So far, Saturday's AFC division playoff game has been dominated by penalties. After the Pittsburgh Steelers' opening drive was greatly assisted by a pass interference call, the Baltimore Ravens received one of their own to drive into enemy territory. Less than 30 game-seconds later, the Ravens' Terrell Suggs and Cory Redding collaborated on a huge defensive touchdown, and the Ravens lead, 14-7.
Throughout their touchdown drive, the Ravens found themselves in several precarious situations. An offensive pass interference call set Joe Flacco's offense back at first-and-20 at their own 22. Near midfield, a sack stuck them with a third-and-15 situation. Both times, though, Baltimore found a way around it.
And then... well, we asked earlier whether the Steelers would be able to mitigate the impact of the Ravens' Terrell Suggs. On the ensuing Steelers possession, Ben Roethlisberger snapped from inside his 10-yard line. After triple-clutching and hesitating with his throw, Roethlisberger had the ball slapped out of his hand by Suggs. Officials did not whistle the play dead.
UPDATE: We have video of the play here.
There were several moments of inaction before the Ravens' Cory Redding finally decided it was a good idea to scoop up the ball and run it into the end zone. The call on the field was a touchdown, and the play was upheld after review. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin now has no more challenges for the rest of the game, which, given how large of an impact the referees have had on the game thus far, could be huge.
The Steelers have the ball with the clock running out in the first quarter.