Ludicrous. Insane. Stupid. Idiotic. Reckless. Dense. Irresponsible. Nails.
With 3:58 to go and a two point lead, Mike Tomlin did the unthinkable and seemingly illogical – he onside kicked. It’s easy to call him a moron. Heck easy is an understatement. I don’t know what the success rate is of kicking deep in that situation, but I do know that the recovery rate of an onside kick is 20%. So by opting for the improbable, Tomlin essentially handed the Pack an 80% likelihood of posting go ahead points, even with Crosby’s head more messed up than the east coast right now.
It may have been ludicrous and insane and stupid and idiotic and dense and irresponsible and other synonyms, as well. It also was ballsy. It was take charge. It was aggressive. With a gassed and porous defense, Tomlin stared down the great odds stacked against him…and won.
What do you mean he won? They lost the kick! We scored the go ahead TD! Yep, and Pittsburgh won the game.
Tomlin’s decision to give Green Bay a short field, preserved 2 minutes of clock. And we all know what happened then. In an ironic twist of fate, Mike Tomlin’s onside kick with under four minutes remaining and two point lead was the perfect call.
It’s not the decision I would have made. I still believe it to be the wrong decision. But it was precisely that seeming lapse of sanity that gave Pittsburgh the opportunity to claim victory. And they did.
Omar Epps…err Mike Tomlin…whipped out the church bells last night. And when the clock hit :00, the rings of triumph were unmistakable.
Next time, Tomlin. Next time.