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Pittsburgh 28 Cleveland 12: January 3, 2015
This game ended up being a route for the Steelers. Pittsburgh did get nine penalties for only 45 yards. The Browns only drew eight flags but for 47 yards. In the end, most of the flags were mainly procedural false start or an illegal shift with a few defensive holding or illegal block above the waist. The longest penalty called on Cleveland in the first quarter. None of the calls in this game had a major influence
Tennessee 17 Pittsburgh 40: Thursday Night, November 16, 2017
When a team gets routed by 23 points, it hard to imagine the officiating having any bearing on the outcome. In this case, penalties gave the Steelers a 23 point lead instead of a nine-point lead. The first penalty came on a Pittsburgh 2nd down in the 3rd quarter with 11:41 remaining.
Roethlisberger threw an incomplete pass to Smith-Schuster, setting up a third and ten. However, Titan Jurrell Casey got flagged for roughing the passer giving the Steelers 15 yards to the Titan 16. Antonio Brown scored four plays later. Then in the fourth quarter, at the Titans’ 28-yard line LeShaun Sims got hit for pass interference for 13 yards. Two plays later, Pittsburgh added to their lead. While this one did not make a huge difference, had they not been called, perhaps the Titans could have gotten the ball back and narrowed the Steelers lead. In the end, the Steelers won.