Pittsburgh Steelers

There Are 18 Seconds Missing From The Steelers/Chargers Game That Someone Might Want To Find

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 12.31.03 AMThank goodness Le’Veon Bell scored on a touchdown run as the clock expired during Monday Night Football’s crazy finish between Pittsburgh and San Diego.

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.

Hmmm…

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:

SteelersClockNow, let’s take a look at some photos for confirmation…

PHOTO #1 – The Touchback:

SteelersClock1Photo #2 – Michael Vick Runs Onto Field (And The Clock Is Still Running):

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 12.31.03 AMPhoto #3 – Michael Vick Is Still Running (And The Clock Is Still Ticking):

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 12.31.06 AMPhoto #4 – Michael Vick Is Finally In The Huddle (And The Clock Is Still Ticking):

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 12.31.16 AMPhoto #5 – Ok, Let’s Play Some Football (And The Clock Finally Stops):

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 12.31.23 AMHere is one more look but this time, with video:

Oh boy.

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.

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