Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields was agency when requested concerning the important fourth-and-1 play within the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ 27-10 victory Sunday evening at Lambeau Discipline.
Did Fields assume he crossed the purpose line halfway by the fourth quarter?
“Yeah,” Fields mentioned.
How a lot would it not have modified the sport if the officers agreed?
“It modifications all the pieces,” he mentioned.
The Bears had been trailing 24-10 with 8 minutes, 13 seconds left once they lined up contained in the 1-yard line. Fields took a shotgun snap and surged ahead behind a scrum of gamers that included proper guard Lucas Patrick, tight finish Cole Kmet and operating again David Montgomery. Fields wriggled ahead towards the road, however officers dominated he didn’t make it throughout.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus challenged the ruling, and the replay was proven time and again on the video board and TVs within the stadium. In the end, the decision on the sector stood, and the Packers went on to eat up greater than 5 minutes earlier than Mason Crosby’s 28-yard subject purpose made it a three-score sport.
Any likelihood for a Bears rally petered out.
“I noticed the replay up prime and it appeared prefer it was in, however there in all probability simply wasn’t sufficient proof to overturn it,” Kmet mentioned. “Robust name there. I assumed we had been gaining momentum there on the finish and it will have been a great place for a comeback.”
Past whether or not Fields made it throughout the purpose line, the play name to line up within the shotgun formation when the Bears had been contained in the 1 might be examined totally within the week forward.
Eberflus and Bears gamers mentioned they practiced the play all week and had been snug with it being known as.
“You outnumber the field,” Eberflus mentioned. “So that you’re utilizing your quarterback as a runner. You’ve acquired a further blocker, so that you like your numbers within the field there. That’s why we known as it. It was the perfect play we had proper there on the time.”
Mentioned Fields: “It’s us versus them. It’s simply the trenches. It’s our O-line versus D-line and we’ll by no means know if I acquired in or not. However only a tribute to these guys for combating on that.”
One play earlier, Fields was dominated to have scrambled for a 6-yard landing, however that replay confirmed his knee was down earlier than he hit the pylon with the soccer.
That arrange the important play, one among many the Bears will study within the days forward, as left guard Cody Whitehair already was able to do after the sport.
“I may have helped ID it a bit bit higher with the noise and stuff,” Whitehair mentioned. “I type of left Braxton (Jones) out to dry over there, however we’ll get that corrected and it gained’t occur once more.”
The Bears wanted a determined comeback as a result of their offense couldn’t get going after scoring a landing on its first drive.
The Bears got here out within the second half intent on operating the ball, sticking with it at the same time as time started ticking down. David Montgomery racked up 122 yards on 15 carries — 8.1 yards per carry — and Khalil Herbert had 4 carries for 38 yards.
However Fields accomplished simply 7 of 11 passes for 70 yards with no touchdowns and a late interception. He was sacked thrice for a lack of 22 yards. Equanimeous St. Brown was the Bears’ main receiver with two catches for 39 yards, and Darnell Mooney was the one different large receiver with a catch for minus-4 yards.
“(Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy) mentioned earlier than the sport that we had been going to run it down their throats,” Fields mentioned. “D-Mo, I don’t know what he ate at the moment, however he was going loopy. O-line did an ideal job blocking and he did an ideal job operating. My job isn’t to name the performs. My job is to execute the play that’s given to me the perfect I can.”
It wasn’t almost sufficient to match Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense, which bounced again from a poor first outing in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings to place up 414 yards. Rodgers threw for 234 and two touchdowns, and Aaron Jones rushed for 132 yards and a landing.
These numbers meant the Packers weren’t left inspecting the what-ifs of 1 play.
“We’ll let this sting for twenty-four hours after which get again to it tomorrow,” Kmet mentioned. “Simply transfer on and hold getting higher each week.”