NFL Admits Mistake Made On FG No-Call

The NFL didn’t even wait 24 hours to admit the officiating crew of referee Bill Leavy had missed an important call on Ryan Succop’s field goal attempt late in regulation time.

Here’s what the league’s statement said:

“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 rule (Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3) was adopted this year as a player safety measure. 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.”

There has been no word yet from the league office on their thoughts about the forward progress call on the Chargers fake punt in overtime. On the play, the ball clearly came out of the grasp of San Diego’s Eric Weddle while the pile of players was still in movement. Chiefs RB Cyrus Gray ended up with the ball and ran to the end zone.

But Leavy ruled the runner’s forward progress had been stopped. It’s a non-reviewable play.

One Response to “NFL Admits Mistake Made On FG No-Call”

  • December 30, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    Surely this will be the end of Lazy old Leavy who can’t keep up on the rules. His incompetent crew should be broken up and/or released.

    We should know how the Steelers feel. Walt Coleman gave the raidas a 5th down at Arrowhead in ’99 that cost us the Playoffs.

    I hope Goodell follows through with his idea of moving replay to the NFL offices in NY. These incompetent overpaid refs need a baby-sitter to keep them from deciding games instead of the teams.

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