NFL officials admit referees got it wrong on multiple appeals against Bears in Week 9 loss to Steelers – .

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NFL officials admit referees got it wrong on multiple appeals against Bears in Week 9 loss to Steelers – .


The NFL stands behind Monday night’s controversial taunt appeal against Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh, claiming it Friday with a fine.

But privately, members of the NFL Umpiring Department who reviewed the game admitted that referee Tony Corrente and his team were wrong on at least three separate critical and non-appealing appeals against Chicago in that 29 loss. -27 – including a low block penalty. on the Bears who canceled a touchdown pass from Justin Fields, sources familiar with the thinking of the league said.

Officials also missed several Steelers penalties, including a late hit on Fields that would have given the Bears the first and goal on the same practice in the third quarter and several Steelers offside on the field goal attempt. 65 yards from Cairo Santos who fell short as time went on.

A league spokesperson declined to comment, which is common on refereeing matters. A spokesperson for the Bears also declined to comment.

The NFL does not generally discipline officials for judging appeals, although being demoted for performance may affect playoff officials’ assignments.

Corrente’s nationally televised taunt call on Marsh erased a third stoppage in the dying minutes and has become the new centerpiece of public debate over the NFL’s emphasis on the call for that foul. NFL Senior Vice President Perry Fewell said in a video on social media that the appeal was correct and Marsh was fined $ 5,972 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

But no call had more of an impact than the low blocking flag on right guard James Daniels, who appeared to be on the edge of the narrow contact area and had minimal contact with the defender. The penalty canceled a one-yard touchdown pass from Fields to tight end Jimmy Graham in the Bears’ first possession of the second half, leaving them facing the second and the 16 goal.

Two games later, Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith knocked Fields down from behind long after releasing the ball, but no flag was thrown and the Bears had to settle for a field goal that reduced Pittsburgh’s lead. at 14-6. Fields said after the match he told Corrente that “Big Ben just got that call” – referring to a brutal call against Mario Edwards on the previous record – and that he needs him is called in both directions.

Several Steelers appeared to be lined up in the neutral zone during Santos’ attempt to score a winning basket, which was short. A penalty would have given Santos another chance five yards closer, or perhaps brought Fields back for a Hail Mary attempt.

Instead of Fields leading a road victory and keeping Chicago a half a game away from the No.7 NFC playoff spot, the Bears got a pass this weekend at 3-6. They host the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.

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