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Bunch of bull: Steelers fans unite behind overturned touchdown

Frank Carnevale
| Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
Steelers tight end Jesse James looks at the big screen in disbelief after the Patriots' Duron Harmon grabs an interception to end the game Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers tight end Jesse James looks at the big screen in disbelief after the Patriots' Duron Harmon grabs an interception to end the game Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Heinz Field.

The end of the Steelers - Patriots game did not go the Steelers' way. After leading for most of the game, the Steelers defense gave up several long plays to the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski in the second half. The Patriots took a 27-24 lead with less than a minute to play.

Steelers got the ball back and JuJu Smith-Schuster ripped off a 69-yard catch and run to bring the ball to the Steelers 10-yard line. Then Ben Roethlisberger hit tight end Jesse James for a would-be winning touchdown. But wait. The ball hit the ground. The catch was ruled not a catch and the touchdown was taken back.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers had two more plays, but couldn't pull the win out. The team did just about everything right except close it out.

After the game Steelers Nation, including wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and injured linebacker Ryan Shazier, took to Twitter to share their displeasure with the touchdown pass being overturned by officials.

Smith-Schuster stayed in the lines and tweeted, "we'll be back."

While Shazier , who made a special appearance at Heinz Field for the game, was more angry with the reversal of the touchdown catch, saying in so many words that it was a terrible call.

Some shared Shazier's feeling about the call and a similar refrain ran thru their tweets.

Pittsburgh boy Joe Manganiello posted terrible call.

Former wrestler Steve Austin also, terrible call:

Tom Wallisch , a professional skier who's from Pittsburgh, terrible, terrible call:

Country singer Chase Rice doesn't know the rules, but terrible call:

NBC Sport Boston sportwriter Tom Curran tweeted that Steelers players felt the same way - terrible call:

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