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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mike Tomlin ripped after Steelers lose playoff game to Jaguars

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Mike Tomlin was ripped to shreds as his Pittsburgh Steelers lost their AFC divisional playoff game at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

The Steelers fell behind early 21-0, and every time they came close to getting back in the game, they allowed a big play to the Jags. Then the tipping point for many came when Tomlin opted to go for an onside kick down 42-35 with 2:18 left. A poor kick attempt plus a penalty essentially allowed the Jaguars to start with the ball in field goal range. They ended up kicking a field goal to give themselves an insurmountable two-possession lead.

Here was a sample of the reaction on Twitter after the poor onside kick attempt sealed Pittsburgh’s fate:

With two timeouts and the two-minute warning, the thinking is if Pittsburgh could force a 3-and-out, they would have gotten the ball back with time to drive for a tying touchdown. Instead, they hung their hats on an onside kick attempt that didn’t pay off.

From 13-3 in the regular season to elimination in their first playoff game. What a disappointment for the Steelers. And some more crying from Tomlin may be coming.

After the game, this was Tomlin’s explanation.

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