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George Pickens blasts refs after Steelers’ playoff loss

Steelers wide receiver George Pickens didn't mince words when talking about the officiating in Sunday's wild-card loss to the Bills.

When Pickens met with reporters after the game, he accused officials of two suspicious phone calls, including a hold call to Myles Jack.

In that particular instance, the ball may not have been catchable, and that play led to a touchdown for the Bills, pushing Buffalo's lead to 14.

“Honestly, I'm still stuck with the referees and this game,” Pickens said. “That's the only thing on my mind. … You can't win a game by playing against the referees and the Buffalo Bills. To be honest, I feel like that's what happened to us today. To do.”

Steelers wide receiver clearly upset He was on the sideline during the game, but slammed his helmet into the ground late in the fourth quarter.

George Pickens told reporters he thought the Steelers had to play both the referees and the Bills on Monday. Screen capture via X/@FarabaughFB

Pickens seemed angry that he wasn't called when the ball was thrown his way.

“You wonder what people will think if you win a game like this, and maybe some perceptions will change. But like I said before, you can't play with the Bills and the referees at the same time.” said Pickens. According to Sports Illustrated. “When you're trying to make a play personally, they just take away the phone. They throw a clear pass over the head of Myles Jack. They call the PI, but you can't catch it. So , politically speaking, when the players go back and watch the game, watch the referees.”

George Pickens slammed his helmet on the sideline in frustration during a game against the Bills. Screen capture via X/@NFL_DovKleiman
George Pickens had five catches for 50 yards against the Bills on Monday. Getty Images

At Highmark Stadium, Pickens had five receptions for 50 yards in a 31-17 loss.

Pittsburgh fell behind early, trailing 21-0 midway through the second quarter, but managed to close the gap and get within seven points in the fourth quarter.

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