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Mike Tomlin was sleeping soundly during crucial Steelers moment


Mike Tomlin didn’t witness his team nearly losing a playoff berth on Sunday night.

As the country watched the Chargers and Raiders nearly tied on “Sunday Night Football” – a storyline that would have knocked Pittsburgh out of the playoffs – the Steelers coach fell asleep, missing Daniel Carlson’s winning basket.

“I dozed off,” Tomlin told reporters Tuesday. “I knew I had a workday ahead of me, or I assumed I had a workday ahead of me. I think at some point [the Raiders] were up to 15, and that number made you a little bit at ease.

“I’m probably better off not watching it.”

The Chargers and Raiders entered overtime tied at 29 after Justin Herbert led a touchdown to tie the game, converting a fourth and 21 to score. The two teams then traded baskets in overtime and appeared to be heading for an unlikely tie before Chargers coach Brandon Staley called a late time-out, giving Vegas ample time to position themselves for the winning basket.

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
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Steelers spreader Ray-Ray McCloud also missed the end live as he kept rewinding the game.

“My little brother called me,” McCloud told reporters. “He was like, ‘This is rigged, my brother. It’s rigged. Then he called me back and said, “You are good, you are good.”

“I said to myself, ‘Did they do it? So when I looked at it personally, I already knew they had. It was truly a relief. It was a fun game.

The Steelers came on Sunday, needing the Jaguars to beat the Colts and Raiders and Chargers to avoid a tie to advance to the playoffs. They got both results and beat the Ravens in overtime to set up a clash with the wild cards on Sunday – a team that beat them 36-10 just a few weeks ago.

“I don’t know how much you’re learning from it, to be completely honest with you,” Tomlin said. “They crushed us so definitely. More than anything, it’s like a reboot.

New York Post

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