Le'Veon Bell takes a scary hit and the Steelers still fall short
NOV 28, 2013 11:59p ET
Sometimes, all you end up with for taking a huge hit is just a loss.
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell had a head of steam and was aiming for the end zone with his team down by eight points late in the fourth quarter on Thursday night. What happened probably gave people watching at home a headache and a sick stomach:
Although it seemed as though Bell fell in for a touchdown, the play was reviewed and reversed. Why?
Agree totally with Al and Cris. This is not a TD. Ball is dead when the helmet comes off.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 29, 2013
The rules state that when a runner's helmet comes off, the play is instantly dead at the point it happened. So, while Bell did cross the goal line, the ball was marked at the spot where his helmet flew off.
Bell, meanwhile, got up and walked off the field with assistance after lying on the turf for a few minutes. He was taken to the locker room and evaluated for a possible concussion.
The Steelers did score a few plays later, but Ben Roethlisberger's pass to Emmanuel Sanders on the two-point conversion attempt fell incomplete. The ensuing try for an onside kick didn't go ... well.
It's a tough ending to a tough night for Pittsburgh, as the 22-20 loss dropped the Steelers to 5-7 and severely damages their playoff hopes. The Ravens improved to 6-6, just 1 1/2 games behind the divsion-leading Bengals.
But what can't be taken away is that we saw yet another hard-hitting chapter to this bloody rivalry.