Thanksgiving Coin Fail (1998)
The Steelers met the Lions on Thanksgiving Day in a game that fans would never forget. However, this wasn’t for a good reason because referee Phil Luckett botched the overtime coin toss. Jerome Bettis called ‘Tails’ but Luckett thought he said ‘heads.’ Then Detroit received the ball and won the game with a field goal.
“What makes me mad is when you fight and scratch for 60 minutes out there, and the game is decided by guys who wear striped shirts,” Steelers coach Bill Cowher said (via SBNation). “There’s something wrong about that.” Most people would agree with this perspective because it wasn’t fair.