The Chiefs had nothing to play for Sunday, but despite that they were a missed kick away from sending the Steelers to the postseason, but it was not to be.
Ryan Succop missed a 41-yard field goal with seconds left in regulation that would have won it for the Chiefs, and in the end the Chargers did enough to pull out a 27-24 OT win.
The win will set up a Chargers matchup with the Bengals next weekend in the wild card game, and ends the season for the 8-8 Steelers, who only have themselves to blame for not doing enough to make the playoffs.
The Steelers would have joined the 1992 Chargers as just the second team in NFL history to make the playoffs after an 0-4 start to the season.
Earlier in the day, the chips fell the Steelers way after the Dolphins lost at home to the Jets, and the Ravens fell to the Bengals, knocking both teams out of the playoffs.
Kansas City sat just about every starter they could in the game, but still had a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter, and had a shot to win it until Succop pushed what would have been a game winning kick wide right.
It’s a tough way for a season to end, but as stated before, the black and gold only have themselves to blame for the way the year started, and for the lapses that in the end cost them a playoff birth.