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KANSAS CITY Mecole Hardman Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs went into their regular-season finale with a lot riding on the outcome.Beat the Raiders and they would have their third consecutive AFC West championship and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, not to mention home-field advantage throughout. Lose to their longtime division rivals and risk falling to the No. 5 seed as a wild-card team with a much more difficult road to Atlanta.But the biggest takeaway from the Chiefs’ victory over Oakland last Sunday was this: That top seed in the AFC means a first-round bye, and a much-needed opportunity to get some big stars healthy.Star safety Eric Berry had a recurrence last week of the heel pain that kept him out most of the season, sidelining him against the Raiders. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins remained out with a foot injury, running back Spencer Ware was sidelined by a hamstring problem, right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif spent his first week on the practice field after a broken leg landed him on injured reserve.With a week off, there’s a chance all of them could be ready for the playoffs.“We will have to see throughout the next week here just exactly how that goes,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said this week. “Let’s just see how it plays out and how the guys do. I’m sure some of them will be through the following week, too, as far as the game week goes. We will just have to see how it all goes.”Berry missed all of last season after tearing his Achilles’ tendon, then had his heel act up early in training camp. He didn’t hit the practice field until midway through the season, and didn’t make his debut until Week 15, when the Chiefs lost to the Chargers in a game he played about a half.He played more the following week against the Seahawks, slowly ramping up his activity level, and was starting to resemble the three-time All-Pro of old when he experienced a setback in practice.Now, Berry may be the biggest wild card for the Chiefs heading into the playoffs.On the other side of the ball, the Chiefs have continued to score at a record pace despite losing a series of crucial players. Watkins hasn’t played a full game since getting hurt in early November, Ware has been slowed the last few weeks and Duvernay-Tardif has been on IR since Week 5.The Chiefs are confident Ware will be able to go, an important piece ever since they swiftly cut ties with Kareem Hunt following a series of off-field issues midway through the season. Damien Williams played so well in relief that he earned a contract extension last week Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys Stitched, but journeyman Darrel Williams and longtime backup Charcandrick West are the only other running backs on the roster.In other words, getting Ware back provides not only another playmaker but adds some needed depth.Watkins was starting to show why the Chiefs signed him to a $36 million, three-year contract this past offseason when his foot injury occurred. The Chiefs have used a rotation of players to cover for him, and there was enough concern about his returning that they signed Kelvin Benjamin to help.Demarcus Robinson has been perhaps the biggest bright spot since Watkins has been out, but the Chiefs getting their No. 2 wide receiver back for the playoffs would only help the league’s highest-scoring offense.It would also take some of the pressure off wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce.As for Duvernay-Tardif, the Chiefs have shuffled offensive linemen throughout the season as injuries have piled up, even signing former starter Jeff Allen to provide some help. But they’re finally healthy across the board, and that means Duvernay-Tardif can take his time working back up to speed.He had a three-week window after coming off IR before the Chiefs must decide whether to active him, and adding one of the league’s best run blockers back to the mix would be a welcome addition.“He has another couple weeks of flexibility with that. He went through practice last week. We will keep him coming on that,” Reid said. “There are certain things he can do well and other things that he still is working through. We will see how that goes.”As the top-seeded Chiefs spend this week getting healthy, they also will begin preparations for their divisional opponent. They’ll face the lowest remaining seed among the Colts, Ravens or Chargers, and the only team they haven’t faced this season is Indianapolis.They beat the Ravens and split with the Chargers, each team winning on the road.“I always feel like there is a bulls-eye every week,” Reid said, “and that’s OK. That’s the way you want it. We’ve earned the right to be in this position and it’s important you handle it the right way. I know I have a good locker room and they’ll handle it right and the coaches will handle it the right way.” More than a few Kansas City Chiefs fans were scratching their heads at this one.Just before the end of the first half in Sunday’s 37-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns, the Chiefs were penalized for intentional grounding when Patrick Mahomes spiked the ball the stop the clock.At first glance, this defied all common sense.We’ve seen it hundreds of times.The quarterback spikes the ball.The clock stops because there are less than five minutes remaining in the half, and it’s an incomplete pass.The team gives up a down in exchange for stopping the clock.So how could this have been intentional grounding?If you were watching on TV Mecole Hardman black jersey, this was further confused by the commentators initially thinking that the penalty was called because Mahomes snapped the ball before the officials were ready.Nor did it help that nobody in the booth had ever seen anything like it.And if you were there in person, you’re probably still trying to figure it out.So let’s break it down.With 14 seconds remaining in the half, the Chiefs are at their own 35-yard line.They have one timeout left.The Chiefs’ intent is clear: leading 21-15, they want to get at least a field goal on the board before the half.So if possible, they need to hang on to their last timeout, so they can use it to stop the clock and get the field goal team on the field.Mahomes completes a 23-yard pass to Chris Conley near the right hash mark at the Cleveland 42. From that spot, it will be a 59-yard field goal for Harrison Butker.Conley is tackled on the field, and there are just nine seconds left.Normally, the Chiefs would use their final timeout to stop the clock, and then decide if they should try a field goal from there, or run a play to the sideline and get out of bounds, getting a few yards closer to the goal posts for the try.But the clock is already stopped because there is a flag on the play.To their credit, the Chiefs realize that Cleveland’s Myles Garrett has jumped offsides, and they don’t need to use their timeout; Garrett has essentially gifted them a timeout.The penalty is declined, and the Chiefs line up for the next play.The play clock is running, but the game clock is not; it won’t start until the ball is snapped.When the ball is snapped, Mahomes spikes the ball, giving up the down and taking one second off the clock. There’s no way to characterize this as anything but a mental mistake by Mahomes.There’s no need to stop the game clock because it is already stopped.So it was clearly a mistake.But was it intentional grounding?No.And yes.The NFL rulebook says that it is intentional grounding to throw a pass to the ground with no obvious receiver nearby when a quarterback is “facing an imminent loss of yardage because of pressure from the defense.”Obviously, that wasn’t the case here.But the rulebook also says that a quarterback may only spike the ball “to stop a running game clock.”So while the spike wasn’t intentional grounding per se Mecole Hardman Jersey Mens, it was still in violation of the rules.And as sometimes happens in these situations — where referees have to call some kind of penalty on a play that falls in a gray area between two rules — they picked one to enforce.And that penalty calls for 10 yards, a loss of down — and when it occurs past the two-minute warning, a 10-second runoff.It would have ended the half right then and there, but Andy Reid wisely reminded the officials that the Chiefs had the option to give up a timeout instead of the 10 seconds.So play continued.Photo by Jason Miller/Getty ImagesStill, in the immediate aftermath, it mystified Chiefs coach Andy Reid.“Listen, I take pride in knowing the rules, and this one must have been in the archives,” he said after the game. “Whoever created it, I need to talk to him. I’m not sure I understand the logic behind it. [Line Judge] Mark [Steinkerchner] would know it, he’s been around, he did our Super Bowl game a long time ago, and he’s a pretty sharp guy.But he pulled that one out of left field on me.”But despite what you may have heard, it has happened before.In a 2016 Monday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo spiked the ball because their field goal kicker Dan Carpenter had been injured on a field goal attempt.Since the injury occurred with less than two minutes remaining, the Bills were charged with an injury timeout, and by rule, Carpenter had to leave the field for at least one play.So the Bills spiked the ball on a stopped clock, so that Carpenter could come back on the field and try again.No intentional grounding penalty was called on the Bills.But it’s easy to see why there should have been some kind of penalty Mecole Hardman Jersey Cheap, because the Bills essentially skirted the rules.It would be reasonable to think that after the 2016 game, NFL referees were instructed that in such a situation, teams should be penalized.So if Sunday's game was a situation where the referees just picked a penalty to enforce, they probably did it at the direction of the league.We could argue that the NFL should have an “impermissible spike” rule with a different penalty to be assessed — maybe just five yards, for example.Or we could argue that it shouldn’t be a penalty at all.If teams make this mistake, they’re already giving up a down and a second of game clock time in a situation where — by definition — both of those are critical losses.But as we see in the case of the 2016 game, there is potential for abuse in a spike play.For example… if there’s no penalty for a spike when the game clock is stopped, what would stop a quarterback — with no timeouts available — from spiking the ball when he sees that the opposing defense is lined up in a way that will crush the offensive play that’s been called?That’s just one example that occurs to me.There are undoubtedly others.In the final analysis, Mahomes just made a mistake.As it turned out, it wasn’t a very costly one.The Chiefs still won the game easily.And Mahomes is unlikely to ever make that mistake again.Note: After this article was published, I received an e-mail from a reader who pointed out a reference in the casebook section of the official 2018 NFL rules. The casebook has 93 pages of examples to help officials know how to interpret the rules in specific game situations. Think of it this way: the NFL rulebook is the law (voted on by the owners), but the casebook shows how the NFL’s head of officiating thinks the law should be interpreted — the same way Congress writes laws, and the Supreme Court decides how those laws should be interpreted.Here’s the reference, which is A.R. 8.90 on page 38 of the casebook:You can check it out for yourself here:2018 NFL Rule BookMany thanks to Neil for providing this reference.In his e-mail, Neil also said this:



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