Report: Refs’ missed call hurts KC, Steelers

A missed field aim attempt in San Diego might have in the end cost the Pittsburgh Steelers a trip to the playoffs, but a missed call might have been the real distinction.

Kansas Metropolis kicker Ryan Succop missed a 41-yard area objective try with four seconds remaining in regulation Sunday that might have won the sport for the visiting Chiefs. Nonetheless, Professional Football Discuss, citing a league source, reported Sunday evening that the NFL thinks the Chargers ought to have been penalized on the play.

Kansas City's Ryan Succop

Ryan Succop's missed forty one-yard field aim strive against the Chargers should have been retaken, and from 5 yards closer, but the refs missed a name, Professional Football Discuss reported Sunday night time.

Based mostly on a new rule this season, San Diego would have been penalized for an illegal formation when the ball was snapped.

The rule (Rule 9, Section 1, Article three) is in relation to the overloading of one side of the formation when defending a discipline aim. The Chargers had been shown on replays to have seven gamers on one aspect of the snapper; the rule dictates you can have not more than six in such a position.

Had the penalty been known as correctly, the Chiefs would have acquired a second likelihood at profitable the game in regulation with a field goal strive from 5 yards closer. Instead, the sport went to overtime and the Chargers pulled out a 27-24 victory.

If the Chiefs had gained, the Chargers would have been eliminated from postseason contention while the Steelers would have grabbed the sixth and closing playoff spot within the AFC.

As an alternative, the Chargers will go to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in a wild-card game.

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