Steelers, Lions tie stunned some players: 'It's nuts'

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions ended their matchup Sunday in a tie but it appeared players on both teams were ready to continue playing without realizing the situation.

Steelers rookie running back Najee Harris admitted after the game he didn’t realize NFL games could end in a tie.

Detroit Lions kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) walks off the field after missing a field goal-attempt, as Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) celebrates during the overtime period of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Pittsburgh.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift (32) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Devin Bush (55) during overtime of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021.
(AP Photo/Don Wright)

The tie at least guarantees the Lions won’t finish the season 0-17. Detroit came into the game losers of their first eight games of the season. The team had even left coach Dan Campbell in tears earlier this season with how frustrating some of the games have been during the year.

“I’m in this twilight zone. I don’t know what this is, really, and I’m sure I’ve been in a tie before as a player, but for some reason I can’t remember that, if it was,” Campbell said.

Lions quarterback Jared Goff said he believed that was the first time he ever experienced.

Both the Lions and the Steelers had opportunities in overtime to win the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) slips a tackle attempted by Detroit Lions inside linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021.
(AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Steelers fumbled their first possession of the overtime period and the Lions marched down to set up a 48-yard field-goal attempt for Ryan Santoso. He would miss the kick. The Steelers and Lions could both trade punts and finally, the Steelers would fumble for the second time in the overtime.

The Lions failed to make a last-ditch effort to win the game with 8 seconds left, thus ending the game in a tie.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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