Monday's NFL roundup: Reid disagrees with holding call
Kansas City — Chiefs coach Andy Reid doesn’t believe the holding penalty on left tackle Eric Fisher that cost Kansas City a tying 2-point conversion against Pittsburgh on Sunday night should have been called.
After watching film of the decisive play in the Steelers’ 18-16 playoff win, when Fisher (Central Michigan) appeared to pull Steelers pass rusher James Harrison to the ground with about three minutes left, Reid came away with the same opinion as Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce — though he conveyed it a bit more diplomatically.
“There’s certain things you agree with and disagreed with during games,” Reid said Monday.
“I don’t want to be fined any money, but I’d lean a different way.”
Kelce certainly didn’t seem worried about any fines Sunday night.
In the 90 seconds he spoke to reporters before the Chiefs’ communications staff cut him off, the tight end ripped into referee Carl Cheffers and his crew. Kelce openly questioned the integrity of the officials and said Cheffers “shouldn’t be able to wear a zebra jersey every again.”
“He shouldn’t be able to wear it at Foot Locker,” Kelce said, adding a few expletives.
Harrison dipped his shoulder especially low as he tried to turn the corner, and he might have been losing his balance before Fisher ever hooked him.
“James Harrison made a great play,” Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier said. “He told me earlier this week he thought he could get to Fisher a couple of times and I think he did.”
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith saw his pass to tight end Demetrius Harris in the end zone nullified and the Chiefs were forced to try again, this time from the 12, and this time Smith’s pass was incomplete.
The Steelers received the kickoff, converted a crucial first down to maintain possession and ran out the clock from there.
“They normally let you play, is what they do, especially in key situations,” Reid said of the officials.
Antonio Brown wanted to let the world in on the party when he live streamed the giddy celebration in the Steelers’ locker room after beating the Chiefs.
Brown (Central Michigan) also happened to catch coach Mike Tomlin indelicately describing New England, Pittsburgh’s opponent in the AFC Championship game.
Tomlin’s word choice — an expletive — didn’t bother his players as Brown’s decision to throw back the curtain on what is usually a private moment.
“Personally I’d like some of that stuff sacred,” long snapper Greg Warren said. “But this is a changing world, a changing environment. I can’t be some old guy stuck under a rock, that’s for sure.”
Jones will play
Falcons coach Dan Quinn says All-Pro receiver Julio Jones will play in the NFC championship game despite a lingering foot injury that limited him during a divisional-round victory over Seattle.
Jones has dealt with this before, and Quinn insisted there’s no chance of the Falcons being without one of their offensive leaders when they host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers for a trip to the Super Bowl.
Jones will be limited in practice leading up to Sunday’s game at the Georgia Dome, but he will get some work to ensure that he’s on the same page with quarterback Matt Ryan.
Despite missing two games during the regular season, Jones had 83 receptions for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on his radio show cornerback Richard Sherman played the second half of the season with an MCL injury in his knee.
Carroll told KIRO-AM Sherman’s injury was significant and it was “stressful” for Sherman to play with the injury.
Carroll did not specify which knee was injured, but said it was similar to Russell Wilson’s sprained MCL suffered early in the season, in that Sherman could play with the injury.
... Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels expressed appreciation for the opportunity to interview with San Francisco but says for now he will remain in New England.
... Washington interviewed Rob Ryan for its defensive coordinator position.
Ryan was most recently the Bills’ assistant head coach/defense this past season under his brother Rex.
Former Jaguars coach Gus Bradley also interviewed for the job.
Packers at Falcons
Kickoff: 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Last meeting: Falcons 33, Packers 32, Oct. 30, Atlanta
Line: Falcons by 5
Steelers at Patriots
Kickoff:, 6:40 p.m. Sunday, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Last meeting: Patriots 278, Steelers 16, Oct. 23 in Pittsburgh
Line: Patriots by 5