The Steelers won 41-17, but Tomlin was unhappy with the whopping amount of penalties called in the game. Each team was flagged 14 times - the Falcons for 75 yards and Pittsburgh for 58.
A long outspoken critic of NFL officiating, Tomlin ripped the officials for their performance in the contest, two weeks after stating that penalties were ruining the "fun" in football.
"Some of the other stuff, man, is a joke We’ve got to get better as the National Football League," Tomlin said, via Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today Sports. "Man, these penalties are costing people games and jobs. We’ve got to get them correct. And so I'm pissed about it, to be quite honest with you. But that's all I'm going to say on it."
The NFL 's new roughing the passer penalty - implemented to crack down on defensive players dropping their weight on quarterbacks - has drawn plenty of criticism from multiple coaches, players and analysts. The Steelers were flagged twice for roughing the passer in Sunday's victory against Atlanta.
According to NFLPenalties.com, the Steelers have had the most counted against penalties this season with 49, costing them 459 yards against. The Kansas City Chiefs are second with 45 penalties against, losing 372 yards from the flags.
Tomlin is far from the only NFL coach, player or fan to be heavily critical of NFL officiating this season. Unfortunately, blown calls and questionable penalties are part of the game, and there's no easy way to fix it.
Some have suggested that NFL teams should be able challenge penalties, something that is permitted in the CFL. That may be the only way to fix the ongoing officiating mistakes, but the NFL has never showed any indications that they'll look into it.
Tomlin will draw plenty of support for sacrificing a big chunk of his salary to say a few words against the officiating, but it doesn't mean things will change for the better.