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Bad call in Chargers-Chiefs wiped out big gain for San Diego


Though the Chargers may still indeed upset the Chiefs in Kansas City, a victory would entail overcoming a bad call that wiped out a big gain in the second half.

With the Chargers trailing 21-17 and driving, quarterback Philip Rivers connected with tight end Ladarius Green for a 35-yard gain, down to the Kansas City 22.

But it all came back because Chargers offensive lineman Jeromy Clary, an ineligible receiver, was illegally downfield.

But there was a problem with the call.  Clary moved downfield while at all times legally blocking an opponent.  Under Rule 8, Section 3, Article 1, Item 1(a), that’s not a penalty.

Specifically, an ineligible player “is not illegally downfield if, after initiating contact with an opponent within one yard of the line of scrimmage during his initial charge . . . he moves more than one yard beyond the line while legally blocking or being blocked by an opponent.”

As a result, it shouldn’t have been called.

If the Chargers still win, it won’t be quite as glaring.  Still, the officials who threw a flag that shouldn’t have been thrown will hear about it.

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4 Responses to “Bad call in Chargers-Chiefs wiped out big gain for San Diego”
  1. chargersdiehard says: Nov 24, 2013 4:52 PM

    The broncos and saints use this play all the time. The refs in this game did all they could to help the chiefs.

  2. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 24, 2013 5:05 PM

    Don’t know what’s going on but the officiating over the last few weeks across the league has been the worst I’ve ever seen, and that includes the replacement ref era.

  3. bauldrdash says: Nov 26, 2013 2:10 AM

    It’s almost Tuesday. I live in the future apparently. By the way, the Chargers “will” win.

  4. ronmitchellusc says: Nov 26, 2013 7:38 AM

    NFL refs need to update their rule book to accommidate all the new offensive formations that are really confusing not only defenses but obviously the referees. Listening to John Gruden explain the 49ers offense against Washigton Monday night was like learning a new language. The refs need to learn that new language! Product knowledge!

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