Chiefs dispute missed field goal, refs deny team's challenge

10/19/2008 - NFL Nick Novak Kansas City Chiefs + more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs lost a possible field goal in the second quarter against Tennessee on Sunday, when the officials ruled the kick no good and wouldn't allow a challenge.

With the Chiefs trailing 10-0 early in the quarter, kicker Nick Novak thought he had curled a 49-field goal inside the left upright. But the officials standing up the goal posts ruled the kick no good, leading to boos from the fans in Arrowhead Stadium and arguments from the Chiefs.

Kansas City coach Herm Edwards threw the red replay flag to dispute the call, but was told by referee Gene Steratore that only field goals crossing below the top of the goal posts are reviewable. Television replays appeared to show the kick curl just inside the upright, but above the top of the post.

Novak stomped around the sideline after hearing the ruling and holder Dustin Colquitt slammed his helmet to the ground.