Mike Zimmer “won’t talk about the clocks in Chicago” after Bears get 0:01 for final TD

USA Today

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has complained in the past about the clocks at Soldier Field in Chicago, and after Monday night’s game he held his tongue before complaining again.

The Bears scored a meaningless touchdown on the final play of their 17-9 loss to the Vikings, but Zimmer appeared to think the clock should have expired before that final play. Instead, the clock stopped with 0:01 remaining on the next-to-last play, giving the Bears one final play, which they used to throw a touchdown pass.

“It didn’t matter at that point. I thought the game should’ve been over on the play before. It was six seconds on the clock. But we won’t talk about the clocks in Chicago here anymore,” Zimmer said.

Zimmer said that with a smirk, remembering the controversy he caused when he said in Chicago in 2014 that, “The clocks here are bullshit.” After that game, Soldier Field officials acknowledged that the stadium clocks hadn’t been operating properly. We’ll see whether the league has anything to say about whether Zimmer was correct in his perception that the Bears were given a free final second to score their final touchdown.

41 responses to “Mike Zimmer “won’t talk about the clocks in Chicago” after Bears get 0:01 for final TD

  1. Happens throughout the NFL every game, but nobody pays attention until there’s only 2:00 left. Look at Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl. Vinatieri kicked the FG with 0:07 on the clock. Ball splits the uprights at 0:04, but they let the clock run & game time expire

  2. Whatever, Zim. Your team looked awful against a team that’s considerably worse, and with a bunch of propping up from the refs at that. Your QB threw for 89 yards. Be thankful for the win and that you’re still “in the hunt.” Nobody is getting any style points for that nationally televised abomination last night.

  3. It might not have affected Zimmer/Vikings since they still won, but how did it affect betting lines?

  4. Hardnose gonna hardnose.

    Although I don’t understand why in the world the Bears would risk injury to their own players or the Viking players by running that last handful of plays to begin with.

    I mean when it’s completely over, it’s over. Use some common sense. What if Barr or Dirty Harry or one of the other psychopaths had delivered a career ending hit on Fields on the last play?

  5. Shouldn’t have been a score either. Receiver bobbled the ball initially, and when he gained possession, was outside of the end zone. Doesn’t really matter to be, but I’m curious what the line on the game was.

  6. The NFL is a joke. You used to just wonder if there was in confidence malfeasance and absolute corruption and now no one wonders anymore

  7. Zimmer is such a big baby. I bet he’s not complaining about the refs in Chicago. They gift wrapped some points for him. Merry Christmas Zim!

  8. With all the calls that went against the Bears last night, Zimmer should just take the win and not worry much about “the clocks”. That was a brutally bad officiated game that went the Vikings way numerous times .. and no, I’m not a Bears fan.

  9. You have to wonder if the Bears didn’t self-destruct inside the 20 and turn the ball over on downs multiple times, if the bears don’t win that game.

    Dumb coaching decisions.

  10. When I turned off the TV, the Bears receiver had caught the ball and been tackled short of the end zone, game over. Very surprised to see they retroactively awarded the Bears a TD to make them feel better.

  11. One of the stupidest final drives I’ve seen in recent memory. Why risk any unnecessary injuries with 6 seconds left in a game you have 0% chance of winning?! But this is the Bears we’re talking about….At least someone won/lost Fantasy in an unforgettable performance though, lol.

  12. Soldier Field clock was not the problem, Zimmer’s lack of clock management and other knowledge was.

  13. What about how unbelievably BAD the Vikings are…..The Bears entire defense was benched for pointless protocols (except for Roquan and Quinn) Hicks is injured and the Vikings barely beat the Bears. The Bears second and third string secondary owned Cousins and Jefferson, lol.

  14. Even though I’m not a Viking fan I root for them every week for 2 reasons. 1. So I don’t have to hear them whine like little girls when they lose. 2. They are never a threat if they make the playoffs.

  15. I don’t know how Matt Nagy still has a job. The announcers were bending over backwards to defend him. The team is awful and don’t blame it on Covid. They were awful before the Covid outbreak. There are only two head coaches who were bald and wore a visor, Nagy and Rich Kotite. Nagy is in like company.

  16. I parlayed the game at -7. They covered the spread on my card. I am not sure what the final line was at kickoff.

  17. Godzilla says:
    December 21, 2021 at 7:07 am
    It might not have affected Zimmer/Vikings since they still won, but how did it affect betting lines?
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    The line was Vikings -7, so there was no effect.

  18. Zimmer is the only coach that can sound smug when his team is mediocre at the absolute best.

    He embodies the Vikings fanbase.

  19. That was basically a pre-season game except the Vikings played their starters and they played dirty.

  20. Zimmer should probably just shut up and enjoy his abysmal win.
    But really, has there ever been a game when Zimmer wasn’t whining or crying over some kind of imaginated call or situation?
    After a while it just gets embarrassing.

    Also, I agree with a few of the other posters about the Bears seriously should have just packed it in at the end.
    It was rather pointless, and you are opening your skill players to possible unnecessary injuries.
    Especially when you’re playing a cheap and dirty team like the Vikings.
    It just doesn’t make any sense.

  21. To answer some of your questions/accusations……
    -That was only the second roughing penalty in Kendricks career (obviously not dirty)
    -When a player throws a punch to the head of another player, it’s going to be called a penalty (Bears apparently are not aware of this)
    -You want to talk officiating? How about JJ getting mugged and tackled while Cousins throws an interception? Yep. Bears got the biggest break of the night.
    -The Bears D Line played great. For all the talk of the Bears missing CB’s, the real problem for them is that their QB and offense stink.
    -Sure, a mostly ugly game. But the Vikings never trailed and were never in danger of losing. Take the win and move on.

  22. Now that it’s legal to bet on games expect more of this. Refs can easily manipulate games. After all, they’ve been doing it for years. It’s going to get worse. There was the game-fixing incident in the NBA with refs fixing games. Why haven’t they cracked down on the NFL refs yet?

  23. Viking Fan Blames Officials…..Everybody Drink says:
    December 21, 2021 at 10:29 am
    Zimmer should probably just shut up and enjoy his abysmal win.
    But really, has there ever been a game when Zimmer wasn’t whining or crying
    ////////
    Let me help you out here on what the article really said….
    “Zimmer said that with a smirk”. Also, did you miss the part where they told us the Bears admitted to past clock “problems”? You are definitely whining and crying way more than Zimmer is. But I guess that will happen when you’re more of a “anti-Vikings” fan than you are a “Packers fan”. Must still be mad your team lost their yearly Superbowl to the Vikings.

  24. “Just quit and not try to score at the end, the game’s over”. They were working on their 2 minute offense with a young QB. It needs to be worked on. No team quits and just goes home. These are the opportunities to see what your team is made of and possibly have a little bit of positivity for your young QB. The only time anything like this remotely bothers me is when they keep veteran QB’s in the game when the team is winning by a lot.

  25. The Vikings and their fans have been hopelessly wandering the desert in search of the promised land for 62 years. They broke the old record held by Moses record back in 1999.

  26. Can’t talk about that or about Justin Jefferson getting tackled on the route that led to the easiest interception in HISTORY. Or when Hicks goes helmet to helmet with Cousins in the pocket and doesn’t get flagged, much less ejected like Kendricks did. Refs were plain bad all around.

    I also learned that apparently if you spike the red flag hard enough, they’ll just change the call and you don’t even have to use a challenge.

  27. That last second score seems mean less to the outcome, but it was important to someone. Does anyone remember what the spread was?

  28. The game was close because the Vikes interior O-line stinks and Hicks is great. The game was in hand and they played conservative and let the Bears get garbage yards — really, it was ugly, but was this game ever in doubt? Cousins only threw 24 times for cripes sake. And this was not a one-sided refereed game — the Bears got away with more offensive interference and defensive interference calls than I’ve seen all year, and are so undisciplined even their coach got flagged. Lastly, I see our favorite cheeser with multiple user names is so obsessed with the Vikings that he’s used almost all his names on this post alone. Must be mad that the Vikes haven’t lost to the Pack in 474 days.

  29. Running plays when you’re down 14 points and the clock has less than 30 seconds showing, against an already chippy opponent, is a recipe for disaster.

    Apparently, you Chicago people won’t be satisfied with just getting Fields killed. You apparently want him dismembered on the field of play as well.

  30. Packer fans are so sensitive when their greatest rival beats the team from Chicago.
    Sad really.

  31. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 21, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Zimmer is the only coach that can sound smug when his team is mediocre at the absolute best.

    He embodies the Vikings fanbase.
    *********
    I couldn’t agree more.
    But I’d be careful about voicing an obvious opinion on these threads.
    It seems like this Viking fan base is quite bitter and triggered today.
    Well, a little more triggered than usual. 🤣

  32. Es El Repollo! says:
    December 21, 2021 at 12:57 pm
    Running plays when you’re down 14 points and the clock has less than 30 seconds showing, against an already chippy opponent, is a recipe for disaster.

    Apparently, you Chicago people won’t be satisfied with just getting Fields killed. You apparently want him dismembered on the field of play as well.

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    Can you imagine the ratings?

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