How does ruling affect fantasy football?

The controversial end to Sunday’s Chargers-Steelers game likely had an effect on all fantasy football leagues.

The play in question occurred when Steelers safety Troy Polamalu returned a loose ball for a defensive touchdown on the game’s final play. But after an instant-replay review and a huddled conversation by the officiating crew, the call was reversed and the touchdown was taken away because of an illegal forward pass by San Diego.

The NFL admitted on Monday that the reversal was a mistake, and the touchdown should have counted. If the situation had been properly called, the Steelers would likely have declined the penalty for an illegal forward pass and taken the touchdown.

That means the forced fumble, the recovered fumble and the touchdown would have counted. And the ensuing extra point that was never kicked would have counted, too.

The play should have given both Polamalu (in IDP leagues) and the Steelers DST as many as 8-10 additional fantasy points. It would have also affected the Chargers DST, which would have allowed 18 points instead of 11. And Steelers kicker Jeff Reed would have had an additional point with the PAT.

The problem here is that the final score of the game will remain Steelers 11, Chargers 10. How the final score ends up in your league is up to you.

You can create a poll in NFL.com’s League Manager to see what members in your league think about the ruling. If the Polamalu play does affect the outcome of a particular game within your league, be democratic about the situation and take a vote for or against the play counting in the final score.

Commissioners in League Manager have the ability go into the commissioner tools and alter the points to reflect that final league ruling.

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