One or more Steelers seemed to be lined up offside on the final Chicago field goal try

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Everyone but Steve Levy realized that Cairo Santos‘s 65-yard field goal try on Monday night had no chance of making it through the uprights. It’s possible that the Bears should have had another chance to kick the ball or to throw a Hail Mary five yards closer.

As noted by Adam Jahns of TheAthletic.com, the All-22 film suggests that multiple Steelers may have been lined up offside on the field-goal try. If a flag had been thrown, Bears coach Matt Nagy would have had another chance to decide whether to attempt a 60-yard field goal or throw the ball to the end zone.

The Bears would have had the ball at the Chicago 42, if the apparent offside had been called. Maybe the woefully short attempt from Santos would have prompted Nagy to not try another field goal. Maybe Nagy would have decided to throw to the end zone.

Regardless, it looks like the Bears should have had another shot. The fact that multiple flags were thrown on the Chicago defense for lining up in the neutral zone makes it more conspicuous that none of the officials flagged the Steelers for being offside on the last play of the game.

It also gives those who are inclined to think the fix is in even more ammunition for believing it. Even though the fix isn’t in. At least not by the league. Whether the league has to worry about a Tim Donaghy situation eventually unfolding is a different issue altogether.

56 responses to “One or more Steelers seemed to be lined up offside on the final Chicago field goal try

  1. All games should be meticulously reviewed the next day … and the winner should be decided by a panel of lawyers.

  2. I am no conspiracy person in anyway, but I would look down on anyone thinking this game was rigged. It was that bad.

  3. Tony Corrente didn’t intentionally back into any of those guys, so there was no penalty.

  4. that espn crew was at an all time low, they think Dlineman “block” in the run game, they said jimmy graham should’ve jumped to get a ball 12 feet over his head just cause he’s taller than joe haden, and they also described a pass into quadruple coverage as a “nice concept”

  5. If a lifelong packer fan like me was disgusted by the calls against the bears they must have been bad. Beyond horrible.

  6. Ya the game was rigged alright. The refs had it in for the bears. They would rather ref games out east close to home then in stinkin Chicago

  7. We have now crossed the threshold for a full NFL audit of Tony “Two Times” Corrente’s finances and electronic communication. I have full confidence in the results of the pending investigation.

  8. The refs are unionized now so I dont know if Goodall would do a darn thing, he doesnt want that misery

  9. Tony Corrente appeared to do whatever it took to ensure the Steelers won the game. No one knows his motivation for it but for the integrity of the game the NFL needs to find out. We all know they will do nothing.

  10. The Steelers got favorable calls!? No way!? The refs should be proud of the Super Bowl XL trophy.

  11. Weather and home town crowd noise have always been variables in determining the outcome of a game. Now we can add referees as the newest and biggest variable. It’s time to have SkyCam and a panel of officials review (quickly) penalties. It sucks, but the refs have become too much of a problem.

  12. the bears “may have been lined up offsides” on literally every defensive snap of the game. loser mentality on display here. bears got a gift touchdown in the punting game. they went for a 65 yd field goal with no hope of success, and you all are blaming the refs. i got a piece of advice for you, don’t roundhouse kick in the vicinity of the referee, and if you do, better do everything else right, or take the L like a man and get better.

  13. the bears “may have been lined up offsides” on literally every defensive snap of the game. loser mentality on display here. bears got a gift touchdown in the punting game. they went for a 65 yd field goal with no hope of success, and you all are blaming the refs. i got a piece of advice for you, don’t roundhouse kick in the vicinity of the referee, and if you do, better do everything else right, or take the L like a man and get better!!!

  14. jerruhjones says:

    November 9, 2021 at 7:10 pm
    NFL loves Pits, always have.
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    That’s interesting. They love them so much that somehow the Steelers have only managed like 3 playoff wins in the past 10 years. That’s true love.

  15. Wow. The ref’s were so confused they thought the the Bears were actually the Detroit Lions. No other explanation is possible.

  16. The Bears were lined up off-sides several times when it didn’t get called. I notice that in a lot of games. The refs only call it a fraction of the time, it seems.

  17. officiating crews vary wildly as does the quality of the units. We got a prime time example of various points of bad officiating last night and I frankly think that’s why we are hearing the degree of fervor. It was MNF, so the stink has wafted further and more people are reacting. Add in that beyond low marks in various things including the official who is LITERALLY looking down the line being able to handle that simple responsibility is that we saw abyssal Refereeing. The linesman were bad, quite often. But Corrente as the ringmaster allowed the circus to go on and he kept being the head clown himself. The league SHOULD be ashamed. I’m sure they aren’t, that would take a little more awareness than I believe is in stock at 345. Maybe a few million at the vending machine in the lobby will provide some? Who knows?

  18. You can fire a paid ref but you can’t fix stupid. What is worse? Having a fixed ref or being responsible for making a tradition of horrible officiating?

  19. In our new woke society this will likely be considered ageism. Perhaps a 70 year old shouldn’t be an official in a league played by players in their 20s who are stronger and faster than ever. It is an undeniable truth age takes it toll.

  20. People fail to remember ,the referee on the overturned Jesses James touchdown in 2017 was Tony Corrente! That cost the Steelers home field playoffs.
    He just loves Pittsburgh. Give me a break.

  21. Officials saw what didn’t happen (offside by Dexter Lawrence of NYG on end-of-game FG attempt), didn’t see what happened at end of game yesterday. Corrente’s hip check into Marsh was a travesty.as was uncalled roughing of Fields.

  22. I don’t believe the nfl is rigged but I do believe the league has its favorites. Certain teams *cough steelers cough* seem to get VERY favorable calls when needed. Remember their super bowl win over Seattle?

  23. Pittsburgh consistently gets the benefit of the doubt and the desirable outcome in these situations. Change my mind.

  24. NFL fixed….hahaha

    Anybody actually questions this?

    It is rigged FAR MORE than anyone wants to admit. WFT “investigated and Raiders Head Coach effectively fired and people still think the league has some sort of integrity? These guys make the mafia look like the JV Squad.

  25. Don’t know what game you were watching. I counted a dozen or more times the Bears defense lined up off side. NOTHING CALLED.

  26. The fix has ALWAYS been in. C’mon! With this much money being passed around now, it’s only a matter of time before it’s officially exposed. Damn shame. #integrity

  27. Nick Name says:
    November 9, 2021 at 7:40 pm
    In our new woke society this will likely be considered ageism. Perhaps a 70 year old shouldn’t be an official in a league played by players in their 20s who are stronger and faster than ever. It is an undeniable truth age takes it toll.
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    Don’t tell me you want to cancel culture the refs. That sounds woke to me. Hey, am I getting all the new terms down? Can I join your cult?

  28. Googling Tony Corrente’s net worth puts him at $1-5M. This guy was a high school teacher 10 years ago. Not saying the reporting site is accurate but makes you wonder where he gets his money.

  29. yeahright321 says:
    November 9, 2021 at 7:44 pm
    People fail to remember ,the referee on the overturned Jesses James touchdown in 2017 was Tony Corrente! That cost the Steelers home field playoffs.
    He just loves Pittsburgh. Give me a break.
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    Home field? Cry me a river. Steelers were counted out at the beginning of this season and wouldn’t it be a great story to see them make the playoffs. Remember that this country is 1/3 Steelers, 1/3 Cowboys, and 1/3 Patriot bandwagon fans so cater to those who spend their life savings on lawn flags and dog blankets.

  30. Calls are missed every game. Thats the reality of the NFL. The steelers have been ripped off plenty of times but the end result still ends up the same.

  31. Not surprising. Seems like the officiating is becoming worse in the NFL while the athletes get better. How about there is a combine for referees seeing as how the game speed has increased so much. I’m talking about vision and physical traits. Or maybe, just maybe we have a couple of extra zebras on the field. Not looking for a clown show here that’s constant stoppages in play. Talking about a more consistently called product on the field. You don’t think refs have a favorite team? Or players on a loved ones fantasy team? Or grudges with players and coaches that trash them? They do. Until we get robots throwing flags on the field there’s always going to be bias, mistakes, and blatantly missed calls. When the fat guy on his couch wearing glasses can see a missed holding call with a chicken wing in his mouth, you know the NFL needs to up their product. It’s not about calls going one way or the other. It’s about consistency. The NBA suffers from the same thing where a seasoned superstar gets a call but a bench warmer won’t. Sad.

  32. When is the NFL ever going to hold these terrible refs accountable? Don’t people usually get fired for being horrible??

  33. They were offside vs. the Packers when fortunately it was called, They clearly jumped on the extra point vs. Chi. as well so I am thinking its either lack of coaching or the aggressiveness is pushed to the point where its an issue. Refs should be aware of the Steelers doing this by now and paying much more attention to it and flagging when neccesary.

  34. I’m not a Bears’ fan. Not a Justin Fields fan. What I saw last night was one of the best efforts from a young NFL QB in as long as I can remember. Fields has lees than 10 NFL starts, but looked very good. All I’m hearing is talk about the refs and stuff like that. Fields was awesome. Played like a 10 year veteran. Did everything to win the game, but future first ballot HOFer Ben Roethlisberger did his thing at the end. It’s a shame everyone seems to have missed this performance. We’re so busy talking about everything except what goes on between the lines these days. That’s pretty gross.

  35. yeahright321 says:
    November 9, 2021 at 7:44 pm
    People fail to remember ,the referee on the overturned Jesses James touchdown in 2017 was Tony Corrente! That cost the Steelers home field playoffs.
    He just loves Pittsburgh. Give me a break.
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    So maybe Corrente didn’t have the Steelers on his parlay back in 2017 or maybe he’s just the worst referee in the NFL. Either way the dude needs to be let go.

  36. Didn’t Steve Levy say the kick hit the crossbar, when in fact the ball was never close to said crossbar?

  37. Well it goes to show you that teams who win SB’s like the Steelers and Patriots get accused of being league favorites. Your teams are not winning so there has to be some reason for that, the games must be fixed. The bucs will soon be on the favored list if they win again. Then there will be 3 favored teams. Cowboys and Bears were once the leagues favorite teams. Wonder what team comes next, maybe your team.

  38. Something was fishy. The Steelers lined up just as much “offsides” as the Bears were called for all night.

  39. I wonder if being offsides on a game-winning FG try – is somewhat by design by Pittsburgh’s special teams during high profile night games. This reminds me of an NBC Sunday Night Football game in early December 2018 at Heinz Field against the Chargers.

    Steelers were dominant but blew a 23-7 lead in the third quarter as Philip Rivers and the Chargers came roaring back. With 0:03 left in the game and the score tied 30-30, the Chargers lined up to try a game-winning 39-yard FG.

    The Steelers ended up being offsides on THREE KICKS IN A ROW. The first time the kicker missed from 39 yards out, but the Steelers were over the line and the Chargers got another chance at the 34. The second time the Steelers rushed way too early and blocked the FG – and being offsides gave the Chargers a third shot from the 29. The third time the Steelers jumped early AGAIN – but it was moot because the Chargers made the kick and won the game, 33-30. In the booth, Collingsworth and Michaels went bananas – because counterintuitively, it looked like the Steelers went offsides three times in a row – on purpose. But on that night, the refs called it.

  40. Calls are missed every game. Thats the reality of the NFL. The steelers have been ripped off plenty of times but the end result still ends up the same.
    ——————————————————————————————–Ok the Phantom low block (that missed call) changed a TD to a field goal thats the margin of victory right there, Then you add the tick tack roughing the QB call Pitt got the obvious roughing call the Bears didnt get plus the taunting adding 3 points to Pittsburgh even though it didnt effect the betting line that’s 7 points shaved in a Vegas +6 game. And without those points gifted to the Steelers they loose no other way around it .

  41. Would you people quit whining about that game. The refs make mistakes in every game. it happens. The Bears suck. They lost. It is what it is. Has always been that way. It evens out for the most part over time if you look at the numbers. So maybe expect your team to get good enough so not be in a position where you need the long FG to win.

  42. Everyone always complains that the Patriots got all the calls, everyone that didn’t watch them consistently that is… There is only one team that seems to always be in the favor of the officials… Pittsburgh… whether on field with multiple dubious calls to eek out a close game or on the sidelines where where coaches trip opposing players and get a pass…

  43. Its because the fix actually is in fact ‘in’. Very very in. The NFL is starting to struggle with officials making it too obvious as they ask them to shade things more and more. The cost of allowing gambling to enter the picture.

  44. steelcurtainn says:
    November 9, 2021 at 8:44 pm
    Calls are missed every game. Thats the reality of the NFL. The steelers have been ripped off plenty of times but the end result still ends up the same.

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    It has nothing to do with the Steelers themselves. Its because on a heavily bet game the team that had long odds against them was in danger if winning, the costliest outcome to the Vegas crowd. But a few surreal officiating calls changed it to the underdog losing but covering, the cheapest outcome for Vegas. Thats the fact pattern folks look at.

    People dont see this because they focus on what team got favored on the call and discuss it in terms of favoritism/vendettas and such. But thats not whats going on so if course fact patterns don’t line up for those theories. The fixing is not about that, the fixing is to make things more profitable for the NFL’s new gambling partners. If you look at some if these ‘redecided’ fames from that perspective it Becomes clear.

  45. “StEeLeRs AlWaYs GeT cAlLs In ThEir FaVoR” is that why they were called for offsides on a perfect field goal block that took away their lead against the packers all because the refs just guessed? Yeah keep whining

  46. The Bears were lined up off-sides several times when it didn’t get called. I notice that in a lot of games. The refs only call it a fraction of the time, it seems.
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    And the NFL doesn’t full time refs. I call BS.

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