Coach Mike Tomlin: Boy that’s a tough defeat for us. But we tip our caps to
Were you going to kick the field goal on that play where you were called for delay of game, and did the penalty change your decision?
I accept responsibility for that. There was some hesitation on my part. I was concerned about that distance. We had some changes in personnel with a new holder. Under the circumstances, I didn’t want to give them the ball on that short of a field. I sent the group out there a little late. We ended up with a delay of game, and then I made the decision to make them work the long length of the field, and ultimately that was probably the best option for us.
Were you happy with where you pinned the Ravens?
Does the credit go to Joe Flacco?
Yes. I felt good about where they were. We had a four-point lead and our defense was on the field. As you can see, Joe Flacco and company did a nice job.
Re: Raven’s success on third downs:
They did a nice job. Many of the third downs were very manageable. I think that’s always the story within the story, particularly there in the beginning of the second half and into the fourth quarter. They had third-and-twos and third-and-threes. Offenses are going to have an opportunity to convert many of those but you have to compliment those guys, regardless of the distance. They showed up big offensively on third downs. We didn’t do as well defensively.
That’s the type of effort we expect from James, because he consistently delivers it. He’s a special player and a special man. We are glad that he’s healthy and playing for us again.