You know I have been a Bears’ fan for over 55 years, ever since I was old enough to understand football. However while they are 1-0 in the NFL they are 0-1 in my book and they are 0-2 when it comes to their post-game commentary. The Bears beat the Detroit Lions 19-14 but the term “beat” is a misnomer. Terms like “escaped” and “lucked-off” are much more apropos.
Larry Mayer has posted an article at the Chicago Bears Website titled “Bears escape with comeback over Lions.”
I have never seen a call like the one that won the game for the Bears. The Bears had just made a comeback with a beautiful 28-yard catch by Matt Forte from Jay Cutler with 1:32 left in the game. The defense had been pretty good throughout the game. However they couldn’t hold the Lions and back-up quarterback Shaun Hill hit Calvin Johnson with just 24 seconds left to play. The announcers said that he dropped the ball but I think Johnson “hot-dogged” and let go of the ball. In either event the umpires ruled that the play was not a “completed play.” In other words there had to be complete control of the ball all the way to the ground. I’m still not sure I understand the situation. However I do know this: When a player barely gets the nose of the football across the goal line the score is counted and that is even if the ball leaves his hands after the player hits the ground. I’ve seen it too many times.
Everyone that has discussed the play has said the same thing and that is that it was “well-called” but that the rule is bogus and so it is.
However my problem is with the Bears’ elite including Forte, Cutler and Coach Lovie Smith. Instead of accepting the win graciously they have chosen to be hard-nosed saying that they were the better team, hardly.
The Bears had four turnovers including an interception and three fumbles all from key players.
The Bears were down late in the first half 14-3 when Matt Forte took a screen pass for an 89-yard touchdown. Then Julius Peppers sacked Detroit Quarterback Matthew Stafford leaving him with an injured shoulder and causing a fumble which the Bears converted for three points. If Stafford had not been injured I daresay the Bears would be a solid 0-1.
The Bears’ defense was rabid from then on until the last Detroit possession.
Another Bears’ lowlight included four failed attempts at getting the ball into the Detroit end zone from inside the one. And, why Lovie Smith didn’t take the field goal when trailing 14-13 is beyond me.
We won’t beat Dallas.
Chicago Bears’ Website, Larry Mayer, “Bears escape with comeback victory over Lions”