Mike Pereira Takes Issue With Fake Punt Forward Progress Ruling In Chiefs-Chargers Game

Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira has now made his thoughts known on the overtime call made by the officials during the late game fake punt between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

On the play, the officials declared that the forward progress of safety Eric Weddle had been stopped prior to the football being ripped from his arms by a Chiefs defensive player. The spot of the ball gave the Chargers a first down and the drive culminated in a field goal, which eventually won the game.

“In KC/SD game, Linesman ruled that progress was stopped at the 30 before the helmet came off or the ball came loose. I don’t agree,” wrote Pereira on Twitter.

Pereira did not stop there, however.

“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. The reason I say progress was not stopped is the surge of the pile is going forward. Teammate is pushing runner forward.”

Pereira promises to cover this play Monday on Fox Sports Daily.

In addition to the above, Weddle lost his helmet on the play, but that wasn’t addressed by referee Bill Leavy.

Forward progress isn’t reviewable; a helmet coming off is and it will be interesting to see how this plays out. It won’t help the Pittsburgh Steelers, however.

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    It Should help the Steelers though. Fucking Leavy cost us.

  • Jason Armes

    No, we cost us by loosing to miami, oakland, titans, etc..

  • Mac

    The missed field goal was also botched by refs. New rule states that defending team can only have a max of six defenders to one side of the snapper. SD clearly had eight players on one side of snapper, which should have resulted in a 5 yard penalty and rekick. Just saying.

  • RJ

    Wow! This is the first I’ve seen of this play. Definitely a missed call.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Steelers in the play offs did not fit NFL’s storyboard for this season.

  • Eat2surf

    I live 30 miles from where the game was played… watched it unfold.. laughed at how the Chargers had blown it… and am baffled at how that type of call can be made and even more baffled at how that type of call goes without a review… Bush League is what it is.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Steelers got screwed by refs

  • Brendon Glad

    They had to take six teams. So if you and the 16 people who gave u a thumbs up actually think SD deserved it more than pittsburgh after that display of ineptitude and game fixing then you must not have seen the chargers much. And definitely not yesterday.

  • 2443scott

    man you watch that and you see 57 standing up you see 32 behind him standing up with his arms around 57 waist then 57 strips ball and 32 takes it from his arms for a td the ref at top of the plays walking in to line like ok its just another push the line across for the first then he sees cheifs strip ball and runs with the 32 …now how cant there be a review on a change of procession ..only whistle blown was the one the nfl uses to change games that goodels crews use …i never liked leavy or his crew because if your going to get the short end of the stick in a game it come from him and his …they expect teams and players to know rules and stick a stick in the eye of them if any one who disagrees with them ….but year after year the nfl and refs dont even know there own back room make up a rule as we go along secrets

  • 20Stoney

    I heard that same grand collusion theory from Seattle fans after the Super Bowl.

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  • Josh Burns

    If forward progress didn’t happen, then neither did the first down. You can’t give him forward progress without allowing the play to continue.

  • Betz Smiff

    Agree Brendon…..although the Steelers basically let the season get away from them in September they still deserved the chance to make the playoffs due to the inept play of the other AFC teams…this call was blown by the officials in more than one facet, helmet appears off BEFORE the line to gain AND forward progress was not stopped prior to the ball coming out (not to mention the possible infraction on the missed FG). Though I just think it was just another case of bad officiating in the NFL, It sure appears that there was an effort by the league to keep the Steelers out of the playoffs. They tried to do it in GB last week but the Packers screwed that up. Not sure what they would have done once there but you gotta get in to win so we will never know. Bottom line is I think all the talk of the Steelers losing draft picks for Tomlin’s “blunder” is over, the league should be giving some compensatory picks to them to make up for yet another “blunder’ of their own.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Difference being is that a former head of NFL referees is stating that the refs blew two separate calls against the Chiefs – either of which would have won the game.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I’ll say it again as a die-hard Steeler, the reason we did not make it was those horrible losses we had to some of the worst teams. San Diego doesn’t deserve to be in he playoffs since they couldn’t beat 19 second string guys on KC. That’s poor. But we don’t deserve to be in at 8-8 period.

    Glad we did not have a losing season again, glad Baltimore is out of it, now lets work on fixing that defense and special teams.

  • 20Stoney

    There’s no doubt that calls were blown in both games. I choose to believe that calls are simply blown and it’s not more than that. If I get the the point that I think the league is deciding who should win and lose, I’ll pay as much attention to football as I do to professional wrestling.

  • Jon Crissinger

    I’ve got land that could be had on your own private island for only $1000.

  • 20Stoney

    Jon Crissinger, if you believe the NFL powers that be dictate who wins the games, that’s fine. Maybe they do. I just don’t think you can have it both ways. You can’t say it was just bad officiating when it benefits the Steelers and turn around and say it’s a conspiracy when it goes against them. Is the “Bettis Bowl” in question in your mind?

  • Jon Crissinger

    Not that they dictate who wins, but they do try and help certain teams. Money talks. And yes I do believe they tried to help Pittsburgh win in the “Bettis Bowl”. Pitt was a 6th seed and the bettor payout was huge for Pitt winning.

  • CW

    Can’t wait for the refs to award Le’ Veon Bell with that TD in the Ravens Steelers game then if forward progress doesn’t stop the moment the helmet comes off…

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  • Rick Rogers

    The San Diego/Kansas City result was a farce. But it will pan out as a positive for the Steelers in the coming years. Why? The team got better as the season progressed, but was not a Super Bowl contender IMO. You can’t lose to Minn., Tenn., Oakland and Miami — at home in the snow — and be considered a top team. For Steeler Nation merely making the playoffs is not good enough. Better to get the 15th draft pick and get ready for next year. There is much to look forward to.

  • bearfoot

    BTW, I hope all you all Steeler fans understand that the ref Levy, is the same dude who gave you the SB. I guess now you folks might understand how the Seahawk fans felt. The real reason your team missed the playoffs is 0 – 4 to start.

  • Matt450

    To those Steeler fans who simply cannot stop crying like someone just stole their favorite yellow snot rag…get over it already! You’re an 8-8 team. 8-8 is 500 and 500 is MEDIOCRE. Where was your righteous indignation when this EXACT SAME officiating crew GIFTED you a superbowl you probably should’ve lost vs. the Seahawks…you were gifted a ring, and denied a playoff birth…you still come out ahead…as the Steelers usually do…Pittsburgh fans crying about unfair treatment is like the spoiled brat from Willy Wonka crying because she’s never been told no before…and my response is the same…”the writers need to hurry up and kill her off, because no one wants to hear her of all people, bitch about how unfair things are.” Piss and moan all you like, not the officials fault you started 0-4. I for one would much rather watch Rivers and the re-vamped SD offense over another Steeler team limping along, with a banged up Big Ben, and zero offensive firepower, failing to realize that it was time to rebuild that team two years ago. You pummeled Cleveland and you think that somehow means you’re the better of the two teams? SD beat Denver in Denver, KC (the starters) in KC…The Colts, the Eagles in Philly…those are 4 victories against playoff teams right there, 3 of which were on the road…however they got there they finished 9-7= they deserve it MORE than you do. Thanks for playing, better luck next season.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Sure, SD is a powerhouse. They couldn’t beat KC’s second string without the refs help. That’s real impressive.

  • Matt450

    and you couldn’t beat the Seahawks without those SAME refs helping you out…does that mean you don’t get credit for that last superbowl ring? NO. A win is a win is a win…however you get it…its a results oriented league…did the bolts get lucky yesterday? of course! Does it matter? of course not! The result is what matters…and the result is…. unfortunately for you pouting, temper tantrum throwing steeler fan…a ticket home to freezing ass Pittsburgh for the post season tourney…better luck next season.