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#pounditThursday, May 13, 2021

Referees somehow miss obvious false start by Chargers on touchdown

Chargers false start

The officials in Sunday night’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Los Angeles Chargers game missed a false start penalty by miles, and it cost the Steelers dearly.

Chargers right tackle Sam Tevi committed a clear false start on a first down play at the Pittsburgh 46 late in the first quarter. Everyone was expecting a flag, but none was thrown. The Chargers ended up throwing a 46-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Travis Benjamin.

False starts are not reviewable, so the Chargers caught a huge break, while the Steelers were left livid over the blown call.

We’d say we’ve never seen such a thing, but we actually have. The refs missed a false start by the Chargers in an October game against the Browns that also went for a touchdown. The official who missed the call ended up fired.


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