The Steelers and Ravens entertaining slugfest disguised as a AFC divisional playoff game had it all: Vitriol. Huge plays on both sides of the ball. And actual scoring.
There was only one thing missing — overtime.
And not just any overtime, but a brand spanking new kind of overtime.
The NFL has enacted new rules for overtime this season, making sure that the game cannot end on a field goal during the first drive of the extra session. So it seemed fitting that the Steelers and Ravens would take the new rules out for a spin. At least that seemed to be the consensus on Twitter after the Ravens tied the game 24-24 with just minutes left to go.
This was like one of those Buffalo Wild Wings’ commercials, nobody wanted this game to end.
But the Ravens’ inability to hold on a third-and-19 cost us all the chance to see how Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would have laid down the blueprint for the new rules as the Steelers were able to pull out the win.
Though, after watching Tomlin use his team’s two challenges in the first quarter, Steelers fans are probably thankful they did not get a chance to see how that would have played out.
Instead, Twitter turned Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh into trending topics after huge fourth-quarter drops by both veteran wideouts. Though both again fell just short, this time losing to #RIP JUSTIN BIEBER.