Baltimore Ravens

Steelers' Tomlin accepts blame for questionable decision

The Ravens' game-winning heroics in their 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers might not have occurred if not for a questionable decision by the home team Sunday night.

On the Steelers' penultimate possession of the game, the team sent out its field-goal unit on fourth down-and-5 at the Ravens' 29-yard line with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter. But Pittsburgh allowed the play clock to run out, drawing a delay-of-game penalty and pushing kicker Shaun Suisham out of his comfort zone.

So the Steelers elected to punt the ball, and the Ravens went 92 yards in 13 plays for quarterback Joe Flacco's game-winning touchdown strike to rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith with eight seconds remaining.

After the game, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said he was influenced by asking newly-signed punter Jeremy Kapinos to serve as a holder for what likely would have been a 51-yard field-goal attempt for Suisham, who hasn't made a 50-yarder since 2008.

"I accept responsibility for that," he said. "There was some hesitation on my part. I was concerned about that distance. We had some changes in personnel with a new holder. Under the circumstances, I didn't want to give them the ball on that short of a field. I sent the group out there a little late. We ended up with a delay of game, and then I made the decision to make them work the long length of the field, and ultimately, that was probably the best option for us."