Ref could have awarded the Chargers a score over Steelers’ repeated offsides

Getty Images

At the end of Sunday night’s game, the Steelers jumped offside on three consecutive Chargers field goals in a desperate attempt to block the game-winning kick. The third time, the Chargers made the kick anyway. But if they hadn’t, the officials could have given them the three points.

That’s the word from former NFL heads of officiating Dean Blandino and Mike Pereira, who both said in a video for FOX that committing repeated penalties in an effort to stop the other team from scoring is a penalty itself that can result in the team being given the score.

“There is something in the rulebook that I don’t know if a lot of people know about: There is a penalty for continually fouling to prevent a score,” Blandino said.

Pereira said in situations like the game last night, the rules allow for the referee to just give the team the points.

“If you deem that they intentionally did this, intentionally fouled on successive plays . . . the referee could in fact award a score,” Pereira said. “Successive penalties intentionally committed to try to prevent a score, you can go ahead and award a score.”

Blandino said he would have supported the referee warning the Steelers after the second offside penalty that if they did it again, the Chargers would be given the points.

“The rulebook is clear. You give a warning and after the warning you give a score. I would have strongly considered it after the second one, but certainly the third one,” Blandino said.

That result would have been among the strangest endings in NFL history: A team winning a game not because it kicked a game-winning field goal, but because the other team’s penalties prevented it from kicking a game-winning field goal.

54 responses to “Ref could have awarded the Chargers a score over Steelers’ repeated offsides

  1. I thought the Steelers attempt to anticipate the snap count and block the kick in that situation was a smart move. Especially in a game where the officiating was suspect and there was a chance they could get away with being offside.

  2. They weren’t intentionally going off sides. It was smart game planning. They knew a successful field goal wins the game so you need a running start to block the kick, penalties be damned. They were taking a shot in the dark at not being offsides and still blocking it.

  3. I don’t think they were intentionally jumping offsides. I think they were trying to time the snap, and the Chargers were messing with their minds..lol. Also, there is video of the center oddly moving the ball before the snap, something I guess he’s known for doing. The Chargers wanted the game more, and they came in and took it from the Steelers, end of story. The calls were the calls, bad calls happen in every game, sometimes they work in your favor, sometimes not. The Steelers still had plenty of chances to win and they failed.

  4. “If you deem that they intentionally did this, intentionally fouled on successive plays…”

    That would be a tough ‘deem’ to make when it comes to a Tomlin coached team. They could credibly argue they are simpll totally undisciplined and intent had no bearing on their actions

  5. Yes, that would have been a great idea. They gave the Chargers 2 other scores by way of superior knowledge of the NFL rulebook. Why not go for the trifecta. All Hail Grand Pubah, Al Riveron. Genius!!!

  6. That would be a tough ‘deem’ to make when it comes to a Tomlin coached team. They could credibly argue they are simpll totally undisciplined and intent had no bearing on their actions
    ————————————————————————
    “Trip ’em” Tomlin is anything but credible. So just give the offense the points and tell Trippy to concentrate on his team’s discipline.

  7. The 1st offsides they called it on Joe Haden and never even showed a replay. Can Pit also get scores for the illegal block in the back that gave the Bolts a punt return TD? If not that one, how about the laughable false start penalty that was not called on the Bolts’ 1st TD pass? Just trying to be fair here.

  8. Haden wasn’t even offsides when the first kick was missed. And did the Steelers get awarded a score when the Chargers Center repeatedly moved the ball on purpose to draw an offsides call?

  9. Boy, it would be great if the Raiders could beat this classless team next. Let’s see if they have as much enthusiasm playing the Steelers as they did against the Chiefs this past Sunday minus those fumbles. This team with Tomlin can’t lose enough…

  10. People who voted thumps down to a post saying that what the Steelers did was smart don’t understand football. The idea is to win the game. It’s the last play of regulation. The only way the Steelers could win is by getting the game into OT. The defense trying to time the snap is very difficult. What’s more amazing is that the Charger blocking did not change as they didn’t pick up the outside rusher (similar to what cost Boise State the night before against Fresno State). It looked like the Chargers could have been charged with tripping (as the blocker on the end extends his leg).

  11. This was all brought on by the refs missing the first off-sides call against the Chargers, then letting both teams jump off-sides repeatedly the entire game to try and even things up! BS, two wrongs don’t make a right, the refs should have called every off-sides after the first missed off-sides call, giving a foul for a missed call doesn’t equal anything up, it just makes the refs look more imcompetent than they already do, if that’s possible!!!

  12. The refs didn’t have any hand in the Steelers losing. Blame it on their cheating coach and lack of effort after halftime.

  13. Stealers got away with murder in that game, late hits , hits out of bounds, massive holding so big ben could lumber around in the backfield, and head shots all night long. No flags, first holding call on them was late third quarter. But they lost because of a missed false start. Cry me a Rivers lol

  14. I can’t lie though i’ve tried this dumb strategy multiple times in Madden and it never worked out in my favor. lmao

    funniest thing is The first kick went wide left and they would have wen’t to overtime naturally.. It was a dumb thing to attempt because as we saw.. Your just giving the kicking team 5 free yards and on the off chance they make the kick when your offsides, they just decline it and walk away winners as we saw..

    I doubt they would have ended up timing the kick perfectly especially after the first failed try to get a jump as the chargers knew what they were trying to do.

  15. I can’t lie though i’ve tried this dumb strategy multiple times in Madden and it never worked out in my favor. lmao

    funniest thing is The first kick went wide left and they would have wen’t to overtime naturally.. It was a dumb thing to attempt because as we saw.. Your just giving the kicking team 5 free yards and on the off chance they make the kick when your offsides, they just decline it and walk away winners as we saw..

    I doubt they would have ended up timing the kick perfectly especially after the first failed try to get a jump as the chargers knew what they were trying to do.

  16. The haters never disappoint on this site. Can anyone look at the missed offsides call on the chargers first TD and the block in the back on the punt return TD and deny that these were blatantly bad calls that affected the outcome of the game?? Sure there were lots of opportunities for the Steelers to stop the chargers in the second half so the calls weren’t the deciding factor, but just try being objective! We all know the usual keyboard warriors who come out with their cries of “stealers”, “trippin Tomlin”, “ drama queen Ben” — we get it, you hate the Steelers (and with a few teams excepted, are likely envious of the Steelers sustained success), but objectively, really, you think you’d be cool with these exact calls going against your team in a game decided on a last second FG? Really?

  17. “Bet Bill was aware of te rule!!”
    ———————————

    This!!! Nobody knows the rules better than those who seek to avoid the rules and operate outside of them. The Patriots have demonstrated skill in this area over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over…

  18. Dudes had no time outs and were trying to block a FG. Didn’t seem like something undisciplined or shady. in the end, they couldn’t get it done and actually helped the guy out.

  19. Clearly the Chargers,
    Paid the Refs
    Bugged their locker room
    Stole a playbook
    Taped walkthroughs
    Taped practice
    Taped defensive signals from 30′ away from the legal zone
    Messed with the injury report
    Might have known that some guy never let air out of footballs b/c he texted the word deflator 7 months prior during the offseason.

    and my favorite,

    Piped the Charger fight song into Tomlin’s headset

    Did I miss any of the stock excuses for Steeler losses? I’d like to be able to say it’s just a few wacky Steeler fans (EVERY team has them) but the coach and many of the players set a bad example for the kiddos.

  20. @KCbosch watched a different game.

    If the refs could have just call an even game…

    I’m never one to blame anybody but the Steelers. BUT they should have “removed” Chargers scores, not added one!

    Obvious penalties:

    1). False start – TD throw.
    2). Block in back – TD run.

    Should have been:

    1) dead ball penalty and
    2) called back by penalty.

    Those are TWO scores (14 pts.) that should have never been.

    When Steelers hater Chris Collinsworth (ex-Bengal) points that out during the live broadcast, you know something is seriously wrong. This was the same officiating crew that had the Head Linesman FIRED, earlier in the year for the same thing.

  21. If the refs could have just call an even game.I’m never one to blame anybody but the Steelers. BUT they should have “removed” Chargers scores, not added one!

    Obvious penalties:
    1). False start – TD throw.
    2). Block in back – TD run.

    Should have been:
    1) dead ball penalty and
    2) called back by penalty.

    Those are TWO scores (14 pts.) that should have never been.

    When Steelers hater Collin-worth (Bengal) points that out during the live broadcast, you know something is seriously wrong. This was the same officiating crew that had the Head Linesman FIRED, earlier in the year for the same thing.

  22. The refs gave the Steelers every break in the book and still they couldn’t win the game. What team gets spotted 16 points at halftime through blown calls and then blows the whole game? I’ll give you a hint. It’s the team with the most undisciplined QB and offensive line in the league and a coach who is completely out to lunch during every game. I’m sure he was planning to run out there and trip the kicker on the fourth try. Heehaw!

  23. I actually thought on the first attempt that Haden was pretty close… much closer than the false start that was awarded as a TD.

  24. Not one person is saying anything about the Chargers center committing 3 snap infractions during the kick sequence. He is well known to twitch the ball and draw the offsides. Which he did in all 3 instances. So, for my money, the calls went the wrong way (AGAIN X 3) and the kick should have been moved back 15 years, thus sending the game in to OT with the expired clock.

    Just 3 more misses to add to the other 2 that gifted the Chargers 16 points.

  25. Steelers were outplayed, outcoached and deserved to lose.

    So what you are truly saying is you didn’t watch the game and are just summing up break room gossip….so much for the this troll.

  26. kcbosch says:
    December 3, 2018 at 11:16 pm
    No flags, first holding call on them was late third quarter.

    ——————————–

    Are you talking about that phantom holding call on Ramon Foster when the Steelers were about to put the game away after a huge run, the call that kept millions of west coast viewers from turning the game off in order to keep the ratings from tanking, that call? Just one of the multiple mysterious gifts the refs handed to the Chargers that game.

  27. steelercrazy says:
    December 4, 2018 at 11:25 am
    kcbosch says:
    December 3, 2018 at 11:16 pm
    No flags, first holding call on them was late third quarter.

    ——————————–

    Are you talking about that phantom holding call on Ramon Foster when the Steelers were about to put the game away after a huge run, the call that kept millions of west coast viewers from turning the game off in order to keep the ratings from tanking, that call? Just one of the multiple mysterious gifts the refs handed to the Chargers that game.


    Yeah, the NFL is sure out to get those Steelers. After the Bus Lombardi gifting these are what are known as make up calls.

  28. itsalwaysabout says:
    December 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    steelercrazy says:
    December 4, 2018 at 11:25 am
    kcbosch says:
    December 3, 2018 at 11:16 pm
    No flags, first holding call on them was late third quarter.

    ——————————–

    Are you talking about that phantom holding call on Ramon Foster when the Steelers were about to put the game away after a huge run, the call that kept millions of west coast viewers from turning the game off in order to keep the ratings from tanking, that call? Just one of the multiple mysterious gifts the refs handed to the Chargers that game.


    Yeah, the NFL is sure out to get those Steelers. After the Bus Lombardi gifting these are what are known as make up calls.

    ——————————-

    “Yeah, the NFL is sure out to get those Steelers.”

    Or more likely, trying to prop up an LA team that’s struggling to sell seats in its new stadium.

  29. Haden wasn’t across the line – that first FG was missed outright.

    The long snapper turned the ball after everyone was set –
    just before the snap- false start penalty.

    The officiating was horrific and led to at least a 20pt swing
    in that game.

    Chargers need to send a thank you note, and some gift certificates
    to the stripes officiating the game.

  30. So the Steelers can be penalized for committing the same penalty 3 times in a row. What about the Chargers center jiggeling the ball before the field goal snap. The Refs know he does that and I would believe the NFL knows about it. The Refs are as crooked and as enecpt as can be and so is the NFL. The Steelers are not the only team the Refs look the other way. This is sad. If the NFL would fire a few more Refs, Maybe it would stop. Something has to be done instead of them just saying I guess we missed it.

  31. Listen to these deluded fans and their endless whataboutism! The writer just said the refs COULD HAVE given the Chargers 3 points without kicking anything and the Steelers’ fans STILL act like they were cheated. The Chargers were cheated. They had to keep kicking field goals because the refs were doing everything all night to make the Steelers win. Of course, the Steelers shot themselves in the feet all night by blowing a 16 point lead. Yet, to the average numbskull Steelers’ fan, it was the refs’ fault. GIVE ME A BREAK!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!