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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Overturned Jesse James touchdown costs Steelers against Patriots

Jesse James catch

An overturned touchdown in the final minute of Sunday’s New England Patriots-Pittsburgh Steelers game cost the Steelers a likely victory.

Jesse James caught a ball and just crossed into the end zone for what initially went down as a touchdown to give the Steelers a 30-27 lead with 28 seconds left in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. However, the play was reviewed by the officials, who decided to overturn the call because James lost control of the ball in the end zone.

After initially saying the call on the field would stand, CBS’ announcing team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo changed their tune upon realizing James failed to maintain possession.

Because the call was reversed, the Steelers went for it on second and goal. They completed a pass but it was short of the end zone. On the next play, Ben Roethlisberger faked a spike and decided to try and force a play in the end zone. His passed was tipped and intercepted by the Patriots, who won 27-24.

Both teams are now 11-3, but the Patriots have the head-to-head advantage as a playoff tiebreaker.

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