No team has embraced the NFL finally chilling out about celebrations as much as the Pittsburgh Steelers this year. Whether it’s playing hide and seek, a group bench press in the end zone, or re-enacting the season’s nastiest on-field fight, the Steelers are putting on a new show every week.
Thursday night during their 40-17 win over the Tennessee Titans was no different. Following Mike Hilton’s interception — the first of four Marcus Mariota picks — the Steelers gathered for a group photo.
Where's the camera? It's team picture time. pic.twitter.com/nPfrfRqdNB— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 17, 2017
It doesn’t rate very high on the Steelers’ own list of best celebrations, but oh well, the defense doesn’t get as many opportunities to ham it up in the end zone like that.
But watching from afar, one team didn’t appreciate it. The New Orleans Saints accused Pittsburgh of some celebration plagiarism.
The Saints have made the team photo celebration one of their signatures this season.
Saints stud rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who’s played a pivotal role in the defense’s major turnaround this year, was the first to call the Steelers out:
Lattimore wasn’t alone. Other players on the Saints noticed too and tweeted about it Thursday night:
Right haha? We must be applying that pressure lil bro https://t.co/uYBp80rqey— Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) November 17, 2017
The Saints’ Twitter account took its own subtle — perhaps passive-aggressive — jab:
New Orleans is on a seven-game winning streak that it’ll try to stretch to eight against Washington. The Saints are already aiming to add a little extra spice to their celebrations to one-up the Steelers.