This is not going to make Chicago Bears players, coaches, or the fan base any happier.
According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, members of the league’s officiating department admitted that at least terrible calls that were made against the Bears during their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Members of the NFL’s officiating department privately acknowledged that officials erred on at least three critical calls and non-calls that went against the Bears on Monday night,” he reported.
From the report:
“But privately, members of the NFL’s officiating department who reviewed the game acknowledged that referee Tony Corrente and his crew erred on at least three separate critical calls and non-calls that went against Chicago in that 29-27 loss — including a low block penalty on the Bears that nullified a Justin Fields touchdown pass, sources familiar with the league’s thinking said.
Officials also missed multiple penalties by the Steelers, including a late hit on Fields that would’ve given the Bears first-and-goal on the same third-quarter drive and offsides by multiple Steelers on Cairo Santos’ 65-yard field goal attempt that fell short as time expired.”
The worst of the calls was clearly the low-block on James Daniels where it negated a touchdown throw by Fields to Jimmy Graham and greatly affected the game. The Bears were down 14-3 and held to a mere field goal to make the score 14-6. If that touchdown stands, the outcome of the game is changed.
Basically, the Bears got screwed out of a victory.