A Steelers fan in the Pennsylvania corrections department has filed a handwritten lawsuit against the NFL in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to seek a “temporary emergency injunction” for the playoffs on the grounds that the Steelers should be in the playoffs instead of the San Diego Chargers.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Daniel L. Spuck of Mercer, Pa., filed the motion “on the basis that the Chargers should not have been in the postseason because of a missed call in the Week 17 game between San Diego and Kansas City.”
The Sun reported that “online court records, which show that the suit was filed via inmate mail from the Pennsylvania corrections department, say the plaintiff has not submitted a filing fee or requested a waiver.”
The Steelers missed the playoffs when NFL officials failed to call a penalty on the Chargers during the final week of the regular season. The Chargers, in violation of league rules, had seven players on one side of the line of scrimmage while Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop was lining up for a field goal. Succop missed the field goal that would have sent the Steelers to the playoffs, but he should have gotten another field goal after a five-yard penalty, which was never called. The NFL admitted that its officials erred the next day.
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