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Punishment could be coming for Mike Tomlin’s sideline shenanigans


Nov 24, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with side judge Greg Bradley (98) during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens fought to the bitter end on Thanksgiving night with their playoff lives at stake, while the Ravens did eventually win by a 22-20 score, the biggest headline from the game people are still talking about didn’t involve anyone playing in the game.

Instead, it was Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, who interfered with Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones on a long return that could have gone for a score had he not gotten in his way:

It was blatantly obvious he affected the play, and either he or the Steelers should be fined for it. With the Ravens winning the game, 22-20, it ended up not costing them, but it will be interesting to see what discipline comes of this.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the NFL will in-fact review the play and determine a punishment fro Tomlin:

"The NFL will conduct a review for potential discipline of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin for stepping onto the field during Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones’ kickoff return, according to a league spokesman.The play Thursday night, which wasn’t penalized, will be reviewed over the next week under the NFL’s standard procedures.Afterward, Tomlin said he didn’t believe he interfered with Jones.“I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron,” Tomlin said. “It provides better perspective for me. I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play. …"

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