Sunday, November 25, 2012
Steelers lead at half on controversial TD
By Jamison Hensley
CLEVELAND -- The Pittsburgh Steelers gave the Browns the lead with three fumbles in the first half, but the Browns gave it right back on a questionable touchdown right before halftime.
Chris Rainey, the only Steelers running back not to lose a fumble, scored on a one-yard touchdown run with one second remaining in the first half to put Pittsburgh ahead, 14-13.
What made the score controversial was Rainey getting stuffed on a run up the middle by Browns linebackers Kaluka Maiava and D'Qwell Jackson. But the officials didn't blow the whistle, and Rainey bounced to the left side where he scored easily.
The Browns were upset because they thought Rainey's forward progress was stopped. But forward progress is not reviewable, so it couldn't be overturned by replay.
The Steelers got the ball to the one-yard line because Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress drew a pass interference penalty from Sheldon Brown in the end zone.