Man seeks injunction, claims Chargers shouldn't be in playoffs

A missed field goal by Ryan Succop has led to the request of an emergency injunction by a Steelers fan. (USATSI)
A missed field goal by Ryan Succop has led to the request of an emergency injunction. (USATSI)

Most Pittsburgh Steelers fans were pretty upset with the the way the NFL season ended. Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop missed a 41-yard field with four seconds left against the Chargers that would have given the Chiefs the win and sent the Steelers to the playoffs. 

Even worse, the Chargers should've been flagged for illegal alignment on the kick. If officials had called the penalty, Succop would have had another kick, but this time, from five-yards closer. 

One Steelers fan was so upset with the entire situation that he decided to file a motion in Pennsylvania court saying the Chargers shouldn't be in the playoffs. The man is seeking a 'temporary emergency injunction' calling for the NFL to suspend the playoffs for seven-to-10 days so that this issue can be resolved. The man says the officials were 'negligent' and 'fraudulent' when they missed the call.

The injunction was filed last week, according to the Baltimore Sun, but the man is in jail and had to file the injunction using inmate mail through the Pennsylvania corrections department, which may explain why the injunction didn't come to light until Wednesday.

The man also has an issue with the fact that a Chiefs touchdown was called back in overtime. Eric Weddle lost the ball on a fake punt and the Chiefs returned it for an apparent touchdown, but referee Bill Leavy ruled that Weddle's forward progression had stopped. In his injunction, the man calls this 'unconstitutional.'

To rectify the situation involving the Steelers and Chargers, the man suggests letting Succop re-kick the field goal or possibly letting the two teams play on a neutral field to see who gets the playoff berth. 

The Bengals probably wouldn't mind letting this injunction play out and then taking on the winner of the Steelers-Chargers game.

If you'd like to read the entire injunction, you can do that here. Also, as the Baltimore Sun notes, the man has not submitted a filing fee or requested a waiver.

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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