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Chiefs penalized for excessive celebration on touchdown that didn’t count

The 1-7 Kansas City Chiefs were penalized in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night for excessive celebration on a touchdown that didn’t end up counting. I didn’t even know that was possible.

The Steelers had a third-and-seven play from their 26 during the third quarter when backup quarterback Byron Leftwich had the ball come out of his hand as his arm was finishing a throwing motion. Linebacker Justin Houston recovered the ball and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown. The real fun happened when Houston began swaying back and forth in a celebration. He was surrounded by his teammates who formed a little dance circle and joined in on the fun.

Unfortunately for the lowly Chiefs, the scoring play was reviewed and overturned because it was deemed an incomplete pass rather than a fumble. That reversal didn’t stop the referees from penalizing Kansas City 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, which gave Pittsburgh a first down at the 41.

That’s the sort of thing that really only happens to 1-7 teams. On the bright side, Kansas City finally claimed its first lead during regulation of a game. It only took them until Week 10. Congrats fellas!

And on a previous play in the third quarter, Dwayne Bowe took a pass to the end zone and showed the ball to the defender in a taunting move. That play came back because of a holding call, but could have easily been penalized as well.

The Kansas City Chiefs: much better at celebrations than actually getting the ball into the end zone.



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  • SpinMax

    The team should suspend every one of them for a game

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5DFOMBXS6YSV54R23FT3PWDBQM yahoo-5DFOMBXS6YSV54R23FT3PWDBQM

    Suspend the refs… We are not blind NFL. Bogus calls in this game bogus calls in the Bills game. Go NFL favs.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LLU5GU6AA5N2DMGJXHUHCSYX34 yahoo-LLU5GU6AA5N2DMGJXHUHCSYX34

    oh cmon..the Steelers…..NFL favs , really? 

    did you not see the Steeler / Giants game???

  • http://www.facebook.com/shane.conger.7 Shane Conger

    The ball was not knocked out of his hand, if you don’t know something then don’t write about it.

  • hbradish

    when backup quarterback Byron Leftwich had the ball knocked out of his handI quit reading after this one line of B.S. This is why people are so fed up with so-called reporters.
    No one knocked the ball out of his hand. 
    Did this hack even watch the game or is he just “mailing it in?”  

  • http://twitter.com/geno8640 gene hayes

    Chiefs  players are a disgrace .  after watching the celebrations by a bunch of losers, i wanted to vomit !  Say what you want about Todd Haley,  he would not have put up with this  crap !