Steelers Loss Made Worse By Critical Non-Calls During Overtime


The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped their first game of the season on the road to the Bears; Chicago has historically been a terrible place for them to play, winning just one of 14 games now in the city. But this one was particularly ugly, and the worst part about it was the finish.

While the Steelers’ run defense has absolutely nothing to be proud of on the day, the fact must be addressed that the officials in overtime missed not just one, but two critical holding penalties on long runs by the Bears in the overtime period, the second of which was the game-winning touchdown on the opening possession.

By way of simplification, it goes without saying that there are many things the Steelers could have done to avoid putting themselves in this situation. The offense did not play well throughout most of the day, with Antonio Brown as usual the only consistent performer.

But given the way that the game ultimately came down, it is incredibly unfortunate that it had to end in such a fashion. It doesn’t mean that, had it not happened, the Steelers would have won. But at least they would have had an opportunity.

I’m not one to spend a lot of time harping on officiating, but those critical non-calls provided the difference in the game, so they need to be discussed. Chicago rattled off key plays of 36 yards—which nearly ended the game on a score all on its own—followed by the 19-yard game-winning run for a touchdown on plays on which clear holds by the offense directly enabled the play to unfold as it did.


On the second offensive play of overtime, running back Tarik Cohen was able to cut back a run to the right side and catch the sideline for 36 yards. The officials ruled that he stepped out of bounds at the 37-yard line; he otherwise would have scored.

The problem is that the officials missed a hold on cornerback Joe Haden, who was the perimeter backside defender on the play. Replay indisputably shows that the defensive back had his jersey held on to just two yards beyond the line of scrimmage, the blocker turning him and spinning him to the ground.

A couple of plays later, from the 19-yard line—admittedly with an18-yard run allowed in between—a Jordan Howard run off left tackle made it into the end zone to seal the victory for the home team, their first of the season.

And the only problem with this one is that Artie Burns was, again, indisputably held within the five-yard line. It can be reasonably argued that, had he not been held, he could have prevented a touchdown on the play, which would have kept the game alive.

So much about this game was ugly for the Steelers, most of it self-inflicted. But when the officiating has to play a role in the outcome as well, it is extremely unfortunate, to say the least.

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  • John Noh

    That was a totally blown call. I do not know how six refs missed that one.

  • Nolrog

    The refs may have blown calls, but the Steelers should never have been in OT to begin with. The Bears are an inferior team that we should have beaten easily. Let’s not lose sight of that fact.

  • 太阳三联

    I can’t wait for the film of this there was holds from the very beginning. Refs aided them heavily. We still have to tackle better cus they had some plays on us.

  • newguy68

    Two terrible calls that were not made. But the Steelers should NOT have been in that position to begin with

    PS: I think Howard’s knee was down on his fumble and i do not believe Cohen stepped out of bounds.

  • WARisHELL

    I blame Danny Smith for this loss. That kick doesn’t get blocked and it’s a W.

    Off with his head!

  • Chris92021

    And we still could not take advantage of those. That is the essence of true losers.

  • Chris92021

    That is what Mike Tomlin teams and Ben Roethlisberger offenses do. They are undisciplined and unfocused.

  • Rotten Sircus

    Hope we practice tackling this week cause the Bears ran all over us !!! Smfh

  • Rotten Sircus

    AGREED !!!

  • Sam Clonch

    Was screaming at the Haden no call. Horrible.

  • Tobi Ge

    it should never come to such situations!the much heralded offense constantly disappoints! then they have ONE or TWO massive games and they get hyped for half a year again!

  • John Mikita

    Tomlin sux I m siure he had something to do with staying in the locker room I hope the NFL fines them at least a 3 round pick

  • JT

    I know we’re inclined to see holds on our own defense, but I think in this case the general consensus agrees with us getting jobbed here. Feel like CBS did an awful job not calling out the refs with replays today. Poor calls all day long.

  • John Noh

    Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd WJ3 takes it to the house with a pick six. This day is getting lovelier by the minute.

  • NCSteel

    Officials were as bad as our offense and defense (and ST’s) today.
    For both sides.
    It was just bad.

  • John Mikita

    I hope they lose out

  • gentry_gee

    Spoken like a true whiner. The truth is the highly overrated offense sucks. I’ve seen enough. They telegraph all too often and play sloppy ball. With all that money tied up in the O, you have no choice but to start firing people. I’d start with Haley, then Tomlin.

  • AndreH

    We’ve been here before, just look back to last year and years past. This team is bound to put up one or two clunkers every year.

  • Edjhjr

    Won’t disagree. But this not a top echelon team. The offense, I said last week, it is compliment now to call average.

    This team appears to still be in summer training mode. But then ive seen this many times before.

    My grade for them today D plus. For showing up with their names on the shirts.

  • jl9744

    It sucks the game ended controversially but I won’t put any blame on the defense today for the loss. Two turnovers by the defense in Bears territory and we only capitalize with field goals? Not to mention the fact that the Bear WR’s only caught one pass…no more excuses for this offense. This offense needs to kick it into gear and fast or we won’t be enjoying home field advantage throughout the playoffs again this year.

  • Edjhjr

    I hope the don’t go out on the field next week and look like they are at practice

  • Edjhjr

    You got that right

  • Pat Knotts

    Karma is a bitch should have come out and played hard.

  • WreckIess

    I could get over the loss a lot easier if it wasn’t for that honestly. They make that call and we win in my mind. Glennon couldn’t do anything. The team might not have deserved to win, but I’ll take a win that we didn’t deserve over a loss that we did any day.

  • MexSteeler

    Ben, keeps trying to throw it downfield when he has guysbopen for sure first downs.

  • AndreH

    Maybe they got caught looking ahead to Baltimore…

  • John Mikita

    Maybe the the real call was how bad the Tomlin teams are really are he sux

  • Tobi Ge

    totally agree

  • SfSteeler

    THERES A FOUL ON EVERY PLAY,

    but these were SO obvious!

    including one or two obvious one handed PITT attempted long receptions because of hooking/PI!

  • John Mikita

    I hope this is bens last year

  • gdeuce

    then the team should play up to their potential next week

  • Kevin Artis

    We played so bad, I don’t want to hear about blown calls. For me, it would not have made a difference. We looked like straight garbage.

  • Chris92021

    How sad is that we can set our clocks by it?

  • David Donahoe

    Sore losers. Champions don’t whine and cry when they lose. There were blown calls on both sides. So suck it up and act like real men. Da Bears!

  • Ralph Wagner

    While watching the game I said the only way the Steelers would win this game, if the defense scored a touchdown. Haley and his offensive weapons aren’t getting the job done. Terrible to say the least.

    Go Steelers, good luck you will need it next week.

  • ThatGuy

    Puzzling that you would come onto a Steelers page for that comment.

  • John M.

    What a complete and total disgrace from the National Anthem to the game. Let’s be brutally honest. This offense is a total joke ( except AB). 30 points a game (hahahaha). Game planning (hahahaha). This is NO Steel Curtain as the announcers stated. Our run defense was pathetic. Bell held out for more money, he might want to try and earn what he is getting. Bryant continues to drop passes. Ben has been off nearly all season. Now here is the fun part…WE start with still having to play y NE, KC Houston, not to mention a much improved Ten and Jacksonville. If this is Ben’s last year then so be it, but start playing like you care the fans deserve more.

  • ThatGuy

    The Steelers cannot stop shifty RBs

  • David Donahoe

    No so for me. Love to bring down to earth the bombastic overconfident and underperforming.

  • Patrick Sheridan

    They pulled a tomlin, lossing to a beatable opponent when favored heavily.

  • NavyDoc

    The Steelers’ loss wasn’t made worse by critical non-calls. It is bad enough on it’s own merit.

  • pittsburghjoe

    With the fire power they have on offense, they should not have to rely on a well called game to win. There is no reason Ben, Bell, Bryant, Brown should be contained to the degree they were today.

  • 2winz

    Literally the hold happened almost right in front of the ref on the final td, how do you miss such blatant calls on more than one occassion? This offense needs to be better though! another bad offensive showing with too many preventable turnovers!

  • Rocksolid20

    It keeps us being a #3 seed as opposed to #1 seed
    huge difference .

  • Michael Conrad

    Never put yourself in a position to lose on a bad call.Those calls were obvious to most grade school refs. The Steelers did not come out for the NA and they did not come out for the game. The got beat because they can’t adjust to the flow of the game. Bell did not look good but the coaching did not adjust and take him out. No change of pace back. The passing game is Ben looking for AB. No rhythm to the offense and the line blocking is horrendous with the same running plays all day.

  • Arizona Living

    Refs also blew the call at the end of the first half. It should have been a safety as the defense cannot provide the impetus to push the ball out of bounds by illegally batting it after a fumble. Nevertheless, as the article states, the loss lies solely at the feet of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • LucasY59

    they probably dont go to OT if they get the call right at the end of the 1st half, its either a Touchback or a safety giving them the ball 1 foot from the endzone is the least understandable of the 3 options, a safety gives the Bears 2 pts instead of 3 and a TB gives the Steelers the ball at the 10…0 pts of Chicago (which seems to be the most correct call to me since thats what it wouldve been if Berry never touched the ball and it goes out, even Berry holding onto the ball shouldve been a TB, but like I said even if they make the mistake of calling it a safety thats still one less pt on the scoreboard and likely a 1 pt win for the Steelers w/o going to OT)

    the 2nd half outcome might not be the same if the end of the 1st is different, but to me that mess of a call along with the non calls on the holds make it impossible for the Steelers to win (their play wasnt good enough, but they cant beat the refs and the opposition at the same time)

  • Matt

    this was awful. So tired of being let down by these games. No sense of urgency and definitely no discipline. Ben has been subpar. O Line has been mediocre. Play calling has been awful. If its one game that this happens in i guess we could get over it, but the unfortunate truth is it won’t be.

  • LucasY59

    or you like to troll

  • LucasY59

    yep those Full time refs didnt even deserve a part time paycheck this week

  • melblount

    Truly disgraceful to even bring up officiating in this year’s version of the annual Tomlin debacle against an inferior talented team.

  • LucasY59

    refs were terrible in so many ways, I agree on the fumble (it was almost like they were trying to make up for the mess at the end of the 1st half) and with the Haden hold, if they throw the flag like they shouldve then it doesnt matter if his foot was in or out (it was in) and if they are 2nd and 20 from the other side of the field, the arent running the ball and they dont miss the call on the hold on the last TD run because it never happens to begin with

  • Dan

    Great article. I was quite ticked at those non-calls and other officiating issues, but really when you give up 220yds on the ground and a 5.8yd/attempt average, you don’t deserve to win anyway. Hopefully this lights a fire under the team when visiting Baltimore next week.

  • Steelerfan56

    So true

  • Dan

    Could not have been a safety because the Bears were the last ones to have possession. I originally thought it should be a touchback, but the reason the ball went out of bounds in the endzone, was due to an illegal act by a Steeler (batting was called). I think that was why the ball was given back to the Bears at the point of the fumble. I trust the Depot will give us some analysis this week. And also since the half cannot end on a defensive penalty, an untimed down was awarded to the Bears, but after the false start, should there not have been a 10-second run off? Perhaps if it’s an untimed down, time cannot run….but then again I’m no physicist.

  • Big Joe

    Yeah, I saw a number of them too but it isn’t going to change anything, unfortunately. The bottom line is that we played awful and they better square themselves away before setting foot on the field at Baltimore.

  • LucasY59

    if a offensive player fumbles the ball into the endzone its a TB so I agree a safety isnt the right call (it is what the Bears coaches wanted…too bad they didnt get what they wanted) but I dont see how giving them the ball at the 1 is the right call either, to me its a touchback

  • I’m not sure who is more to blame between MT or BR. Ben plays like a completely different player on the road but the entire team seems to play way below the line at least 2 times per season against the worst teams in the league.

  • Dorian James

    Yeah and that Artie Burns hold happen directly in front of the official. But like you said they put themselves in that predicament so oh well

  • Dorian James

    I don’t think they missed it I think they just let it go. It reminded me of that lost to the Jaguars in the playoffs during tomlin’s first season when that guy tackled Troy Polamalu to let David Gerard get the first down and seal the game.

  • Ace

    Woulda coulda shoulda. The team I watched would have given up the TD eventually anyways in my view. This team is not smart. Glennon COULD NOT throw outside the numbers or to WR down the field and yet they continued to sit back like they were trying to prevent the deep pass. The Defense played dumb and deserved to lose. Stack the box with 9 guys to stop the run? NAH. Lets play back and let them gouge us on the run and complete short pass after short pass to create missed tackle opportunities. The D’s game plan was dumb and they missed way too many tackles. ANd where is this offense we thought would show up? 30 mper game haha. Bell drops passes, can’t hit the hole with any authority, Line can’t run block all the sudden, they have no Tight end on the roster, Bryant still can’t make a contested catch. Good Grief they have a long way to go.

  • George Hareras

    I guess it was the offense that missed every tackle today! They weren’t good either, but cmon

  • PaeperCup

    Hurts when the game is essentially decided by these types of (non)calls. But all game officials seemed out of sync. PI/no PI against Brown. I still don’t know what happened at the end of the half. And I wish I saw a replay of that fumble shazier recovered, first glance to me looked like a legitimate fumble.

  • Ellis EZ Boat

    Out of the last 15 games at Soldier Field we have only one 1….yes they are inferior, but they are doing g a great job of having our number when we go in there playing them like they are inferior. I wish we played every team like it was Baltimore on the opposite side, instead half ass tackling and having to play catch up with these bum ass teams

  • Ellis EZ Boat

    Every year we lose to inferior teams, and then turn around and beat the wheels off great teams….I can’t understand this logic either, but that’s what happens.

  • ThatGuy

    Still very very puzzling

  • Petherson Silveira

    Ridiculous

  • WilliamSekinger

    The Steelers would have had to have had possession of the ball prior to the illegal bat for it to have been a safety. They didn’t so it wasnt.

  • Jason

    Dumbest comment of the day. Congrats..

  • charles

    doesn’t an O penalty at the end of a half wipe 10 sec. off the clock?

  • Rotten Sircus

    Even with the blown calls the tackling was Sh!tty ..my little league team tackles better then that !!! & we’re 5-0 !!!!

  • justafanlikeyou

    If you want another example, IMO even better, watch the last 3rd down of regulation for the bears. Heyward blasts the guard tackle gap, as Chickillo tries to loop under the left tackle grabs his jersey and takes him down. There was a clear lane right to Glennon. Who knows what happens if Chick gets there, or if it becomes 3rd and 26 with a flag thrown. It is as blatant as I’ve seen in quite some time.

  • Dan

    Yeah, that is hard to figure. I guess with no recovery they spot at the last point of possession, but would be nice to see the rule that supported that decision.

  • David Donahoe

    Sure, if that’s what you want to call me for putting a bunch a self-absorbed narcissistic aholes in their place. I’ll gladly wear that label.

  • francesco

    I would love to blame the refs but Chicago were trying desperately to give us the game. Ben and Haley wanted nothing to do with it.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Exactly

  • Shannon Stephenson

    There was a few calls that were missed in that game….the officiating especially early was poor.

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    Dumb dumb go home

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    another one, go home

  • Matthew Marczi

    Yeah good thing you didn’t come in here whining. Really showed me how to act by example, insisting everyone has to be fired because they lost one out of three games. Definitely not a whiny reaction.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I didn’t play in the game. I’ve lost nothing.

  • Matthew Marczi

    English has to be the only language in which a sequence like “would have had to have had” is entirely proper.

  • Matthew Marczi

    The spot foul was because of the batting penalty.

  • Matthew Marczi

    The Steelers were regarded as the defenders as that stage because the Bears had possession.

  • Carmen Koshman

    The Steelers were not playing good at all right from the eli rogers punt return fumble. I have to say that possibly the no show for national anthem had more to do with the play than they think. Football is a game of focus and off field distractions affect players performances as a team. Kaperknick can still play the game but that is not the issue. The issue is that his bullshit is a team distraction and this is why teams wont sign him….and I agree

  • Matthew Marczi

    Chickillo had a couple of significant holds against him not called. I have no problem with allowing a couple of minor holds on the perimeter here and there go, but the egregious ones need to be called.

  • GravityWon

    Really? We’re worried about a couple of bad calls after that showing. This loss falls squarely on the players not executing today.

  • jl9744

    True but as bad as the defense was tackling today, they still held them to 14 points with the last 7 coming in OT and provided the offense with more than enough opportunities to put the game away. Not to mention the fact that it was Eli Rogers muffed punt and the blocked field goal that spotted the Bears 10 of their 17 points in regulation so really this loss is attributed to special teams and lackadaisical offense.

  • PaeperCup

    lame. I was going to say, I don’t remember the Cowboys getting a play at the 1 aftern Leon Lett fumbled in the Super Bowl.

    It still is iffy to me because it’s a loose ball foul. They retain possession in the field of play? Part of me thinks it should be a touch back with the penalty assessed on the ensuing drive. No, that’s weird too.

  • PaeperCup

    Typically I find holds on big plays are typically called, likely because the hold plays a part in the big play. In the cases you stated in your article, those are for sure the ones you HAVE to call.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    And don’t forget our outcoached coaching staff!

  • Bullfrog Man

    Should have never came down to Overtime.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Ben should be at home, why in The hell you bring back a not comitted to play Player?

  • Bullfrog Man

    I thought Men Without Hats was playing over the stadium because I saw coach Jon Fox doing the safety dance for the Bears.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Hope this is his last game!

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Playoffs?, Playoffs?

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Tomlin first please

  • Matthew Marczi

    I don’t want to portray myself like an expert on the rule, but I think no matter where the bat occurs (doesn’t have to send it out of the end zone or out of bounds), if it’s the defending team, which in this case the Steelers were, it’s a 10-yard penalty assessed at the spot of the fumble, since an illegal bat only occurs during loose ball situations. Would also apply on a backward pass. So if the fumble occurred at the 20, the ball would have been moved to the 10.

  • charles

    Yes, exactly, O has a penalty in last 2 minutes then 10 seconds gets wiped off clock

  • Matthew Marczi

    The Steelers committed the penalty, and they were the defenders. A quarter cannot end on a defensive penalty.

  • PaeperCup

    THis situation happened twice over the last 10 years or so. The Seahawks batted a ball out of the nedzone against the Lions. They called it a Touchback. If you remember a few years back, Troy Polamalu batted a ball out of the endzone, they called it a safety. Reading about those, apparently both were called in correctly. Today’s call seems to have been right…..of course the one time all game they get the call right.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Actually I was doing some more reading on this myself and they got the Seahawks call wrong, it should have been a situation identical to today’s scenario, getting the ball at the one. One of the three descriptors in the conduct manual defining an illegal bat is when a player on either team bats a loose ball that has previously touched the ground while it is in the end zone. When such an instance occurs, a 10-yard penalty is enforced at the spot where the ball became loose. The intention here is to prevent either team from gaining an advantage via a bat in the end zone. In other circumstances, an offensive player cannot bat a backward pass toward the defensive goal line, and more generally, a player on either side cannot bat a ball in the direction of the opposite goal line. Here is how the rule is listed in the manual (obviously (b) is what applies here):

    “Section 4: Illegal Bats and Kicks
    Article 1: Illegal Bat. It is an illegal bat if:
    (a) a player of either team bats or punches a loose ball in the field of play toward his opponent’s goal line; or
    (b) a player of either team bats or punches a loose ball (that has touched the ground) in any direction, if it is in either end
    zone; or
    (c) an offensive player bats a backward pass in flight toward his opponent’s goal line.
    Penalty: For illegal batting or punching the ball: Loss of 10 yards. For enforcement, treat as a foul during a backward
    pass or fumble (see 8-7-7). If the foul is by the defense, it is an automatic first down.”

  • PaeperCup

    I meant to say those calls were INcorrect. Those two letters “in” or lack thereof completely blew up my post.

    But again, refs got that one right…..but miss obvious game deciding holding calls.

    I do think refs need to be held more accountable, even for the calls they get right but took forever to figure out. Honestly, after sending teams to the locker room, and nearly 10 minutes of deliberating…they need to make decisions in a more prompt and decisive manner.

  • Lil Smitty

    If Berry had fallen on the loose ball in the end zone, it was going to be safety (2). They played an untimed down. and eventually kicked a field goal.(3)
    I also thought that when the Offense commits a procedure penalty, ten seconds is run off the clock and if there isn’t any time, than the half is over. The Bears committed a procedure penalty and was allowed to replay the down.

  • Michael Martin

    The refs set the tone early on in that game. The officiating was obviously biased before Jesse James got rocked helmet to helmet. Not a single announcer or a ref acted like anything wrong happened at all. They didn’t talk about it until he left the field to get his ‘shoulder’ evaluated. They held our defense blatantly and neary continously through out. That said, Cooper is good corner.

  • Christopher Saylor

    That was all Grimble

  • Richard Edlin

    I don’t think it would have been a safety if Berry fell on the ball. The ball was propelled into the end zone by the Chicago fumble, so the Steelers did not bring the ball across the line. Surely then a touchback?

  • Richard Edlin

    Had had had instead been have would we have been talking in a different tense, Matthew?

  • Richard Edlin

    Not sure it was helmet to helmet, but possibly defenseless receiver.

  • nutty32

    The Bears safety absolutely jumped on Martavis’ back on that big bomb well before the ball arrived, yet no call.

  • jl9744

    Lmao

  • WB Tarleton

    Yep.

    Bears second half drives:

    Punt: 3 plays, -2 yards
    Fumble: 3 plays, -1 yards
    Punt: 10 plays, 33 yards
    Interception: 3 plays, 3 yards
    Punt: 3 plays, 3 yards
    Punt: 8 plays, 38 yards

    Our offense scored 10 points in the same half, all 10 on short drives due to turnovers:

    Touchdown: 6 plays, 16 yards after the fumble recovery

    FG: 4 plays, 7 yards after the interception

    The only thing the D could have done more is score FOR the offense.

  • Lil Smitty

    They were happening all game on running plays. Javon had been tackled on several plays that the running backs would make significant yardage. On one long pass, I think it was Cooper grabbed both of
    Martavis’s arms from behind him and no call.
    They still could have won the game.

  • Lil Smitty

    I’ve seen games end that way. I know a half can’t end on a defensive penalty, but it can on an offensive penalty.

  • Paddy

    The NFL has a disaster on its hands, the kneeling is bad enough but the officiating & on air personalities are biased and/or incompetent

  • Nolrog

    There is no lack of blame for yesterday’s debacle.

  • Jim Foles

    Maybe the refs dont like Teams hiding during
    The anthem

  • Mike Pittman

    If Berry falls on the ball it’s a touchback, or just bats it in a way where it doesn’t look like he intentionally bats it, but that bat cost the game.

  • Tobi Ge

    Thank you for this list!
    This leaves no room for the ‘we always lose because of our defense’-people!

  • James Churchwell

    HELL YEA IT IS…Give him “The Dumbest Comment Of The Day Award”, Somebody PLEASE!!

  • RASTA

    I agree with some of the other posters here; that these refs seemed almost completely incompetent throughout the entire game. I was actually yelling at my wife about them the whole time, that’s how blatantly bad they really were! Agreed?

  • RASTA

    Ha, a couple bad calls? Did you watch that dog and pony show of zebras? The losss are always squarely on the team, but until the league starts dolling out fines for horrible officiating, it will never get better.

  • RASTA

    I thought the Bears committed the offensive penalty that they are referring to?

  • RASTA

    See mirror

  • RASTA

    Maybe they will finely bring in a run-stopping, and Raven-killing James Harrison for that one!

  • James Churchwell

    CBS does that sh**t all the time. I try to watch the game, but listen to it on ‘SNR’ the problem is the streaming of the game is so far off that you can actually hear the play before you see it, but that’s how badly I hate listening to Greg Grumble,Trent Greene & Co.The announcers on CBS….But I agree wholeheatedly the refs. calls were horrible and they DO have an impact on the players psychic and outcomes of games whether or not some of us want to include that in our critic of this team and their play. Only thing left for me to say is lets get the “wound licking” out of the way and get ready for our next opponent.

  • James Churchwell

    I think he’s trying to win “The Dumbest Comment Of The YEAR Award”, forget the “Of The Week Award”…Seems somebody don’t get enough attention…Aww, “Poor lil baby”.

  • James Churchwell

    For me you nailed it your observation as I feel the say way.

  • James Churchwell

    Man I sure hope it doesn’t play out that way.

  • James Churchwell

    Yes, yes I feel the exact same way…I just don’t get it, I really don’t, to me it makes no sense AT ALL, and it has to stop or Robert Vaquero Baz’an just may come true!!

  • Dan

    Good point to show that the D didn’t fail on every play and indeed didn’t give up many points, which is really the whole objective….but man all those missed tackles really stick in one’s memory.

  • Smitty 6788

    Berry didn’t have to do anything but get out of the way. A fumble can’t be advanced under 2 min of the half or end of the game.

  • michael young

    I wish so badly that our defense would play with the same focus and physicality as John Fox chewing his gum.

  • James Churchwell

    Yea man soak it up, hold on to that feeling of ecstasy that you’re feeling right now, because when ” That On Any Giving Sunday” euphoria wears off, you’re going to go back to that sad, pathetic,and depressing feeling that being a Bears fan brings you and you’ll know that WE The “Steelers Nation Fans” are going to be getting ready for the playoffs while you’re lying on the couch of your therapist crying about how bad your team really is and how you wish this was the 3rd game of the season AGAIN when your team won that game they played against the NOW ‘SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS’ (PITTSBURGH STEELERS)!…So again soak it up, Hell I wish you could put that feeling you are experiencing right now into a bottle and keep it forever.

  • TGUN270

    Can somebody explain how the Bears were even allowed a field goal after offensive penalty with no time on clock at the end of the half?

  • John Noh

    That is a good question. Here’s the rule “On a foul by the offense on last play of half or game, the down is not replayed and the play in which the foul is committed is nullified. ” The only explanation I can come up with is that a false start does not result in an official play, which allowed the Bears, minus five yards, to run a play (a field goal, as it turns out). If there was a play and there was holding on a run, let’s say, I believe the half would have ended with no score.

  • LucasY59

    so he shouldve just fell on it?

  • LucasY59

    …it makes you look like the @$$#0!&

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Neither of us want that!

  • Louis Hensler

    The hold on Haden on the long run was so blatant I thought sure it would be called.

  • MC

    Glad you mentioned the first one. That was so obvious and went under the radar by the commentators.

  • MC

    I wouldn’t say the bat cost the game. Him being there prevented a bears player from jumping on it for a TD so props for him hustling all the way back. the terrible offense and coaching first and foremost cost us the game.

  • Slab

    This. Same question here. My understanding is that if the offense commits a penalty on with no time on the clock, the half (or game) is over. Have yet to hear this addressed in the media.

  • Slab

    Apparently (per Steelers dot com) the game continued because it was a presnap penalty. A hold would have ended the half.