Mike Tomlin did not testify that his team almost lost in the playoffs on Sunday night.
As the country watched the Chargers and Raiders nearly tie in Sunday Night Football – a scenario that would take Pittsburgh out of the playoffs – the Steelers coach fell asleep and missed Daniel Carlson’s winning goal in the game.
“I fell asleep,” Tomlin told reporters Tuesday. “I knew I had a work day waiting for me, or I thought my work day was waiting for me. I think at some point [the Raiders] It increased to 15 and that number made you feel a little comfortable.
“Maybe it’s better I didn’t see it.”
The Chargers and Raiders went into extra time tied at 29 after Justin Gerbert led the touchdown drive to tie the game, scoring the fourth and 21st respectively. The two teams then exchanged goals on the field in the OT, and before Chargers head coach Brandon Stall called for a late time-out, before giving Vegas enough time to get on the field to win the game, they headed for an unlikely draw.
The Steelers widely missed Ray-Ray McCloud as well as the final live as he continued to bring the game back.
“My little brother called me,” McCloud told reporters. “It’s fake, brother. This is fake. ” Then he called me and said, “You’re fine, you’re fine.”
“Did they do it?” So when I watched it in person, I already knew they did it. It was really a relief. It was a fun game. “
On Sunday, the Steelers needed the Jaguars to beat the Colts and Raiders and Chargers to prevent a draw to advance to the playoffs. They had both results and beat the Ravens in overtime to set up a wild card game with the bosses on Sunday – the team that beat them 36-10 a few weeks ago.
“Honestly, I don’t know how much you’ve learned from that,” Tomlin said. “They broke us so hard. Most of all, it’s like a reboot.”