In case you haven't noticed, the refereeing this year has been pretty awful. And for some reason, a few of the high profile examples of this have happened in games involving the Chargers. The latest example of this inexplicable officiating was when they took away a late TD by Troy Polamalu on an illegal forward pass call. After the game, referee Scott Green admitted that the Steelers should have been given the TD, and that they made a mistake.
Fans who took the Steelers against the spread (-4.5) were pretty upset with the call at the end of the game, which changed the final score from an 8 point Steeler win to only 1 point.
Another factor that doesn't help the NFL's cause is that the penalties were outrageously one-sided. The Steelers were penalized 13 times for 115 yards. The Chargers were penalized only twice for 5 yards, and one of those penalties came on the final play of the game, which ended up hurting the Steelers more than the Chargers.
Was the game fixed? Probably not. People make mistakes, and that's just part of the game. But this game certainly LOOKED a little fishy, and this whole year has been an ongoing sign that the NFL needs to look at their officiating and find out what they need to do to
Referee Admits Error At End Of Chargers-Steelers Game [ProFootballTalk]
Fans Think Fix Was In For Chargers-Steelers [ProFootballTalk]