News

Officials’ mistake may have cost Steelers a playoff berth

Officials’ mistake may have cost Steelers a playoff berth

BAD CALL: Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop misses the possible game-winning field goal against the San Diego Chargers during the closing seconds of regulation of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, in San Diego. The Chargers eventually won the game 27-24 in overtime. Photo: Associated Press/Lenny Ignelz

(Reuters) – The National Football League said on Monday that officials made a mistake late in Sunday’s regular season finale between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs that could have altered the playoff field.

Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed a potential game-winning field goal from 41 yards with four seconds left in regulation but should have had another chance from 36 yards had San Diego been assessed a five-yard penalty.

“On the play, San Diego lined up with seven men on one side of the snapper. This should have been penalized as an illegal formation by the defense,” the NFL said in a statement.

“The NFL Rule Book 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 Chargers (9-7), who needed a win or tie to reach the playoffs, clinched the AFC’s sixth and final postseason berth with a 27-24 overtime win.

But if the correct call was made and Succop connected on the second attempt, the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) would have claimed the AFC’s final playoff seed based on a tiebreaker.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Congress Could Consider Export Import Bank This Week

Generic WTAX

Illinois businesses, particularly manufacturers, are hopeful Congress will re-authorize the Export-Import Bank this week.

in Local

Regional Planning Commission Faces Funding Challenges

Springfield Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission

The commission has lost both state and federal funding.

in Local

Background Checks Now Required of Student Teachers

teacher apple

Background checks are now required of all student teachers.

in Local

Mitsubishi to Work with UAW on Selling Normal Plant

mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Motors and the United Auto Workers say they will work together to look for a buyer for the central Illinois plant the company plans to close.

in Local

Tourism Increases in Illinois

5-3-15 Lincoln Funeral

Illinois tourism officials say the state saw a 3.5 percent increase in visitors during 2014.