Yael T. Abouhalkah

Two blown calls in Chiefs game have Pittsburgh fans seeing red

Updated: 2014-01-01T23:32:44Z

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The Kansas City Star

Sure, some Kansas City Chiefs fans were outraged that the referees blew two calls late in Sunday’s game against San Diego, essentially giving the Chargers a chance to win 27-24 in overtime.

But in Pittsburgh, they are really mad today.

As the day goes on, expect more reaction like this — from Bob Smizik in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — outlining how the referees bungled their job in Sunday’s game.

If that hadn’t happened — if the Chiefs had won on either one of the blown calls — the Steelers would be in the playoffs against the Cincinnati Bengals, not the Chargers.

And on Monday morning, the National Football League had to concede the referees made a mistake on at least one of the calls.

It came in the dying seconds of the game, when the Chargers’ defense had an illegal formation on a play in which Chiefs’ kicker Ryan Succop missed a potentially game-winning field goal.

Here’s what ESPN is reporting on that kick.

Of course, Chargers fans will point out that refs make mistakes all the time.

And even Pittsburgh fans need to realize that starting the season 0-4 — as the Steelers did — isn’t the best way to put yourself in position to grab a last-minute playoff spot.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/YaelTAbouhalkah.

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