Kansas City Chiefs should have won after San Diego illegal formation

The Steelers are whining because their 8-8 team missed the playoffs on a bad no-call

12/31/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid during the Chiefs 27-24 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Liu-USA TODAY SportsThe NFL has admitted that their officials messed up in the Chiefs-Chargers game. They didn't call a penalty on the Chargers for lining up too many players on one side of the ball. The play in question ended up being a missed field goal that could have given the Chiefs the win with 4 seconds left in the game.

If the play were called correctly, the Chiefs would have had another chance to attempt the kick. Perhaps Ryan Succop would have made it, perhaps not. But they should have at least had another chance, if the play were called 100% correctly.

If the Chiefs were successful in their 2nd attempt, they would have won the game. That would have actually given the Pittsburgh Steelers a playoff berth, since they needed a San Diego loss.

Now, Steelers fans are all over it, whining about why their mediocre 8-8 team should have been handed a playoff spot. Even Steelers players are in on it, like defensive end Brett Keisel:
 

When is officiating in the NFL going to be judged the same way we are judged as players.Mistake by player Big $$! Mistake by official..Sorry

— Brett Keisel (@bkeisel99) December 30, 2013


Maybe if the Steelers hadn't started the season 0-4, they would have made the playoffs.

Maybe if they didn't lose 21-18 to the Oakland Raiders, in a game in which they only managed a single field goal in the first three quarters, they would have made the playoffs. Perhaps if Ben Roethlisberger had managed to do better than only 1 TD and 2 INTs against the league's 28th ranked passing defense, they would have made the playoffs.

Perhaps if they had beaten the Miami Dolphins, another non-playoff team, they would have made the playoffs.

Basically, if the Steelers had been any less mediocre at any point in the season, they wouldn't have been relying on the Chiefs' backups to beat the Chargers just to get the Steelers into the playoffs.

Would Succop have made the re-kick? Probably. But is it a guarantee? Nope. And was the penalty really THAT egregious? Honestly, I don't think so. Illegal, yes. But did it affect the kick? Would anything have changed if one more player was lined up on the left side of the ball? Probably not, realistically.

The bottom line: Humans make mistakes. Much like boxers should never leave a fight in the hands of the judges, an NFL team should never leave their season in the hands of another team. Or the refs.
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1/1/14   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7035 respect

I'm one Steelers fan with absolutely no desire to whine over this missed call.  Real life is so ugly right now, that the next person who wishes me a Happy New Year IRL will not know what hit him.

1/1/14   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

OMG I Loved this Pat!!

wink

12/31/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Nope
Nope
It doesn't (but if this Steeler fan can't bi*** about something, ya know)
Do over = FG
Craptastic officating all over the league this year.
I agree, if you want to be in the playoffs, play better ball (geesh) don't look for a gimme
 

The officiating HAS been crap all over the league this year, in pretty much every game. They really need to do something about that.

12/31/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Nope
Nope
It doesn't (but if this Steeler fan can't bi*** about something, ya know)
Do over = FG
Craptastic officating all over the league this year.
I agree, if you want to be in the playoffs, play better ball (geesh) don't look for a gimme
 

12/31/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

(Edited by Jess)

"But did it affect the kick? Would anything have changed if one more player was lined up on the left side of the ball? "

Unless the kick being blocked was a reason for the missed FG, I'm not sure why it makes any difference, other than the fact that they would have had a free do-over.

Also - to those saying "The refs cost us a playoff spot!!" I defer to the Steelers fans who told the Seahawks fans to "get over it...", "should've played better," ... "it shouldn't have come down to officiating.." etc. after SBXL. Take your pick. 

12/31/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

You know, if this was Nascar, the Chargers would be out. Steelers would be in and the Dolphins would of been thrown in for good measure in an extra playoff game scenario.