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.