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It wasn’t enough that the Steelers let a very winnable game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13 get away from them. In fact, this entire game could have been seen as a defining moment. For the entirety of the game, the Steelers continued to allow the Ravens back into the game until it was too late to counter.
Nevertheless, none of that really matters when it came to this game. All anyone cares about is sideline-gate. Late in the game, Ravens return man Jacoby Jones was streaking up the sidelines. At that point, something happened. It’s hard to define what it was, but needless to say, it was big.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was standing on the sidelines, with what looked like about three inches of his foot on the field. With his back to Jones, he made a very exaggerated step back in bounds at the last second. It is impossible to speculate if the play impacted Jones’ inability to score. The officials didn’t deem it penalty-worthy at the time.
That didn’t change the league from becoming enthralled with the play, along with the rest of the world. You have to know that when your image becomes meme-worthy, you have truly arrived.