The Steelers may be ready to put Sunday's last-second loss to the Patriots behind them, but before we officially shut the door on Week 15, here's offensive coordinator Todd Haley explaining to reporters what happened on the play everyone has overlooked -- the one between Jesse James' overturned touchdown. ... and Ben Roethlisberger's fake-spike interception in the end zone. The play in question -- the second-and-goal from the Patriots' 10-yard line with 28 seconds remaining -- was a short pass from Roethlisberger to Darrius Heyward-Bey that resulted in a three-yard gain. The problem was that Heyward-Bey was tackled in-bounds and the clock continued to run. Haley was asked if in hindsight the coaches would have done anything differently. "Yeah, have the first touchdown be a touchdown, No. 1," he said, via ESPN.com. "I know coach [Tomlin] has talked about this a bunch, but the only thing I'll say is that's what we call an incomplete or out-of-bounds situation after the ball was ruled an incompletion. We don't want the ball in the field of play there without a timeout. "I'm never going to question Ben's decision of thinking [Heyward-Bey] could get out of bounds, but as far as scenarios, we're in an incomplete or out-of-bounds situation. The clock will not be running if things go the way they're supposed to go. Then you're getting the guys on the field for each particular play you wanted on the field and you're counting on having three shots at the end zone." Also noteworthy: The Steelers' most athletic wide receiver, Martavis Bryant, wasn't on the field on the play, but Haley doesn't regret the decision because "it's an incomplete or out of bounds" situation. Meaning that if Heyward-Bey gets out of bounds, there's another chance to get Bryant on the field.
Todd Haley explains exactly when Steelers' final drive vs. Patriots fell apart
CBS Sports | Dec 23