Prison inmate seeks to boot Chargers from playoffs

Jan. 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM
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PITTSBURGH, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania prison inmate filed a motion against the NFL challenging the San Diego Chargers' eligibility for the playoffs.

Daniel Spuck of Mercer, whose motion was filed via inmate mail from the Pennsylvania department of corrections, alleged in his U.S. District Court filing the Chargers should not have made it to the postseason due to a missed call in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs and he is seeking "a temporary emergency injunction" to stop the team from playing, the Baltimore Sun reported Thursday.

The motion alleges officials failed to call an illegal alignment formation against the Chargers, which would have allowed Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop to re-kick his missed 41-yard field goal attempt. A Chargers loss would have sent the Pittsburgh Steelers to the postseason as the wildcard team.

Spuck's motion suggests the court order the NFL to delay the playoffs to allow Succop to re-kick the field goal attempt or allow the Steelers to play the Chargers in a final game to determine who goes to the playoffs.

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