Did Steelers get robbed of momentum-changing blocked field goal touchdown by offside penalty?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to have given their offense a boost with a game-changing special-teams play on Sunday.

Then the referees stepped in and overturned it. 

Were they right?

The Green Bay Packers were leading the Steelers, 14-10, in the waning moments of the second quarter. Aaron Rodgers got the Packers into field-goal range, and Mason Crosby came on for a 31-yard try to extend Green Bay's lead to seven points.

But two Steelers, Joe Haden and Minkah Fitzpatrick, appeared to get great jumps off the snap, and Fitzpatrick came crashing in with the block on Crosby's try — and then Fitzpatrick ran the ball back 75 yards for a touchdown and apparent Steelers lead, shocking the Lambeau Field crowd.

But hang on. Haden was flagged for a back-breaking offsides penalty. Crosby was given a second, shorter try, and he made it, giving the Packers a 17-10 halftime lead. The Packers eventually won, 27-17

Was it a good call? Haden didn't think so.

From our view? Boy, it was very close. The more we watch it, the more it looked as if Haden and Fitzpatrick timed up the snap incredibly well. If they were offsides, it might have to be determined by the Cal Tech physics department or some other smart group of people. It came down to millimeters and milliseconds, we think. 

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin remained stoic when the call was announced and the replay shown on the big screen. But he couldn't have liked it.

We are going to chalk this one up as some really, really bad luck for the Steelers and a lucky break for the Packers.

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