Steelers are getting the league's most controversial officiating crew vs. Ravens
If you didn't catch the Lions vs. Cowboys game in Week 17, you've probably already heard about what transpired in the most critical moments of the game. After blowing a tripping call that gave Detroit a chance to answer back with a score late in the game, the Lions marched the length of the field, punched in a touchdown, and earned what we thought was a successful two-point conversion on a pass to offensive tackle, Taylor Decker.
Then the most controversial call of the year happened. Despite reporting as eligible, Brad Allen and his officiating crew got the name wrong of the eligible offensive lineman (they thought it was backup Dan Skipper). Well after we thought the game was decided, they called a penalty on the Lions and they would go on to lose this critical NFC contest.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Allen's crew is expected to be downgraded so that they will not call a playoff game this year. However, that won't stop them from calling the Steelers vs. Ravens game this week. According to Schefter, Brad Allen's crew will be officiating Pittsburgh's season finale.
This doesn't mean that the Steelers are guaranteed to have some controversial calls going for them or against them, but you can be sure that this will be a big storyline ahead of a must-win game for the Steelers.
This contest will take place at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The Pittsburgh Steelers need a win plus a Jaguars or Bills loss in Week 18 to secure a spot in the playoffs.