelines and it was unclear to all involved if they should have spiked the ball or run another play.
Watching the #Steelers final two plays on @insidetheNFL. Their sideline was insane. Tomlin was screaming at Haley to not clock the ball and run a play. They were so confused. It was a really bad moment. That’s the difference from them and the #Patriots.— Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) December 20, 2017
Ultimately, the Steelers ended up running a fake spike, on which Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception. Had he thrown out of bounds, the game would have gone to overtime.
The Steelers, however, had no plan in place.
They didn't even have two plays prepared. Against the most prepared and disciplined team in the league, that just won't cut it.
Roethlisberger: We had only one play ready after ruling that overturned TD https://t.co/htmpRDzSkO— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 19, 2017
In the end, preparedness would be the difference between a Steelers victory and a heartbreaking loss.
Check out this incredible video of the final two minutes from the sidelines.
Notice how the team was standing around, awaiting the results of the review. Had they been huddled up, preparing for the worst case, the game may have had a different outcome.
Overall, their late game heroics fell short because they weren't ready for the end of game situation.
If there's a rematch in the AFC Championship, you'd better believe the Steelers will be ready for anything. Or, you know, nope.