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NFL “privately” admits “critical” official errors against bears: report

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The NFL has admitted that the reigning crew got it wrong several times during the week 9 Monday Night Football match between the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers – and at critical moments.

According to a November 14 report by NFL insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, the league has admitted that the incumbent crew, led by umpire Tony Corrente, made several glaring mistakes that, taken together, could have made a difference in the outcome of the game. The Steelers won 29:27, but not without great controversy – which it turned out to be justified.

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The most controversial call of the evening was the mocking penalty kick against Bear’s linebacker Cassius Marsh. The league fined Marsh $ 5,972 for unsportsmanlike conduct (he plans to appeal), but that call – the one in the fourth quarter after Marsh fired Ben Roethlisberger – was a 3rd the Bears, according to Pelissero and Rapoport.

“Privately, members of the acting division of the NFL reviewing the game confirmed that umpire Tony Corrente and his crew were wrong on at least three separate critical calls and non-calls made in that 29:27 loss to Chicago – including a low block penalty on the bears voiding a touchdown pass from Justin Fields, said sources familiar with the league’s mindset, “wrote Pelissero and Rapoport on Nov. 14.

Pelissero and Rapoport also found that in the MNF Week 9 game, officials also “missed multiple penalties from the Steelers, including a late hit on (Bears rookie quarterback Justin) Fields who first and the Bears in the same third the gate would have given “. -Quarter drive and offside from several Steelers in the 65-yard field goal attempt by Cairo Santos, which came up short after the time ran out. “

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The three “critical” calls the league admitted its reigning crew had botched all seemed obvious at the time – fans and analysts alike called them on Twitter. Outrageously worst – a low block penalty imposed on Chicago O-lineman James Daniels in the third quarter negated a 1-yard touchdown pass from Fields to tight end Jimmy Graham.

Considering Daniels was panting at his block and was out of position, the referees made a mistake that was obvious to almost everyone:

The second major mistake the NFL conceded was an undisclosed passer penalty on fields. After the game, Fields announced that he had asked officials about a hit courtesy of Steeler’s linebacker Alex Highsmith, which hit him from behind long after the ball was released. Given that Bears defensive lineman Mario Edwards was punished for hitting Roethlisberger late, Fields felt the game wasn’t called fair.

“I said, ‘Big Ben just got that call so I don’t know why you can’t call me.’ I just needed him to name it both ways. I told him that. It’s the only conversation we’ve had, ”Fields said after the game about his conversation with the referee.

Here’s a look at the piece he’s talking about:

Several Steelers players were also in the neutral zone when Bears kicker Cairo Santos attempted a game-winning 65-yard field goal in what was the third potentially groundbreaking call the league admitted they were wrong:

Instead of taking a 4-5 mark outdoors and hitting number 7 on the NFC within half a game, the bears fell to 3-6. While it’s nice that the NFL admitted their mistakes, that recognition doesn’t do the team much at the end of the day.

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