Monday Night Football Clock Error: Le’Veon Bell Saves NFL From Another Embarrassing Officiating Controversy (Video)
This week’s edition of Monday Night Football featured one hell of a dramatic finish. With five seconds remaining in the game and the Steelers trailing the Chargers by three points, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell took the ball in the wildcat formation on first and goal from the one and punched it into the endzone as time expired. Game over. Steelers 24, Chargers 20.
You want to know the really crazy thing, though? The conclusion to this game should not have been nearly so exciting.
After the Chargers kicked a field goal to take a 20-17 lead with just over three minutes left to play, the ensuing kickoff went through the Steelers’ endzone for a touchback. And when that happens, the clock is not supposed to start ticking. But in this case it did start ticking, and 18 seconds ran off the clocks without the referees, coaches, players, or broadcasters noticing. So instead of getting the ball back with 2:56 remaining, the Steelers got it back with 2:38 remaining.
Of course, people at home noticed, as did ESPN NFL producer Jason Vida:
Major clock error on kickoff. Steelers lost 24 seconds on a touchback. pic.twitter.com/ET9MOfgBGn
— Jason Vida (@jasonvida) October 13, 2015
Can you imagine the fallout if Le’Veon Bell had not scored that last touchdown, and the Steelers had lost because of a Monday Night Football clock error?
Also, send Le’Veon Bell a case of champagne along with a note that reads, “Thanks for saving our ass.”
Hat Tip – [ESPN]