Sunday, December 20, 2009
Roethlisberger on Tomlin's onside kick
By James Walker
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made one of the most curious calls of the 2009 season when he opted for an onside kick late in the fourth quarter with a two-point lead. The kick only went nine yards and Green Bay got the ball at the Steelers' 39. The bad call led to a Green Bay Packers touchdown, but was masked by Mike Wallace's 19-yard touchdown catch on the final play during Pittsburgh's 37-36 win.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who threw the game-winning touchdown, was asked about Tomlin's onside kick during his news conference following the game.
"You know what, he's our head coach, and when he makes decisions we go with it no matter what it is," Roethlisberger told reporters. "It's amazing how one play can change everything...If that last play [to Wallace] is incomplete, there's no one in there talking, everyone is down, and we probably have the worst Christmas ever."