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Watch: Questionable Call on Cam Heyward Leads to Ravens TD



Cam Heyward warms up ahead of Steelers vs. Ravens on Jan. 1, 2023 in Baltimore. (Mitchell Northam / Steelers Now)

BALTIMORE — Cam Heyward was called for a potentially game-changing unnecessary roughness call after a play where the Steelers would have had the Ravens backed up as they attempted to stop Baltimore Ravens from scoring a touchdown before halftime.

It appeared that Heyward got into the scuffle at the bottom of a pile with tackle Ronnie Stanley. It would later lead to an Isaiah Likely touchdown that would put the Ravens up 10-3 heading into halftime. That would leave the Steelers reeling. Heyward was clearly not happy, and many fans did not agree with the foul, as Heyward was pushed down and pulled down by Stanley. There is one keynote about unnecessary roughness, before or after the play, however, that is important.

“If in doubt about a roughness call or potentially dangerous tactics, the covering official(s) should always call unnecessary roughness,” the rulebook reads.

Cam Heyward may not like the call, and it is certainly on the fence in many ways, but if the officials thought that there could be unnecessary roughness, then they will call it. That is the truth of the matter in this case, even if it is not actually what the Steelers believe should be called onto the field. Regardless, it was a game-changing call that could change the season.