Dec 22, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) celebrates a touchdown by jumping into the stands during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers block field goal, but Packers get ball back (GIF)


There was a bit of controversy in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game against the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers special team unit got a big field goal block to hold onto a 17-14 lead in the third quarter.

The ball rolled out of bounds and should’ve been the Steelers’ ball, right? Nope, the referees called a ‘batting the ball’ penalty giving the ball back to the Packers. Running back Eddie Lacy ran the ball in on the very next play to give the Packers the lead in the game.

Interestingly, Matt Flynn hit a cameraman in the nuts with a pass on this drive.

If the Packers win this game, you can bet that this play will be a focal point of post-game debates. ESPN’s First Take is already getting ready for it.

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  • PittChick

    First off I would like to say that this was an exciting and hard fought game by both teams. In regards to this particular call, I believe Ryan Clark clearly had possession of the ball before lateraling it backwards. Even with the Ziggy Hood penalty for batting the ball forward, Steelers should have retained possession. I think the refs got this call wrong and it cost the Steelers 7 points. It’s ridiculous that possession can’t be reviewed. With playoff hopes still a dim possibility, it’s lucky this call didn’t end up costing Pittsburgh the game.

  • PittChick