By John Shumway

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Steelers’ 2013 season came to an end during a crazy day of football on Sunday.

Heading into Week 17, the Steelers needed the following to happen:

  • Beat the Browns
  • Miami lose to the Jets
  • Baltimore lose to the Bengals
  • San Diego lose to the Chiefs

The first three items on that list all happened in the early afternoon games. All that remained was for the Chiefs to knock off the Chargers and the Steelers would punch an improbable ticket to the playoffs.

In the dying seconds of regulation and the score tied 24-24, Kansas City’s Ryan Succop trotted onto the field, staring down a 41-yarder that likely would have won the game.

However, Succop’s kick sailed just wide of the goal post and the Chargers would go on to win in overtime.

Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about some controversial calls or blown calls in that contest, which directly impacted their playoff hopes.

During his press conference Monday, Tomlin said he is not about to start commenting or complaining about things that happened in other stadiums on Sunday.

Tomin said they went into 16 stadiums this season, but came up short.

“We didn’t state a strong enough case,” he said.

He went on to say that the Steelers made their own bed and will lay in it with professionalism.

However, he took time to thank the best fans in the world and cited the following in London as an example of how they support the black and gold.

Tomlin said he doesn’t take the support for granted and that it never gets old.


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