John Fox challenges, thinking he’ll get a touchdown, actually loses the ball


Bears coach John Fox had the costliest replay challenge of the year today in Chicago.

After Chicago’s Benny Cunningham was ruled down just shy of the goal line on a 23-yard catch and run, Fox challenged, saying Cunningham had scored.

But replays showed Cunningham lost control of the ball before he reached the goal line, and the ball hit the pylon. That means not only was it not a touchdown, but it was actually a fumble out the end zone, which meant the ball went to the Packers. Instead of first-and-goal, which the Bears would have had if the ruling on the field had stood, it was Packers ball.

Complicating matters is that it’s questionable whether the league’s officiating office actually should have changed the ruling on the field. Cunningham’s foot may have touched out of bounds before he lost possession. Former NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino said he didn’t think there was enough evidence to change the ruling on the field.

So Fox clearly made a mistake by challenging the ruling on the field, but the officiating office may have made a mistake by reversing the ruling on the field. It was one more case of a highly questionable replay review. We’ve had a lot of those in this NFL season.

24 responses to “John Fox challenges, thinking he’ll get a touchdown, actually loses the ball

  1. Not a fan of either team but this is ridiculous, who in the hell really wants to watch this nonsense?

  2. Alberto Riveron seems intent on making replay reviews as big of a mystery as possible. Did my team get a first down at the other team’s 40? Or is Riveron going to somehow rule that the other team got a touchdown? No one knows.

    If replay review is going to be as bad as it’s been this year the NFL should just get rid of it.

  3. The look on Fox’s and reactions almost as classic as Richard Sherman’s, when he lost the Superbowl

  4. You may not like the rule, but is the rule, and he CLEARLY lost possession. How could Fox challenge that?

  5. I obviously thought it was a touchdown for the Bears and was surprised they’d even challenge the call since they were spotted the ball at the 1 yard line.
    I never thought Cunningham had stepped out.
    It wasn’t until I saw the third replay of it, the one from the side angle that it was apparent he lost control of the ball before it touched the pylon.
    Absolutely the correct call.

  6. wib22 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Seems like something belicheat would not do

    Please get more salt in your diet. Your tears have lost their buoyancy.

  7. My Packers really need this win today against the Bears. We are looking in the mirror. And seeing last place.

  8. You know why the numbers are down? Because the product on the field is garbage.

    If the officials need 10 minutes and 4 cameras to determine if a guy scored or fumbled the ball away, then what are we watching at home? A blur of nonsense, with the results to-be-determined by some guy in New York?

    Who the hell wants to watch that?

  9. Yup so glad Elway fired his ass and dumped Cutler & Marshall. Chicago has been our dumping ground for years now. Fox is just good enough to almost get there which is a definition of a not very good coach. He was exactly what we needed after the Josh experiment to calm things down.

  10. John Fox has proven to be not only incompetent, but supremely unlucky. That’s a deadly combination. Agreed with prior commenter, this team is going nowhere till a younger, more creative HC with a drive to win is at the helm. The Bears looked like they quit on him today.

  11. I don’t see anybody pointing out that even though he lost control, he still touched the ball while out of bonds, which should have ended the play, no?

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