After San Diego broke a 17-17 tie to grab a three-point lead, the Chargers kicked off for a touchback with 2:56 left to go. Then, a bizarre thing happened. The Steelers took their initial snap on the game-winning drive with 2:38 left.
Watching the TV coverage shows Michael Vick on the field and the clock is still ticking.
Let’s review, shall we?
Here is the written play-by-play description of what happened:
PHOTO #1 – The Touchback:
Here’s the thing.
If Pittsburgh lost the game, it would have been the second straight Monday night game with a major officiating gaffe that potentially altered a game. Yet, Bell touchdown aside, it’s still a big problem.
These are the type of mistakes that are made during a preseason game…or (gasp) by replacement officials.
The clock operator and/or the officials definitely missed the boat.