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Titans vs. Steelers: The Penalties

A look at the seven penalties the Titans committed against the Steelers.


I know I am a little late on this, but here is the breakdown of the seven penalties the Titans committed against the Steelers last Thursday night. Of those seven penalties, five were accepted for 45 yards.

Play: 2ND & 10 @ PIT 17 02:29 (2:29) PENALTY on TEN-L.Harris, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at PIT 17 - No Play.


I know it is shocking to see Leroy Harris commit a penalty, but this one was really obvious.

Play: 2ND & 11 @ TEN 35 12:18 (12:18) C.Johnson right tackle to TEN 46 for 11 yards (R.Clark). PENALTY on TEN-D.Stewart, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at TEN 39. Penalty on TEN-C.Stevens, Offensive Holding, declined.


It is always good to have two guys get called for holding on the same play, right? I circled Stewart's because it was the one the Steelers accepted. Pretty much a no-brainer.

Play: 3TH & 16 @ TEN 29 11:59 (11:59) PENALTY on TEN-K.Wright, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at TEN 29 - No Play.


You can't tell from a still picture, but Wright definitely flinched here before the ball was snapped.

Play: 3TH & 16 @ TEN 24 11:59 (11:59) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete deep left to N.Washington. Penalty on TEN-C.Stevens, Illegal Formation, declined.


A pretty simple call on this one. You cannot have an eligible receiver on the line of scrimmage with another eligible receiver outside of him on the line of scrimmage.

They actually have the problem I described. It just happens to be on the other side of the line. Stevens is covered by an eligible receiver on the line of scrimmage.

I also had a little birdie tell me that the penalty could be on Roos because he is lined up too deep. Sometimes they will specify that when they call the penalty. I don't think they did here, but that could have been why it was called.

Play: 1ST & 10 @ PIT 25 14:51 (14:51) B.Roethlisberger pass short right to D.Paulson to PIT 33 for 8 yards (J.McCourty). PENALTY on TEN-A.Ayers, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced at PIT 33.


This was a bit of a ticky-tack call if you ask me. Ayers did dive on top of a guy that was already on the ground, but it wasn't really all that late.

Play: 1ST & 1 @ TEN 11 14:29 (14:29) B.Roethlisberger pass incomplete short left to A.Brown. PENALTY on TEN-R.Mouton, Defensive Pass Interference, 10 yards, enforced at TEN 11 - No Play.


Even the replacement refs wouldn't have missed this one.

Play: 3TH & 10 @ PIT 47 02:00 (2:00) (Shotgun) B.Roethlisberger scrambles right tackle pushed ob at TEN 39 for 14 yards (C.McCarthy). Penalty on TEN-D.Morgan, Defensive Offside, declined.


Morgan jumped into the neutral zone, but the Steelers declined the penalty because Roethlisberger scrambled for 14 yards and a first down.