The Pittsburgh Steelers issues with NFL sidelines continue. One week after Steelers coach Mike Tomlin incurred a six-figure fine for stepping on the field at the wrong time, wide receiver Antonio Brown seemed to cost his team a stunning, last-play miracle win by stepping off the field before reaching the end zone.
Brown was the final player with the ball in his hands as the Steelers tried to score an improbable go-ahead touchdown against the Miami Dolphins with a series of schoolyard laterals. The fourth-year wideout received the ball from quarterback Ben Roethisliberger near the Pittsburgh 35-yard line and weaved his way toward the end zone. Breaking to his left as he got into Dolphins' territory, Brown appeared to be on his way to the winning score with time expired as he blazed up the Miami sideline but an official spotted his left foot came down on the sideline near the 15-yard line before he ran into the end zone.
After the officials confirmed that the Steelers had not actually pulled off the greatest finish since Auburn's Iron Bowl win, David Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel went looking for proof that Brown had truly stepped out of bounds. He may have found it.
The. Infamous cleat mark out of bounds at the 3 yard line (maybe) pic.twitter.com/9lWXDkNxkI
— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) December 8, 2013
As Tomlin's incursion onto the field on Thanksgiving steered Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones away from the sideline on a kickoff return at a similar spot in the field, the word "karma" was being thrown around on Twitter after Dolphins' 34-28 escape from Pittsburgh.
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) December 8, 2013