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It’s hard for safety to turn into a net negative. But thanks to an incredible special teams gaffe, that happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

The Steelers extended their lead on the Cleveland Browns to 16-6 when Cleveland was flagged for holding in the end zone. But on the ensuing free kick, things went horrible awry.

On the ensuing free kick, Pittsburgh called for a fair catch and let the ball fall to the ground for no discernable reason.

The mistake didn’t just cost the Steelers some field position, it cost them the ball. The ball is live on a free kick.

Twitter ripped the Steelers for this gaffe.

The Browns took advantage of the short field and scored a touchdown. So, while the Steelers picked up two points with a safety, they lost five in the exchange.

Michael Dixon
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