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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin admits he fell asleep during crucial Raiders-Chargers game

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Pittsburgh Steelers fans were glued to their televisions on Sunday night, knowing that anything but a tie between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers would send them to the playoffs. When the game eventually came down to the final seconds of overtime, their collective stress level was almost certainly through the roof.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, however, was blissfully unaware of the drama that was unfolding. Because he was asleep.

"I dozed off," Tomlin told reporters Tuesday. "I assumed that I had a workday waiting on me. I think at one point, (the Raiders) were up by 15, and that number made you somewhat comfortable."

Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs this season thanks to their 9-7-1 record. They'll face the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC wild-card playoff game on Sunday night.
Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs this season thanks to their 9-7-1 record. They'll face the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC wild-card playoff game on Sunday night.

Of course, that was before Justin Herbert's fourth-quarter heroics brought the Chargers back to force overtime. And Daniel Carlson's field goal as time expired put the Raiders AND the Steelers in the postseason.

If he had missed and the game ended in a tie, the Steelers would have been out.

"I'm probably better off not having watched it," Tomlin quipped.

The Steelers faced long odds to even make the playoffs when the day started, so they know what it's like to play the role of underdog -- one they'll embrace once again on Sunday when they travel to Kansas City for a rematch with the second-seeded Chiefs.

"They handled us and handled us definitively. And so we understand that," Tomlin said of the teams' meeting three weeks ago, which the Chiefs won 36-10.

"But at the same time, we're not paralyzed by that. We accept that we didn't play well enough last time. We accept that we didn't plan well enough last time. But that's the last time."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin dozed off during tense Raiders-Chargers game