CHICAGO — Bears coach John Fox inadvertently gave the ball away when he challenged a possible landing by operating again Benny Cunningham within the first half of Sunday’s sport in opposition to Green Bay.
At the eight:09 mark of the second quarter, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky hit Cunningham on a brief display screen cross that he turned upfield for 23 yards.
Sometimes it is best to hold on to the purple flag, because the touchback ruling in opposition to Chicago — as a substitute of a first-and-goal — confirmed on Sunday.
Cunningham tried to attain on the play however was dominated out of bounds on the 2-yard line, although he prolonged his arms and hit the pylon within the entrance nook of the tip zone with the soccer across the similar time his foot made contact with the bottom.
Fox instantly challenged the play, arguing it ought to have been a landing because the ball hit the pylon previous to Cunningham’s foot hitting out of bounds.
But upon additional badessment, officers stated Cunningham misplaced management of the soccer earlier than it made contact with the pylon, and referee Tony Corrente dominated the play a touchback and awarded the ball to Green Bay on the 20-yard line.
The backfired problem comes at a nasty time for Fox, who’s 12-28 since taking the Bears job in 2015.