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NFL admits blown call on Chiefs' missed field goal attempt

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05:35 PM ET 12.30 | Pittsburgh Steelers fans watched their dreams of an improbable playoff berth come to a screeching halt on Sunday afternoon, when the Kansas City Chiefs missed a field goal at the end of regulation that allowed the San Diego Chargers to go on and win in overtime. Unfortunately, the NFL screwed up on the play with officials missing a new rule that would have allowed the Chiefs to kick a shorter attempt for the win. "Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3 (b) (1) of the NFL Rule Book (page 51) states that 'No more than six Team B players may be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper at the snap.' The rule was adopted this year as a player safety measure," the league stated. "The penalty for illegal formation by the defense is a loss of five yards. This rule is not subject to instant replay review. Had the penalty been assessed, it would have resulted in a fourth-and-7 from the San Diego 18 with 0:04 remaining, enabling the Chiefs to attempt a 36-yard field goal."

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December 30, 2013  06:40 PM ET

NFL has admitted to A LOT of bad calls this season. Officiating has had a BAD season.

December 30, 2013  06:55 PM ET

The replacement refs wouldn't have made that mistake!!!!!!!!!!

December 30, 2013  07:48 PM ET

Berry puny. they are yuking it up in Pittsburgh

December 30, 2013  08:08 PM ET

Hey NFL..no comment on that Non-fumble on the fake punt that was returned for a TD in overtime, that would have also ended that game????

December 30, 2013  08:39 PM ET

Forward progress stopped the play as well as the helmet coming off and this all occured before the fumble occured.End of subject.

December 30, 2013  09:10 PM ET

Ok, move The Steelers into The Playoffs!!!

December 30, 2013  09:41 PM ET

Stupidity is no excuse, Refs

December 30, 2013  09:45 PM ET

Caa-caa occurs.

December 30, 2013  10:58 PM ET

I wish I had an abacus to keep track of all the blown calls. If the NFL were a restaurant it would have been closed down because of poor service to its customers and poisoning the viewing public with excuses.

December 31, 2013  12:23 AM ET

These things seem to be happening more and more lately.

December 31, 2013  05:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Hey NFL..no comment on that Non-fumble on the fake punt that was returned for a TD in overtime, that would have also ended that game????

That was far worse than the no call on the field goal. Either he was short of the first down and didn't fumble, or he made it to the first down marker and fumbled. Those officials should never be allowed at a game again.

December 31, 2013  07:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

NFL has admitted to A LOT of bad calls this season. Officiating has had a BAD season.

It's dumb to come out the next day and admit these mistakes... I would rather not hear about it, if it cost my team a game, especially a shot at the playoffs.

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December 31, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Although it didn't cost Dallas the game, that "temporal anomaly" was the stupidest call I've seen in years. 15 seconds just mysteriously disappeared and everyone noticed except the refs. No excuse for that.

December 31, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

NFL has admitted to A LOT of bad calls this season. Officiating has had a BAD season.

THIS!

December 31, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

NFL has admitted to A LOT of bad calls this season. Officiating has had a BAD season.

Yessir, yessir. There should be a re-training boot camp for these mokes. Then there should be fines for wrong calls as there are for players who commit fouls. The more gratuitous and serious, the heavier the fine. Damn refs have ruined more games than Dan Dierdorf.

December 31, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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Admitting is one thing. Fixing the problem is what is truly needed.The call has to be gotten right quickly during the game. Saying a day or two later, "We blew it," makes your product weaker.

FINE THE REFS FOR BAD CALLS!

December 31, 2013  11:48 AM ET
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Although it didn't cost Dallas the game, that "temporal anomaly" was the stupidest call I've seen in years. 15 seconds just mysteriously disappeared and everyone noticed except the refs. No excuse for that.

I'd like to see Coaches' Challenges expanded to include penalties.

Especially after some of the nonsense that's gone on this year.

December 31, 2013  11:50 AM ET

Although it would be somewhat ironic to delay the game in order to review a delay of game penalty... in this case it would have been justified.

 
December 31, 2013  02:13 PM ET

I give the refs a little slack on the FG call, it was a new rule...even though it IS their job to know all the rules. What was awful was the fumble in overtime that was blown dead due to "forward progress". Those refs missed a pretty good game and if the league acknowledges that they miss calls then USE REPLAY. What does it say about your billion dollar a year product when you pick and chose when to use technology while the TV audience and every in attendance can clearly see what really happened. Since the refs aren't full timers I'd bet they would love to be let off the hook. P.S. If forward progress was indeed reached, why was there no whistle until KC scored? Because Leavy is a horrible ref who has been downgraded multiple times by the NFL in the past.

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