Video: Mike Pereira Breaks Down Controversial Plays From Chargers-Chiefs Game

Not that you needed any more confirmation, but Mike Pereira, the former Vice President of Officiating for the NFL, was on Fox Sports Daily on Monday and after breaking down the two controversial plays at the end of the Sunday game between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs, he basically said that the Pittsburgh Steelers got screwed.

“So the Steeler Nation, you got the real short end of the stick in this game,” started Pereira . “Because even though they went 0-4 to start the season, because of this snafu, they still should have ended up in the playoffs.”

So what does this mean for referee Bill Leavy and the rest of his crew that called the game? Pereira thinks they will be reprimanded.

“They will suffer the consequences,” said Pereira. “Those officials that made those calls are likely not even going to make the playoff pool, so they will suffer the financial consequences of making the mistake and if they make those kinds of mistakes on a continual basis, they’ll get fired as officials do each year.”

On Monday, the NFL issued a statement acknowledging the missed call during the field goal attempt by the Chiefs at the end of regulation to win the game.

With 0:08 remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers, Kansas City faced a fourth-and-12 from the San Diego 23. The Chiefs attempted a 41-yard field that was no good.

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.

Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3 (b) (1) of the NFL Rule Book (page 51) states that “No more than six Team B players may be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper at the snap.”

The penalty for illegal formation by the defense is a loss of five yards. This is not subject to instant replay review. Had the penalty been assessed, it would have resulted in a fourth-and-seven from the San Diego 18 with 0:04 remaining, enabling the Chiefs to attempt a 36-yard field goal.

While this changes nothing as far as the Steelers are concerned, maybe Leavy will be fired at the end of the season.

  • Jon Crissinger

    I wish we hadn’t missed the playoffs on such a stupid game. I would feel much better right now if say Miami had just beat the Jets and knocked us out like that. The way we missed out is literally the thing I was dreading most as the game began. Only thing that could have been worse would have been missing the field goal as overtime expired to result in a tie.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I don’t think you can argue that the Steelers DESERVE to be in the playoffs, as no 8-8 team deserves to be there, but the reality is they SHOULD be there.

    I know many are saying, well you started 0-4 so why didn’t you just win one of those games? Did anyone talk about the fact that between weeks 9 and 13 the Chargers went 1-4?

    The reality is the KC game is being analyzed because it was the last game, a game whose outcome had it gone the other way would have changed WHO was playing in the playoffs.

    As a fan, I agree we should have handled this on our own, but to know that a blown call at the end of that game, that a different outcome of that game and we go to the playoffs, it is painful.

  • AndyR34

    Re: Leavy – one thing you know for sure…he knew that the Chargers winning would keep the Steelers out of the playoffs and he has already expressed regret for the Steeler-Seahawks SB result.

  • Gregg Huesman

    Maybe we should get our draft pick back, plus an extra one to boot. An apology just isn’t enough! Oh, and well said, Kenneth.

  • SG

    “Only thing that could have been worse would have been missing the field goal as overtime expired to result in a tie.”

    And that’s something the Charger coach should be taking heat for. Going for it on 4th down in your own in end, in OT, when all you need is a tie to make the playoffs was one of the craziest decisions I’ve ever seen from a coach. The refs bailed him out, but man, that was a dumb decision.

  • Impact3697

    Hopefully this is enough to make the NFL decline from taking away one of our draft picks..

  • SG

    Leavy should have been fired after he pandered to the Seattle crowd.

  • Aric Brown

    Which stupid game are you referring to? The Steelers have beat themselves 2 or 3 times a year for the past decade. While the missed call is infuriating, the missed call is not what kept us from another postseason run.

  • Dan

    I’ll probably get bashed for this, but I think it’s a good thing that the league acknowledges some of the mistakes that the refs make. We have to accept human error in the process unless we want 4 hour games were everything is reviewed. In general I think the quality of officiating is often high and we have occassionally benefit from bad calls (I’d say a good 4% of bad calls favor us).
    In this case I think the no-fumble call was a more agregious error, but the illegal formation is a more black and white one. Other than calling the play dead due to the helmut coming off, I can’t imagine anyway to view that as a stop of forward progress.

  • 2443scott

    nfl can say what ever they want and take few bucks from these refs ..but what of the players who may be in there last year of football …no one will know now if steelers made the playoffs if they could won it all and those guys could have had a superbowl to retire on …its oh sorry to many times from a nfl who slaps players and coaches with big fines and says you people make nfl look bad and time after time teams and players get the royal nfl shaft while they at nfl turn there back and walk away with a truck load cash and say sorry ….san deigo won game and knocked steelers out playoffs i can handle and take that if it was on a even playing field…but time after time i see refs make none calls or blow whistles no one hears ..what do these refs look at that they make so many mistakes that costs teams …time to get rid of the whistle where it stops a fair review of a change procession play …i am sure other miss calles or plain refs miscalles happened just not in that game but all over league ….thank you nfl for once again for makeing nfl look like a fool and giveing us fans a true look at the people you hire and the way you run league we now know who runes the so called –Integrity– of the game ……..

  • joed32

    I agree but the league hasn’t acknowledged anything yet, Mike works for Fox now. The league has been silent.

  • Rubem Dornas

    Does anyone remember the mess that was Steelers @ Giants last year? I was at this game and the referee was Leavy. He tried his best do prejudice the Steelers but we were stronger than him at that time.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah theyll be publicly reprimanded and privately sent on a luxury cruise courtesy of roger goodell.
    Just kidding, sort of. I think the more likely scenario is that bill leavey still feels the weight of the criticism he took in the 2005-6 superbowl… And chickened out.
    Btw…his “robbing” of seattle is annoyingly overblown. One holding call was very suspect….other than that, the PI was correct, ben DID cross the plane with the tip, and blah blah blah….Seattle’s persistent crying and whining probably caused this more than anything else.

  • Joe Wolter

    Ben himself said he didn’t think he got in on that TD dive but apparently you know better than the player Brendon. Seattle got jobbed in that Super Bowl

  • Curtis

    What did the replay determine.

  • Curtis

    I wanting to know how did they get illegal use of hands instead of PI on the final drive of the game which clearly would of been in field goal range.

  • Curtis

    Its funny because if a player, coach, or owner speaks out bout officiating they get fined but the Leavy apologize to a fan base about his so called mistake. Where was if punishment?

  • Curtis

    As much as I hate to admit it, bad call at the end of a game is the difference of a #1 & #2 remember the pass interference against the Pats, where the flag was picked up for a obvious PI. they would have same record as Denver 13-3 with Pats winning the head to head. But then again Browns got screwed last play of game on PI that shouldn’t of been called and caused them to lose that game against the Pats. Ratbirds seem to always get the PI calls. We done what we needed in the end only to have it stripped obviously bad call and send a team to the playoffs that shouldn’t be there really sucks.

  • Richard Cetrone

    How about the referees at least improving to the point where they are not the worst officials in all of sports. Because they absolutely are and Czar Goodell does nothing about it. What a joke.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Yeah, that one was questionable as well. Illegal contact is what was called. Here is how it typically is called…

    “Making significant contact with a receiver after the receiver has advanced five yards beyond the line of scrimmage. The illegal contact is called only if the quarterback is still in pocket and the ball is still in his hands.”

    There is NO WAY that contact happened with the QB still holding the ball….no way.

  • CrazyTerry

    So the ball is placed on the one inch line. Even replays can’t tell you for sure as all the ball has to do is break the plane of the inner boundary of the chalk line. With that OL and a younger Ben willing to QB sneak, I just can’t see a Bettis fumble thing happening oin the 4th down in 2 of 3 playoff games.

    That kind of spot is hardly a huge injustice. No game has super accurate spotting needed to overturn that call.

  • CrazyTerry

    The league acknowledged the FG one. But they failed to acknowledge the terrible decisions made by Leavy on the forward progress which was a much worse debacle because it involved more than one mistake by the refs – he should have at least allowed a replay of the spot and he never degtermined exactly when the helmet fell off(another stupid rule that needs to be modified in the offseason). If he went by forward progress, then why wasn’t the first pause in the surge before the 1st dsown marker ruled FP? When the fumble happened, the pile was still clearly moving.

  • Brendon Glad

    About 3 inches of ball crossed the front edge of the stripe, so apparently i do. Wouldnt be the first time Ben had a less-than full inderstanding of the rules. (See @oak 2013).