BSO- Joey Porter was illegally on the field. He wasn’t checking on injured Antonio Brown, he was woofing with several Bengals players.
When Pacman Jones entered the scene he bumped a ref and got 15-yard penalty. This penalty turned what would have been a long field goal attempt into a much more manageable one.
The field goal was made and the Steelers won the game. Reports are that Steelers gave Porter a game ball for his illegal action.
Some people may think it's silly that the Pittsburgh Steelers endorsed Joey Porter's illegal actions by giving him the game ball. I don't exactly know who those people are, but I certainly know who the are not, and that is Pittsburgh Steelers fans. Jawing at Bengals players during the most pressure packed part of the game may not be the most praiseworthy thing a coach has ever done, but it would be hard to argue that it wasn't the most important thing a member of the Steelers franchise did yesterday. Just for argument's sake, who else should they have given the ball to? I guess Ben Roethlisberger could make a case for the toughness he showed coming in to throw a couple 5 yard passes with a fucking detached shoulder. Martavis Bryant touchdown catch was straight out a 3 ring circus, but he didn't accomplish too much else yesterday. It would have been pretty tough for Antonio Brown to accept the accolade as a dead person. I suppose they could have hunted down Vonteze Burfict or Pacman Jones to present it to them, but something tells me that would have turned into a scene straight out of 'Boyz In The Hood'. Joey Porter made the biggest play of the day, and was the person most responsible for a Steelers victory. It doesn't matter what his original intentions were. Let's just assume that - with all the good that Porter has done for the Steelers over his career - his plan came to fruition. When in doubt just believe everything you read on social media...
P.S. Did Pacman Jones do enough to get a 15 yard penalty at such a crucial point in the game? Probably not. Chances are that a referee, who was trying to get an injured player off the field while separating a bunch of players and coaches that were on the verge of a street fight, got in over his head and panicked. With that said, when you are a player that has a longstanding history as the "guns in the strip club" guy, you can't let yourself make contact with an official, because you are almost never going to get the benefit of the doubt. It's unfortunate for Bengals fans, but this isn't the first time someone's reputation has preceded them. Either way, we can all enjoy his full array of postgame emotions...
P.P.S. Still not my favorite moment of WildCard weekend so far...