Steelers fans lose it after NFL reverses call on touchdown catch

When it comes to what constitutes a catch in pro football, most people use a definition similar to what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said about porn: We know it when we see it.

And Jesse James’ apparent fourth-quarter touchdown reception to put the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of the New England Patriots Sunday with 28 seconds left looked like a touchdown. It was ruled a touchdown on the field.

But NFL officials in the replay booth overruled the call, saying the pass was incomplete.

“We were inside of two minutes, and in order to have a completed pass, a receiver must survive going to the ground,” official Tony Corrente explained to ESPN. “In this case, he had control of the football, but he was going to the ground. As he hit the ground, the ball began to roll and rotate and the ball hit the ground, and that’s the end of it at that point.”

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Chaotic game between Steelers, Patriots on Dec. 17
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 17: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lands awkwardly after being unable to catch a pass in the second quarter during the game against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field on December 17, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (29) is stopped by New England Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts (52) at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) catches a touchdown against the defense of New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) makes a catch against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a first quarter pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) in the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) grabs his leg after suffering an apparent injury against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis (33) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates a two point conversion in the fourth quarter as Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (28) looks away at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) fails to hold the ball as he falls across the goal line against New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) and strong safety Duron Harmon (30) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The play was ruled an incomplete pass. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) walks from the field during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots defensive back Duron Hamon (30) celebrates a fourth quarter interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
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The ruling changed the outcome of the game featuring the two Super Bowl contenders. The Patriots won, 27-24

The Pittsburgh faithful ― and even some non-Steelers fans ― were aghast.

We commend the league’s effort to NFLsplain the ruling, but ... 

That’s probably not making Steelers fans feel any better.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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