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Mike Tomlin Is Getting Crushed For This Late-Game Decision

Mike Tomlin wearing a Steelers hat in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sidelines in the second quarter during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on December 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to maintain their lead in the AFC North by beating the New Orleans Saints on the road. If they lose, Mike Tomlin will have to answer some questions.

With his team facing 4th-and-5 at its own 42 with a little over four minutes remaining, Tomlin elected to call for a fake punt.

He had his team snap the ball to upback Roosevelt Nix, who barreled forward for about four yards. Nix did not get the first down.

He and his teammates certainly celebrated like they did though.

CBS color analyst Tony Romo applauded Tomlin's guts for calling for the fake punt, but many other people were questioning his sanity. It certainly left him open to criticism.

Of course, if Pittsburgh hangs on and gets one more stop, none of this will matter.

But if they don't and New Orleans wins, it could get ugly, especially considering a loss today could cost Pittsburgh a playoff berth.