With 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, the Steelers leading 24-16 and the Bengals driving, Andy Dalton found rookie Tyler Boyd with a 6-yard pass. But Boyd, who appeared to be down, lost the ball on a hit by linebacker James Harrison. Safety Robert Golden recovered it, scrambled down the left sideline before he was eventually tackled at midfield.
But turnovers are automatically reviewed, and everyone — the CBS announcers, fans and beat writers for both teams on Twitter, and our own two eyes — seemed certain that the call on the field would be overturned because Boyd’s knee looked to hit the turf before the ball was dislodged. Worst case, the Bengals would continue their drive.
Somehow, that didn’t happen.
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Instead, referee Pete Morelli, after a long time under the hood, announced to the crowd that the fumble call would stand.
So instead of Dalton continuing to carve up the Steelers’ secondary, Pittsburgh‘s offense took the field and ran out the clock, going on to eke out a 24-16 victory. So while there was no after-the-whistle drama that we’ve come to expect between these two teams, it’s hard to overlook the officials’ decision to stick with that fumble call, despite the visual evidence suggesting otherwise.
With the win, the Steelers move to 2-0 while the Bengals drop to 1-1.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Controversial fourth quarter fumble call helps Steelers hold off driving Bengals