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Leavy decided forward progress was stopped in San Diego

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One of the craziest Sunday’s in NFL regular-season history included a controversial call that will be debated for decades to come in Pittsburgh.

In overtime of the Chiefs-Chargers game, the home team called a fake punt.  The snap came to Eric Weddle, who ran up the middle for a first down.

But Weddle’s helmet came off and the ball came out and the Chiefs recovered it and returned it for an apparent touchdown.

The touchdown didn’t count.  Referee Bill Leavy announced to the crowd that the yardage for a first down had been gained, with no explanation or elaboration as to the reason for the decision to wipe out the fumble and the return.

It wasn’t clear whether Leavy had determined that Weddle’s forward progress had been stopped, or that Weddle’s helmet came off before he fumbled, which would have killed the play.  Forward progress isn’t reviewable; a helmet coming off is.

Per a league source, Leavy determined that Weddle’s forward progress had been stopped before the fumble.  Right or wrong, the decision could not be reviewed.

Still, the question of whether Weddle had indeed reached the line to gain could have been reviewed, but for whatever reason it wasn’t.  That’s the kind of glitch that will be avoided if/when (when) the replay function is moved to the league office.

And regardless of the nuts and bolts, Leavy should have explained the situation better.  The decision removed a win from the Chiefs, and it removed the Steelers from the playoffs.  Like Clete Blakeman’s perfunctory “game is over” message at the end of the Monday night game between the Patriots and Panthers, Leavy’s limited verbiage will do little to make Chiefs (and Steelers) fans believe they didn’t get screwed.

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  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues... says: Dec 29, 2013 8:31 PM

    The League does everything in their power to undermine the Steelers and maintain league parity. The fake punt no-fumble call was a deliberate attack against the Steelers! We demand repercussions!

    We will not stand for this anymore. We are torn between The Prophecy and what is right. The Prophecy tells us to win our seventh Lombardi and then establish the SFL, where football will be restored to its natural form. However, with league intervention — mostly because they need us for the NFL to prosper and can’t afford for us to leave — it is becoming increasingly difficult. We can create the SFL now and bypass the Seventh, for no one will ever reach six.

    No, we must stick to The Prophecy. It cannot be disobeyed. It is clear that we must triumph over our opponents and the League every single week. We see that much clearer now.

    So be it.

  2. huthuthaiku says: Dec 29, 2013 8:32 PM

    Haha Steeler fans
    Finally don’t get a call
    How does it taste now?

  3. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 29, 2013 8:34 PM

    That sound you heard about an hour ago was the sound of 1,000’s of Steeler fans throwing their remote controls through the screen doors of their double wides.

  4. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 29, 2013 8:34 PM

    Who needs a controversial call? Pittsburgh fans always believe the refs are to blame for their team being no good.

  5. noburghfan says: Dec 29, 2013 8:34 PM

    The ‘burgh deserves it !!

  6. bigbaldpapahawk says: Dec 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    This is the man who jobbed Seattle in Superbowl XL and handed a Championship to the Steelers.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    Looked to me like the ball was live and should have belonged to the team that wanted it and took it. The other guy could have gone down, but he got greedy, and they gave him bonus protection for taking and losing the gamble.

    I wish the casinos had that kind of deal. I want a hit. But if the new card busts me, then take it back. I’m the king at blackjack now, you can’t beat my circumventing the natural logic of the game. I have immunity rights to protect myself from self-defeat! 20 now? Yeah, you bet I want another card, unless it turns out to be something other than an Ace.

  8. staffordsyear says: Dec 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    Aww, the steelers are out of the playoffs..so much for that epic comeback..too bad.

  9. winorlose6burgh says: Dec 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    Chiefs should be fined as a fan I would have been mad to watch a bunch of second stringers!

  10. qweststrike2008 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    Oh please…we don’t need a lecture from the refs after every dang play. Ask for that and you are going to get a bunch of Ed Hochuli clones droning on and on, getting their facetime on national TV instead of focusing on the game.

    Let the refs make the call and move on from there. No need for minutes of explanation after they already hold up these games for way too long on reviews already!

  11. nickster31 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    I am a Steelers fan, and we DID NOT get screwed. Bad calls happen in every game. We should have not been in the situation we were in to let a bad call keep us from the playoffs.

    That being said, how many of these bad calls is this guy going to be aloud to make? He is a horrible ref. Always has been, always will be.

  12. pfic15 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:36 PM

    That was a shady call.

  13. gbatap says: Dec 29, 2013 8:37 PM

    Per a league source, Leavy determined that Weddle’s forward progress had been stopped before the fumble. Right or wrong, the decision could not be reviewed.
    ————————————————
    Watch the replay. If he was so sure forward progress was stopped why is there no whistles until the Chiefs score? And like you say even if you don’t consider the fumble wasn’t this play at least close enough to review if he got a 1st down? Unacceptable by the officials on and off the field but pretty fitting consider how atrocious its been all year.

  14. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 29, 2013 8:37 PM

    Leavy botched this one up. The whistles are in the refs’ mouths for a reason. They all let the play go without blowing a whistle but Leavy steps in to say that forward progress was stopped? If that is so, Weddle’s forward progress was actually stopped before the line of gain the first time. The Chargers then pushed Weddle forward another yard where the ball was then pulled out in a pile. So is Leavy saying that forward progress was not stopped the first time but it was when the ball came out and helmet came off? Either way………..the booth upstairs has an obligation to review the play especially in OT of a game with playoff implications.

  15. scharb911 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:37 PM

    Bill Leavy was also the referee for SBXL. The notorious Hawks/Steelers hose job. Clearly Mr Leavy is a man that can be had for a marginal price.

  16. jbaxt says: Dec 29, 2013 8:37 PM

    He seemed to communicate with Rivers just fine after his lack of explanation to the crowd. I think he said to Rivers; “hurry up and hike the ball or your season just ended”.

  17. vincentbojackson says: Dec 29, 2013 8:38 PM

    No reason to expect competent officiating to show up with playoff spots on the line.

    This was a bad year for the stripes week in, week out.

  18. computojon says: Dec 29, 2013 8:38 PM

    My goodness! Maybe the Steelers aren’t God’s team after all. I’m so glad we won’t have to hear any more blather from the trolls steelersaregodsteam and logicalvoicesays until next year. Hooray!

  19. steelerfanforlife says: Dec 29, 2013 8:39 PM

    A 41 yard FG from an NFL kicker is what screwed the Steelers…..nah it was the 0-4 start!! Still come on dude you’re an NFL kicker, you have to make 41 yard FG’s!!

  20. qweststrike2008 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:39 PM

    The decision removed a win from the Chiefs, and it removed the Steelers from the playoffs.

    ————————————————

    Uh the Chiefs had their chance, and couldn’t convert, and it didn’t matter to them. And the Steelers removed themselves from the playoffs with their 0-4 start. #FACTS

  21. jcmeyer10 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:40 PM

    Leavy was obviously not aware of “The Prophecy”

  22. tmcb7 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:40 PM

    Refs stop games for insignificant plays to discuss at length… then review… and come back with stating the obvious. THIS was a critical play in the game with the outcome effecting 2 teams and playoffs!

    Leavy makes a horrible call (IMO) no discussion and then rushes the next play.

    I’m not a Steelers fan or a SD Chargers fan… Leavy not only made the wrong call, but compounded it with everything else associated with his actions.
    Should be inexcusable and the league should overturn the result.

  23. jbaxt says: Dec 29, 2013 8:41 PM

    His progress was never stopped, no whistle ever blew, but when KC crosses the goal line, it’s determined forwad progress was stopped? As a Chiefs fan, SD against KC’s second stringers and deserving to lose is hilarious. As was 1st time starter Daniel putting up 24 in 3 qtrs against a playoff team. But it’s cool 3 AFC West teams are in.

  24. citizenstrange says: Dec 29, 2013 8:41 PM

    I didn’t have high hopes for the playoffs. Roethlisberger had two picks and a fumble against the Browns. The. Browns. If not for the Steeler defense holding the Browns to ZERO until under three minutes left in the game the Steelers would have been in a dog fight. If the Steelers would have lucked into the playoffs they would have gotten Tebowed again.

  25. jhorton83 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:41 PM

    It was pretty sweet watching the Steelers get so close to the playoffs only to have it pulled away at the last minute. That was satisfying and the most obnoxious fanbase in the NFL certainly had it coming.

  26. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 29, 2013 8:41 PM

    Haha Steeler fans
    Finally don’t get a call
    How does it taste now?

    I am sure that it tastes fine. Especially since the Steelers were supposed to be in contention for the No. 1 pick according to brainiacs like you. At least they didn’t quit. The Steelers were actually a missed FG by a back-up team from getting into the playoffs. It probably tastes pretty good.

  27. cjnunes426 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:41 PM

    When it comes down to it, I believe that he got the first before his helmet came off and that his helmet came off before he fumbled.

  28. mayfieldroadboy says: Dec 29, 2013 8:42 PM

    When didn’t Steeler fans think they didn’t get screwed?

    Isn’t that correct, Referee Steratore?

  29. gbatap says: Dec 29, 2013 8:43 PM

    What did Bill Leavy have to say about the illegal overload on the missed FG?

  30. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 29, 2013 8:43 PM

    I’m not even surprised anymore.

    How can they allow him to push the pile forward for the first down but call forward progress stopped before the fumble? He fumbled at the first down line. Also, I thought you could review to hear the whistle which ends the play, not when the ref determines forward progress is stopped in his own mind.

    I’m not saying the Steelers are getting screwed more than other teams, but a lot of teams have been screwed this season. Something needs to be changed. The refs are determining games and that is the last thing they should do.

    People saying Steelers get all the calls, look no further than the blocked FG last week.

    Lastly, thanks Succop.

  31. bonniebengal says: Dec 29, 2013 8:43 PM

    What are the Steeler fans going to do with all the Bengal playoff game tickets they bought online right before the missed field goal?

  32. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 29, 2013 8:44 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:34 PM

    Who needs a controversial call? Pittsburgh fans always believe the refs are to blame for their team being no good.

    Ha. The Ravens could have used some good calls while getting outscored 75-24 in the last 2 games. How does third place in the AFC North taste? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  33. msclemons67 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:44 PM

    Leavy, Triplette, Boger, Blakeman – the list of horrific calls this year is endless.

    How are these idiots any better than the replacement refs?

  34. jbaxt says: Dec 29, 2013 8:45 PM

    I didn’t see his helmet come off, I didn’t hear a whistle, I saw a pile moving forward, the ball come out and KC score. It doesn’t matter for my team’s 2nd stringers taking a “playoff” team to OT, but Pittsburgh got screwed. Of course Succups missed 41 yarder didn’t help much, nor did benching their starters. It sure shouldn’t come down to the refs though.

  35. berniemadoffsides says: Dec 29, 2013 8:45 PM

    I smile at the thought of that annoying Steelers fan on here sobbing in his bed… :)

  36. boknowsvt says: Dec 29, 2013 8:47 PM

    Who cares? Does anyone think the Chargers are actually winning anything?

  37. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 29, 2013 8:47 PM

    jhorton83 says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:41 PM

    It was pretty sweet watching the Steelers get so close to the playoffs only to have it pulled away at the last minute. That was satisfying and the most obnoxious fanbase in the NFL certainly had it coming.

    Have you met Ravens’ fans? Stay a while and your assessment of the most obnoxious fan base in the NFL will be righted.

  38. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 29, 2013 8:47 PM

    One of the things I have learned in all my years….

    pittsburgh fans will never stop crying.

  39. jbaxt says: Dec 29, 2013 8:47 PM

    I found it terribly odd that no one discussed it. It wasn’t brought up or even mentioned. Where was the official guy they call and get his opinion? It was swept under the rug faster than any call I’ve ever seen. It was like the NFL said, shut your mouths and move on.

  40. bigdaddydooko says: Dec 29, 2013 8:52 PM

    No complaints from this steelers fan. If they would have won one of their first four games, then hey wouldn’t have been in the situation they were. The good news is the ravens choked and are now looking up at the steelers in the standings.

  41. jmp527 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:53 PM

    huthuthaiku says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:32 PM
    Haha Steeler fans
    Finally don’t get a call
    How does it taste now?

    Sucks that it happened that way. The Steelers were supposed to finish last in the AFC North, they started 0-4, the D was too old, and the O had no weapons. Yet they found a way to be in the playoff hunt on the last day of the season. Do you think Cincy wanted to play the Steelers next week? I don’t.

  42. acpappas says: Dec 29, 2013 8:54 PM

    Bottom line is the refs get paid way too much money to work only 2 days a week. There were too many bad calls this season. Either make them work full time or let the league office review everything

  43. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 29, 2013 8:54 PM

    More suspicion of the NFL being fixed… Wait til all replays go to headquarters…. Then whoever they need to win for marketing & tv ratings will get the calls. Franchises in small markets won’t stand a chance.

  44. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 29, 2013 8:54 PM

    It’s such a laugh how steelers fans are looking at a play in another game as a way to defend their team’s decline (29th ranked RUSH Offense/22nd ranked RUSH Defense/salary cap issues/aging core players).

  45. steelcurtainn says: Dec 29, 2013 8:55 PM

    The sd rb was stopped and then stripped of the ball. “Right or wrong the decision could not be reviewed” lol., The steelers were robbed again unless your a fan of the opposing team. The league didn’t want the steelers in the playoffs. Simple as that. At least the steelers knocked the ravens out who couldn’t even handle their own business. The ravens never had a superbowl hangover. They were never good enough period to have a superbowl hangover. 8-8 for Baltimore is just about who they really are as a team. As for the steelers they were not even supposed to be this close to the playoffs, remember. This team will be back and won’t rely on other teams to get them in next year. Bank on it.

  46. pdmjr says: Dec 29, 2013 8:55 PM

    Fans around the country seem to fear/hate the Steelers. Just like all the good teams, Patriots, Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Notre Dame, Boston, Knicks
    Penguins, Blackhawks, Alabama, SC, Miami.

    I wonder why?

  47. pftstory says: Dec 29, 2013 8:58 PM

    Where did this “line to gain” verbiage appear?
    Its before he “made a first down.”

    “line to gain” makes me feel like I should have a long sleeve sweater draped on my shoulders with the arms tied in a bow on my chest.

  48. bonniebengal says: Dec 29, 2013 8:58 PM

    huthuthaiku says:

    Dec 29, 2013 8:32 PM
    Haha Steeler fans
    Finally don’t get a call
    How does it taste now?

    Sucks that it happened that way. The Steelers were supposed to finish last in the AFC North, they started 0-4, the D was too old, and the O had no weapons. Yet they found a way to be in the playoff hunt on the last day of the season. Do you think Cincy wanted to play the Steelers next week? I don’t.

    ___________________________
    The last time we played you the refs ignored an illegal hit that broke our punter’s jaw and vertebrae and took him out for the year. The NFL later admitted it was illegal. The refs gifted you two TDs and helped you win the game. It’s fitting that refs took the postseason away from you.

  49. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues... says: Dec 29, 2013 8:59 PM

    Nevertheless, please take note that we have more Lombardis than you. Thanks.

    Our trophy case represents glory. Your trophy case represents despair.

    We bathe in confetti. You bathe in tears.

    We laugh at you from our throne in the sky. CAN YOU HEAR US DOWN THERE?

  50. wicky888 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:01 PM

    If that were the Bears-Packers game that play would have been reviewed for 2 straight hours whilst one half of the split screen showed all 22 replay angles 5 times each and the other side showed Mike Pereira citing 37 different NFL rules and ultimately getting the call wrong

  51. pftstory says: Dec 29, 2013 9:01 PM

    pdmjr. Seems like you need to update your list of good teams. Many you listed have not been good for a long while and certainly have not been feared.
    When was the last time someone said “oh no! we have to play the Knicks?” (Cowboys, SC, Miami)

  52. lennylyles says: Dec 29, 2013 9:01 PM

    Cheaters (That would be the Steeler coach) never prosper.

  53. marylandchief says: Dec 29, 2013 9:02 PM

    I felt bad for the 20 subs who started and played their hearts out for the Chiefs to only have it stolen from them by a horrible officiating screw up. Count me amount those who thought it was either stopped before the first down or a fumble. Either way, it had to warrant a review. Very poor officiating.

  54. RavenzGunnerz says: Dec 29, 2013 9:05 PM

    I am a Ravens fan. I think 8-8 teams should NOT be making the playoffs.

    Even my beloved Ravens. Sorry.

  55. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 29, 2013 9:05 PM

    It’s such a laugh how steelers fans are looking at a play in another game as a way to defend their team’s decline (29th ranked RUSH Offense/22nd ranked RUSH Defense/salary cap issues/aging core players).

    Your sense of humor stats guy is about be tested next week. Good luck ….see if it’s more than one and done for the fist time since the 90’s….pathetic.

  56. cjnunes426 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:05 PM

    You guys complaining do understand that the play stops when the helmet is removed, right?

  57. slick50ks says: Dec 29, 2013 9:06 PM

    Bill Leavy should retire.

    If not, he should be fired immediately.

    But no, he’ll be working playoff games this year too. The Godell NFL has absolutely no shame.

    Anyway, the chargers are a joke. Most of the guys out there today for the Chiefs didn’t play a single snap all year, and by all rights beat your crappy team.

  58. pftstory says: Dec 29, 2013 9:06 PM

    Maybe if the fans had some guts and suffered through a season of replacement refs we could have gotten rid of the refs that suck.
    We have bad calls with this set of crews, we had bad calls with replacement refs.
    We were just stupid and demanded to have this set of bad refs back.
    It’s a little silly to complain about bad calls now. We got what we asked for.

  59. scoobies05 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:08 PM

    wow steelcurtainn. im not gonna sit here and say the ravens woulda coulda shoulda because they didnt. they finished where they finished. but the truth is the ravens are one of the top franchises in the nfl and have been for a while now. and you know it. i can admit the steelers are a great franchise. why not be honest and admit the same for the ravens

  60. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 29, 2013 9:09 PM

    Ha. The Ravens could have used some good calls while getting outscored 75-24 in the last 2 games. How does third place in the AFC North taste? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I imagine if tastes just like second place, but not nearly as bad as going 8-8 two years in a row.

  61. seattlesue427 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:09 PM

    The Stealers missed the playoffs? How tragic! I’m just heartbroken. What a travesty! (Can hardly type I’m laughing so hard.)

    If the Stealers (misspelling intentional) never make the playoffs again it will be too soon.

    Go Hawks!

  62. bigcid10 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:11 PM

    Ha. The Ravens could have used some good calls while getting outscored 75-24 in the last 2 games. How does third place in the AFC North taste? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    hows it feel to be third place in afc north
    superbowl champs!

  63. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:12 PM

    It clearly wasn’t personal. After all, this is the guy who fixed a win for the Steelers in a superbowl.

  64. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 29, 2013 9:14 PM

    Removed the Steelers from the playoffs. Really has a nice ring to it.

  65. londontodd says: Dec 29, 2013 9:17 PM

    If

  66. joerevs300 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:17 PM

    Am I frustrated as a Steelers’ fan that the officials basically said, first down, with no possibility of review? Of course.

    But what (most sane, reasonable) Steeler fans are upset about is the team playing with passion and intensity in Weeks 15-17, which if they had shown against Tennessee, Oakland or Minnesota, they wouldn’t have been relying on a meaningless game for the Chiefs to get them into the postseason.

    We got exactly what we earned for our inconsistent season, 8-8 and no playoffs. And every Steeler fan knows this is the truth.

    Now, I won’t shed a tear if Cincinnati wins 63-0 over San Diego next week either :)

  67. itswhereyourmindsat says: Dec 29, 2013 9:20 PM

    That entire referee crew should be fined at least $100,000 each and never be able to referee in a playoff game ever again

  68. patriotsdefense says: Dec 29, 2013 9:22 PM

    First Succop misses the end of regulation kick wide right. Then Weddle’s helmet pops off.

    It must suck to be a Pissburgh fan tonight. And to think back to when Brown stepped out of bounds vs the Fins by an inch.

  69. dedicatedhawkfan says: Dec 29, 2013 9:22 PM

    ah the irony! Wasn’t too long ago that Seahawk fans were called babies and losers for pointing out the obvious Leavy bad calls. Even after he admitted his calls affected the game. Fast forward to today…

  70. Phil says: Dec 29, 2013 9:26 PM

    If the Steelers wanted to make the playoffs they shouldn’t have lost to the 4-12 Raiders.

  71. mizzousooner says: Dec 29, 2013 9:32 PM

    cjnunes426 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:05 PM

    You guys complaining do understand that the play stops when the helmet is removed, right?

    ______________________________________

    Ball was out before the helmet came off.

    Did you even watch the game?

  72. pftfanatic says: Dec 29, 2013 9:33 PM

    Pittsburgh is know for great beer. The last few years they’ve become connoisseurs of great w(h)ine. Today’s events are a perfect example.

  73. realfootballfan says: Dec 29, 2013 9:33 PM

    Leavy’s got action on these games, I’m convinced. Steelers got screwed.

  74. wilcoxmr says: Dec 29, 2013 9:37 PM

    Hey steelers fan how does it feel to be screwed by bad calls! Have fun sitting on your couches watching your team NOT in the playoffs !!

  75. steelcurtainn says: Dec 29, 2013 9:38 PM

    @scoobs
    As you know, most of my post are posted to trash talking fans, not you, your one of the good guys.
    your right tho, Im honest, the ravens are a good organization. The steelers are as well…..The steelers were playing good ball down the stretch and deserved the last playoff spot despite starting 0-4. KC had some bad calls(stop on 4th and 2) go there way plus the 41 yd field goal that would have sent the steelers in the playoffs but didn’t happen. The ravens on the other hand crumbled down the stretch again just like they did last year in the regular season. Only difference was they went on a few game run last year in the playoffs. The ravens to me have always been a average team(with a good organization)_ who degressed this season. They had to chances to close the door to the playoffs and couldn’t get it done. The steelers on the other hand started rough only to finish strong and come up short. Id definitely say with all that happen these last 2 weeks thesteelers were the most deserving team to get in the playoffs.

  76. cup1981 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:40 PM

    Straight from a diehard Steeler fan… Some bad calls go for us and some go against us, and they all even out by the end of the year. Just so happens that the evening out came at a bad time for us. Despite not making the playoffs, I still see a bright future for this team.

    LEt’s talk about the elephant in the room; the fact that SD got taken apart by a team full of 2nd and 3rd stringers. Simply hilarious that it took a terrible call and a missed 41 yd FG for the Chargers to come out with the “W.”

  77. snoqualmieterry says: Dec 29, 2013 9:43 PM

    Funny, Steeler,s fans cry about one call, but tell Seahawks fans to forget about seven bad calls in the 40th Super Bowl. Not even close to being even.

  78. r8dernation says: Dec 29, 2013 9:43 PM

    If the Steelers are whining, then they should have beaten the Raiders and this would not have mattered. Buh-Bye.

  79. joestrummerlives says: Dec 29, 2013 9:47 PM

    To the Steelers trolls:

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

    Thanks, and see you next season.

  80. juststeel says: Dec 29, 2013 9:48 PM

    The National Fix League has reared its ugly head again.

  81. boomgrounder says: Dec 29, 2013 9:49 PM

    The Chargers beat the Chiefs fair and square. The Chiefs had a chance to win the game on a easily makable FG and missed. The referee made a judgement call. That’s the way life goes.
    Now as far as the Squealers go they suck at 8-8 with the Browns in their Division and would have been probably the worst playoff team in the history of the NFL. Their Head Coach is a a cheating liar and their QB is a rapist and their fans are the biggest bunch of cry babies in the NFL. I guess that’s why they carry yellow crying towels with them, to wipe the tears from their snotty faces. Besides that, grown men wearing shiny yellow pants to play football in is a little much don’t you think?

  82. holeinone09 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:54 PM

    As a Steeler fan, I won’t cry about not making the playoffs because of those plays in the KC game, regardless of how they might have impacted things. You have to take care of your own business and the Steelers could have done a better job of that during the year. I am happy they turned it around and gave this fan some excitement and entertainment at the end. I can’t imagine a true Steeler fan complaining about how they played today. And they recently embarrassed the Bengals. Ben had his best year overall, it seems they found a nice back with Bell, and some young defensive players really stepped up. Like every team, there will be some change and turnover next year. I expect they will be better next year.

    But one thing I think fans of every team can agree on–the officiating this year was sloppy, resulting in some big missed calls and bad calls. Fans deserve better than what we got this year.

  83. jharmon64 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:00 PM

    It’s really embarrassing these posters who love to slam the Steeler fans.

    These people making comments are bigger whiners than the Steelers fans they speak of.

    Each team has it’s own set of fans that are disrespectful, complainers and conspiracy theory people.

    Lighten up.

  84. davetrembley says: Dec 29, 2013 10:03 PM

    Steelers have had plenty of calls go their way over the years, so please, no whining like little school girls okay Steeler fans?

  85. cjnunes426 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:03 PM

    mizzousooner says: Dec 29, 2013 9:32 PM

    cjnunes426 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:05 PM

    You guys complaining do understand that the play stops when the helmet is removed, right?

    ______________________________________

    Ball was out before the helmet came off.

    Did you even watch the game?

    _____________________________________

    That is false. I’ve replayed it a hundred times.

  86. koenig61 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:04 PM

    As fans we need to stop basing our opinions on whether or not we hate an opposing team. A bad call is a bad call. Other than fans who hate the steelers, I’m sure there wasn’t one person watching that KC/SD fumble and thinking what was that? Line to be gained was reached? No whistle, yet play is dead? No review to see if line to gain was reached prior to helmet coming off? The officiating was/is horrendous this year. Something has to be done. Moving the calls to a central location won’t help bad calls on the field when rules in place currently don’t allow for certain calls to be reviewed. By the way this is what Mike Pereira, just posted about that call in the KC game.

    “Replay did not stop the game because the ruling of forward progress is not reviewable. Should have been a strip and TD in my opinion.”

  87. willkill4caffeine says: Dec 29, 2013 10:04 PM

    Don’t tell any of the Steelers where Leavy lives….or Ryan Sutton for that matter

  88. jmp527 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:05 PM

    The last time we played you the refs ignored an illegal hit that broke our punter’s jaw and vertebrae and took him out for the year. The NFL later admitted it was illegal. The refs gifted you two TDs and helped you win the game. It’s fitting that refs took the postseason away from you.

    Sounds like a whining Bungles fan to me. Maybe your punter should run to the sideline after he punts the ball. Your last playoff win was how long ago? Enjoy your trip to the playoffs, it might not happen again for another 10 years.

    The refs didn’t take the playoffs away from the Steelers, they did it to themselves. All they had to do was beat the Vikings, Raiders, or Titans. No crying here (unlike you). Your team was dominated by an O line with 4 backups the last time we played. Your QB sucked the last time we played. Your team got beat last time we played and you would have lost next week. The bengals will beat the chargers then get pasted by the Broncos. Once again, enjoy your trip to the playoffs.

  89. normswifevera says: Dec 29, 2013 10:11 PM

    And now Mike Pereira notes that SD should have been flagged for an illegal formation on KC’s missed FG.

    Good job, refs. Good effort.

  90. koenig61 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:12 PM

    Mike Pereira also just said SD had overloaded one side on the KC FG attempt, 6 players to one side of center, and should have been a penalty. I know being a ref is a tough job, but they get paid damn good money. Mistakes will be made, but this year seems to be worse than others.

  91. whosennext says: Dec 29, 2013 10:12 PM

    Here’s hoping for all you Steelers haters that Bill Leavy is the referee of your team during the playoffs and makes the same call he did during the Kansas City/San Diego game and it knocks your team out of the playoffs or causes your team to lose the Super Bowl. And remember you cannot whine about the crappy officiating because your team lost.

  92. mikeypanic says: Dec 29, 2013 10:20 PM

    steeler envy in full force as usual

  93. pastabelly says: Dec 29, 2013 10:22 PM

    Hard to feel too bad for an 8-8 that misses the playoffs.

  94. bobsnygiants says: Dec 29, 2013 10:31 PM

    I’m telling you these Refs are the worst, they should be fine.

  95. apkyletexas says: Dec 29, 2013 10:35 PM

    As a Steeler fan who has watched the replay, this seems like a pretty dumb, contrived controversy.

    The Charger running back was clearly stopped, and after he was stopped the defenders started ripping at his helmet and at the ball.

    The Chiefs were fortunate not to get a 15-yard roughing penalty.

  96. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 29, 2013 10:37 PM

    joerevs300 says:
    Dec 29, 2013 9:17 PM
    Am I frustrated as a Steelers’ fan that the officials basically said, first down, with no possibility of review? Of course.

    But what (most sane, reasonable) Steeler fans are upset about is the team playing with passion and intensity in Weeks 15-17, which if they had shown against Tennessee, Oakland or Minnesota, they wouldn’t have been relying on a meaningless game for the Chiefs to get them into the postseason.

    We got exactly what we earned for our inconsistent season, 8-8 and no playoffs. And every Steeler fan knows this is the truth.

    Now, I won’t shed a tear if Cincinnati wins 63-0 over San Diego next week either :)

    Joe you forgot to mention the worse loss of them all.
    Letting a warm weather team come into your own house and beat you in a snow storm.

  97. rodh32340 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:44 PM

    It sucks..but the Steelers just had to win a couple of games and they wouldn’t be praying for a team to win for them! Everyone talks about the lack of discipline on a good Lions team that is sitting at home, Steelers are just as UN-coached as any other better than their record team. Refs screw up in every game that is played in the league and this game was no great exception. Maybe next year your organization will take each game seriously and not expect the playoffs seed to be given to you jst because you play against Cleveland and Cincinnati!

  98. scoobies05 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:53 PM

    i hear you brother. unfortunately, its a 16 game season and in the end, neither of our teams were good enough to get there no matter how we disect it. hope you are well and go….go…now what do we do

  99. nightrain42 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:14 PM

    Quit cryin about superbowl xl. One bad call, the block on the interception. That’s it. The offensive interference was the right call. As one of most famous push off wrs of all time said…u can’t extend ur arm to create space when the official is right behind you. Cris Carter. I guess Levy caused Seattle’s trash talking TE to drop every pass thrown his way or caused the defense to bite on a reverse. And for the TD call, Ben may hve short, but don’t forget, it wasn’t a 3rd down play and they had a 265lb tailback named the bus….now as for the KC game, it is what it is. If my squad wld hve taken care of their own business, this wldnt hve been necessary.

  100. dellis07 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:44 PM

    I’m a Steeler fan here, I understand that if the Chiefs won, we were in the post-season but I don’t what that call has to do with us getting screwed. We screwed ourselves by starting off 0-4. The refs decision had nothing to do with the Steelers.

  101. dannymac17 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:07 AM

    hahhaa steeler fans tears are so sweet!

  102. wowza58 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:25 AM

    Should have had another shot from 5 yards closer.

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    Got this off another forum from another KC fan. You can clearly see 7 players to the left of the center, no flag was thrown. NFL rules- (a) When Team A presents a punt, field-goal attempt or a Try Kick formation, a Team B player, who is within 1 yard of the line of scrimmage, must have his entire body outside the snapper’s shoulder pads at the snap. (b) When Team A presents a field-goal or Try Kick formation: (1) No more than six Team B players may be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper at the snap; Penalty: For illegal formation by the defense, loss of 5 yards from the previous spot. (2) Team B players cannot push teammates on the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation. Penalty: For unnecessary roughness, loss of 15 yards from the previous spot

  103. wowza58 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:26 AM

    Regarding the missed FG attempt ………….

  104. jlosbanos5 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:29 AM

    Bunch of haters on here if was ur team jus made da playoffs u guys would be cheering too. Cry me a river steeler fans say wat u want we in da playoffs not u guys. End of story try again next year. CHARGERS all day. N for all the supposed charger faithful out there dissing them saying they got no chance for the playoffs before today started where u at now.

  105. jlosbanos5 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:40 AM

    And everyone complaining about the refs bad calls there were many bad calls that went either way tonight so wat u btching for. 2 big pass interference calls against san diego, chiefs just couldn’t capitalize.

  106. vikinganswer says: Dec 30, 2013 12:43 AM

    Your constant bashing of the officials is getting old. I am done. Get a new job you runt.

  107. jjconley says: Dec 30, 2013 12:44 AM

    “Do you think Cincy wanted to play the Steelers next week? I don’t.”

    Bengals fans wanted this more than anything. Yes, the refs aided Pittsburgh’s win against Cincy in Pittsburgh, so karma is a bish. Would’ve been great to send Pittsburgh home one and done. Undefeated at home against a weak team known for cheap shots and crying…wish they didn’t fall apart so wet could’ve sent them packing ourselves!

  108. hawkstradamus says: Dec 30, 2013 12:54 AM

    Steeler fans complaining about a Bill Leavy call. As a Seahawks fan I see no humor in this most ironic set of circumstances.

  109. drone501 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:50 AM

    the refs made bad calls in the game when it altered the outcome of the game. hell, even the clock operator screwed up in dallas. im a big steeler fan but i still have to get up and go to work so maybe next year. time to move on.

  110. wfingers23 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:44 AM

    winorlose6burgh says:
    Dec 29, 2013 8:35 PM
    Chiefs should be fined as a fan I would have been mad to watch a bunch of second stringers!
    —–
    Normally i tend to agree with you, but for a team to be given the playoffs on a platter and it take to OT to beat second stringers was plenty fun because everyone likes a train wreck.. However, Rivers actually has fun playing football so don’t under estimate him; they did beat Denver.

  111. tamonty67 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:39 AM

    The Ed Hochuli and “Holly Roller” (for you old guys) rulings finally gave back. Carma may take time, but will always come.

  112. @HowdyDoobie says: Dec 30, 2013 4:58 AM

    2012: “These guys suck! We want the real ref’s back!”
    2013: “These guys suck!”

  113. afcdomination says: Dec 30, 2013 6:23 AM

    they didn’t review it, which was a ridiculous mistake, then they didn’t spot an 8 man overload on a big kick in a tie game?

    that kind of stuff just cannot happen in the NFL or come playoff time. I don’t care if the kicker missed a kick and the steelers started 0-4. that should just not happen, and if it were the playoffs it would be a massive controversy and a totally unfortunate turn of events.

  114. afcdomination says: Dec 30, 2013 6:26 AM

    “the chargers beat the chiefs fair and square”

    the chargers and the refs beat the chiefs 20 replacement backup starters fair and square!, by 3, in OT!”

  115. esheridan12 says: Dec 30, 2013 6:40 AM

    Call it karma. Steelers benefitted from two earlier no calls – one against Tomlin in the Ravens game and one in the Bengals game when punter got hurt. Both no calls affected the end of the game.

  116. robgilman says: Dec 30, 2013 11:29 AM

    Pretty obvious the Chargers were handed a playoff berth. Last weeks unbelievable calls in the Oakland, and now this.

    Lining up seven guys on one side so the kicker is forced to hook it right- No call. The fumble recovery for a touchdown looked pretty clear. If the play was over why not blow the whistle?

    NFL has become a joke to watch.

  117. mrheavyhustle says: Dec 30, 2013 12:45 PM

    By NFL rule the play stops when the helmet comes off. The ref should’ve given a better explanation than he had but it is what it is. If it was called a fumble on field it would thaw been reviewed as is all turnovers and overturned because the runner had lost his helmet. Steelers should’ve took care of their business themselves and they wouldn’t have had to depend on another team to get them in playoffs. No playoffs for Steelers.

    Go Niners!!!
    (My Niners lost a Number 1 overall seed because of a bad call on Ahmad Brooks sack fumble against, Saints; now that’s a bad and extremely costly call)

  118. siaaa says: Dec 30, 2013 4:32 PM

    as for the Steelers, an 8-8 team does not deserve to go to the playoffs no matter how bad the calls were in an entirely different game.

  119. superpatsfan3 says: Dec 30, 2013 8:31 PM

    I love to hear the fans of a team that a football game on a bounce pass vs the Raiders back in the day complain about getting screwed by the refs.

  120. zebrahater says: Dec 30, 2013 8:37 PM

    I wonder what game Bill Levy will be at next? Wherever it is someone is going to get screwed, and someone will win because of it. Enjoy it SD this time, cause it might be you that gets Levy’s hammer next time!

  121. wickid77 says: Dec 30, 2013 9:46 PM

    Yeah–like the missed call on an illegal helmet to helmet cheap shot on a defenseless player that was the Bengal’s punter Huber that would have negated a returned touchdown on a punt–calls like that that are missed by the officials–good point

  122. benjahm says: Dec 30, 2013 10:21 PM

    If all bunk calls were made correctly then the week one hosing by the refs that handed the win to the titans vs the chargwrs would have made this situation wholly moot as even a week 17 loss to the chiefs wouldve left the chargers at 9-7. Only difference is the chargers wouldve had the 6 seed locked up before kickoff in that scenario. I do get a kick out of all the chargers haters who seem to forget they already bested the chiefs starters AT ARROWHEAD (whats does that say about their a-squad??). Not to mention the stunner at mile high a week later on a short week. When clicking on all gears this is a dangerous squad that has proven it can hang with the best of the afc and on the road, albeit inconsistently. The simple fact is the afc west, once considered a joke, is arguably the most competitive and stacked division in the nfl today.

  123. colereimer says: Jan 4, 2014 2:57 AM

    Let’s be honest, while I am a Steelers fan and disappointed that they failed to secure a playoff spot, they did not quite earn it. Though many referee rulings have definitely been, at the very least, questionable throughout the last few seasons. The fact that two of the most recent and obvious crap rulings occurred in the same game (KC & SD), is unacceptable. In that game only one team got screwed, Kansas City. Pittsburgh’s playoff spot that, while would have been their’s if KC was victorious, was a hail mary at least. Pittsburgh did redeem themselves after an almost certain season failure after their 0-4 start. Anyway, every team seams to be in danger of serious sandbagging at the hands of incompetent referees. They have the equipment to review the plays they need to use it. You’d think if at least one referee questioned Leavy’s call they would review it, right? Also the no challenging during OT rule in my opinion is a waste of ink in the rulebooks, if you have the option to challenge a play during regular game time, you might as well let it be available in OT. It is honestly making a mess of the NFL, that they made need a hazmat crew to clean up.

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