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Lansanah said Bell gesture just 'natural reaction'

One moment from Sunday's game that went viral online was Bucs linebacker Danny Lansanah, left, tackling Antonio Brown, knocking down the arm of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell as he signaled for a first down.
One moment from Sunday's game that went viral online was Bucs linebacker Danny Lansanah, left, tackling Antonio Brown, knocking down the arm of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell as he signaled for a first down.
Published Oct. 1, 2014

Especially after the Bucs rallied in the final seconds for a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, one moment from the game that went viral online was Bucs linebacker Danny Lansanah knocking down the arm of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell as he signaled for a first down.

The play was with 10 minutes left in the third quarter, the game tied 17-17, as the Steelers pulled off a trick play, with a lateral to receiver Antonio Brown, who threw a pass to Bell for a 17-yard gain to the Bucs' 20. It would set up a go-ahead touchdown for Pittsburgh,

"I was kind of upset he got the first down," Lansanah explained Wednesday after his first NFL start. "I was walking past him and saw him out of the corner of my eye and saw his hand. It was just a natural reaction. I felt like it was in my way, so I just knocked it down and kept walking."

The Bucs kept Bell in check Sunday -- he had averaged 105 yards in his first three games at 5.9 a carry, but was held to 63 yards on 19 carries for a 3.3 average. That moment -- and Bell's no-he-didn't look afterwards -- drew praise from Lansanah's teammates as they reviewed tape from Sunday's win.

"We watched it on film and everybody was laughing about it. They were telling me how it went viral on Twitter and everything. It was a good joke," he said.