I did realize I have one lingering question/frustration about the Chicago Bears’ pathetic loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Of course I will always have lingering frustrations about the pass defense getting shredded by Brian Griese throwing to 2 receivers when they run max protect, but another thought.
I don’t think I saw anything about this in any of the papers today (thanks REAL media).
On the Bears’ sole posession in overtime, the Buccaneers CLEARLY horse-collar tackled the Bears on two straight plays. First Matt Forte was taken down from behind by Derrick Brooks, and after the play Brooks threw his hands up in the air because he knew he did it. No call.
Then on the very next play, after a big completion to Brandon Lloyd, the receiver was ripped down from behind. A call there would have put the Bears very close to field goal range. Instead the rest is history, Rashied Davis dropped a perfect third-down pass, the Bears screwed themselves, game over. Grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory.
Please tell me I’m not the only one that noticed this and is wondering why the HELL the refs didn’t see two of these in a row?
Yes, this is not the sole reason the Bears completely blew this game, but these were 2 of the many, many frustrating aspects.
At least the Bears wore navy in their home opener for the first time since 2004.