Justin Fields should not have been in shotgun when the Bears (1-1) were facing 4th and Goal from inside the Packers’ (1-1) one-yard line with just over eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
That’s something that we can all agree on.
The controversy stems from what happened after the play in Chicago’s Week 2 loss on the road in Green Bay.
Obviously Fields was ruled to be short of the goal line and Bears head coach Matt Eberflus challenged the call on the field. That ruling would stand after replay was unable to find clear and convincing evidence that the ball crossed the plane of the endzone.
If the call on the field was a touchdown, I believe that would have survived replay. Unfortunately for Bears fans, the ruling would seal the team’s fate.
Running back David Montgomery was among those who thought the officials missed the call that would’ve cut the Packers lead to 24-16, pending the extra point.
When asked if he wanted the ball on that fateful fourth down Montgomery spoke candidly, “I just wanted to score. I don’t care how we got in. I just wanted to score. And I feel like we scored.”
Asked if he wanted the ball on fourth-and-goal from one yard out, David Montgomery said: “I just wanted to score. I don’t care how we got in. I just wanted to score. And I feel like we scored.”— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) September 19, 2022
Bears fans will react to the play call all week long. It probably should’ve gone to Montgomery, who ran for 122 yards on 15 carries (8.1 YPC).
Is Tony LaRussa calling goal line plays for the bears tonight???— dave (@barstoolWSD) September 19, 2022
What makes this especially frustrating is that the Bears were scratching and clawing to get back into the game with the less-talented roster.
The Packers shouldn’t need help from the officials, but they got it anyways.
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