Chris Clemons was robbed of the biggest play of his young career on October 24th, when he clearly jarred the ball loose from Ben Roethlisberger at the goal line. The play would not stand due to a disgusting combination of official, replay and rulebook ineptitude. Miami fans gobbled up blood pressure medication for weeks after.
Ultimately the game did not keep our beloved SoFlo Sea Mammals from the playoffs. However, that mess of a finish ended up having a massive impact on the playoffs, and may have handed yet another title to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Without that victory, the Steelers would have finished second to Baltimore in their division, and ended the season with the same record as the Jets. Rex and his foot soldiers beat the Steelers head to head in the regular season, so New York would have been 5th seed, with the black and gold grabbing the very last spot in the playoffs.
A bye for Pittsburgh in round one? Nope. They would have gone to Indy to face Peyton Manning. A home game against the Ravens in the divisional round, with sixty thousand Terrible Towels waving? Nope. Pittsburgh would have gone to Foxboro to face the #1 scoring offense in football. Lastly, if they survived both of those battles, it would be yet another away game, this time against either the Ravens or Jets.
This was the worst officiating flub in Dolphin history, at the very least equal to that infamous snow plow job back in the Reagan years. Extremely unfortunate that this turned out not only to cost one team a well-earned win, but to also wrongly allow Pittsburgh to host its way through the entire AFC playoffs.
There’s still sixty minutes left for lousy officiating, but it’s quite possible that the single bad call that decided this year’s World Champion, was made in week 7.
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