Chiefs vs. Chargers final score: Steelers out of postseason after San Diego overtime win

Stephen Dunn

Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed a field goal at the end of regulation, and the Chargers had a helmet-benefitted non-fumble lead them to the postseason. Pittsburgh is eliminated at 8-8.

San Diego advances to the wild card round of the AFC Playoffs with a 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City's back-ups in Week 17. The loss eliminates Pittsburgh from the postseason, while San Diego will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals next week.

Officials called safety Eric Weddle down despite no whistle having been blown on a fake punt in overtime. Weddle fumbled, and it appeared his fumble came before a player's helmet came off. Officials said the play was over after that, despite Kansas City having returned the fumble for what would have been a game-winning field goal.

The Steelers' longshot at the postseason ends. They clinch their 10th consecutive non-losing season, and winning their final two games, positive momentum can be built toward 2014.

The playoffs are set, and few Sundays are as wild as the one Pittsburgh fans just underwent.

We'll likely be talking about this for a long time, and certainly every time the NFL's rule ending play when a helmet comes off.

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