Keeping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the AFC wild-card game Sunday with the Steelers protecting an 18-point lead late in the fourth quarter was coach Mike Tomlin's call.
So was the decision to pass on third down, the play in which Roethlisberger injured his right ankle while being brought down by Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Cameron Wake.
Roethlisberger sported a walking boot after the game but said Tuesday he will play against the Kansas City Chiefs in a divisional playoff game Sunday.
Tomlin took responsibility for the play calling at his weekly news conference and absolved offensive coordinator Todd Haley of any wrongdoing.
“I got a little overaggressive there,” Tomlin said. “It goes beyond taking responsibility. I made the call, so don't ask Todd about it on Thursday.” ...........
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