CLEVELAND — The Steelers’ fake field goal prior to halftime will receive much scrutiny from all around. Not only did the Steelers not convert on the play, but Browns defensive tackle Jordan Elliott put a nasty hit on Boswell. While there was no flag called, CBS Rules Expert and former NFL referee Gene Steratore believe there should have been roughing the passer called, as Boswell was a defenseless player.
Even though Chris Boswell is a kicker by position, on this fake field goal attempt, he is a passer. A defender cannot hit the passer forcibly in the head or neck area. IMO this should have been a 15 yard penalty for roughing in #PITvsCLE. pic.twitter.com/EXnOfledfv
— Gene Steratore (@GeneSteratore) October 31, 2021
The NFL will likely review the play during the week to see if there was an issue with the call. Had there been a call the Steelers have received a first down inside the ten as a result.