If its and buts were candy and nuts, it would be Christmas every day, right?
While I’m not one who normally likes to play the “what if” game when it comes to Pittsburgh Steelers games, it is interesting to ponder what might had happened had their offense scored a touchdown Sunday against the Denver Broncos when they took possession of the football with 3:00 minutes left in the game.
As you can see in this video, head coach Mike Tomlin told his offense on the sideline prior to them getting the ball back that he was considering going for two if they scored a touchdown.
“I’m thinking about going for two when we score. I’m thinking about going for two when we score. I’m just being honest with you,” Tomlin said to his offense.
At the time, the Steelers were trailing the Broncos 20-13 and they started their post-Broncos touchdown scoring drive at their own 20-yard-line as a result of a touchback. Unfortunately, after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a first down pass to wide receiver Martavis Bryant for a gain of 18 yards, the offense went four plays and out and the Broncos took over on downs at the Steelers 30-yard-line.
But what if Roethlisberger had been able to drive the offense 80 yards for a touchdown, would Tomlin really have gone for a two-point conversion? Including the Steelers Wild Card game, their offense was 8-of-12 for the year when going for two after scores.
Being as they were playing on the road and without wide receiver Antonio Brown, I guess I could see Tomlin taking such a big risk and thus attempting to win the game with just one play. It’s too bad we never got a chance to find out.