Under daredevil Tomlin, Steelers thrive on risks

Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:42am EDT
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(Reuters) - Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has proven to be a late-game daredevil, not afraid of taking a gamble in the final seconds, and it paid off with the most dramatic win of the season on Monday night.

The Steelers, undeterred by the game's final seconds or past results, edged the San Diego Chargers 24-20 on a risky play call as time expired.

Pittsburgh had the ball at San Diego's one yard-line while trailing by three and just five seconds remaining.

A field goal would have been the safe call and extended the game to overtime, but the Steelers instead ran a direct snap to running back Le'Veon Bell who was met quickly by the defense but narrowly stretched over the goal-line and avoided the loss.

"We have to play to win and that’s what we did," Tomlin told reporters.

"We had an opportunity to win the game and we're on the road in a hostile environment. We have to run the ball."

Tomlin, known for his stoic poker face on the sidelines, has boldly stared defeat in the face in consecutive weeks with mixed results. He faced wide criticism a week and a half ago when the Steelers attempted a fourth down play rather than a field goal in overtime, leading to their loss to Baltimore.   Continued...

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin reacts during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports