Tomlin’s decision causes Steelers a costly loss
During the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens it was apparent Byron Leftwich was in pain.
There were times where Leftwich would adjust his pads and pull at them trying to separate them from his ribs. There were also times that he grimaced and appeared to be in pain after throwing a pass.
With a pass rush like the Ravens, it was only a matter of time until Leftwich would be hurt even more.
On a 3rd and 11 the Ravens sent James Ihedigbo on a corner blitz and drilled Leftwich from behind. The sack not only knocked the Steelers back after converting and challenging an important third down, but it obviously put Leftwich in even more pain.
Instead of replacing Leftwich with the veteran back-up Charlie Batch, Tomlin decided to keep Leftwich in which would eventually cost them the game.
With only 22 seconds left a Leftwich fumble and recovery led to a wide-open David Gilreath, but unable to put everything into the throw the ball was a good 15-yards under thrown.
Instead of a possible touchdown or having the ball on the 15 yard-line of the Ravens the Steelers were left with a fourth down.
Would Charlie Batch been able to throw down the field?
Knowing the Steelers needed to go 50 yards to get into field goal range the decision to leave Leftwich in cost them the game.