I have a few pictures to share with you all to demonstrate some items that should be pointed out. Let’s start off with the officiating.
With just under 2 minutes to go in regulation, the Dolphins recovered a fumble just inside Bears’ territory. Things looked promising. On first down, we ran a routine screen to Kenyan Drake. Due to a rare, excellent design by Adam Gase, this play could have been the game winner. But the refs blew it. Badly.
Drake got mugged badly on that play. In the shot above, you can see the man literally tackling Drake.
Here’s an even more obvious shot of it.
In the shot above especially, look how much open space was in front of Drake. You can literally see the endzone. If Drake caught it, he was gone.
As much as I want to gripe about this horrible non-call, I think it’s not so hard to swallow because no ref saw it. I mean, if all the refs saw this tackle and didn’t call it, I’d be screaming all week long. But obviously, they can’t call what they can’t see. This play was spread all over the field, and there were no refs nearby to see it. Lucky for Chicago.
And speaking of luck, how about ours?
Yes, it was lucky that former Dolphin Cody Parkey missed the field goal. But we got even MORE LUCKY because the refs missed what happened next. Vincent Taylor taunted Parkey badly. In all likelihood, he should have been flagged. That would have been 15 extra yards, and we end up tied.
Taylor needs to get out of his face. The poor kid looks sad enough, and we don’t need 15 tacked on. It gets worse !
Here comes an F-Bomb. You can see his lips forming it! Can’t have that. So lucky the refs didn’t see. Props to Parkey for ignoring it.
Poor Parkey. He looks terrified. These photos show that Taylor sustained his taunt as Parkey walked off the field. Darrin Rizzi needs to get his men more disciplined. Yes, Parkey missed a kick. But Taylor and his D gave up 28 second-half points, and he shouldn’t be mouthing off to anyone. Coulda been a crushing 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty if it was seen.
I heard the Fox announcers mention Khalil Mack about 584 times on Sunday, yet every time I looked up, here is where I saw Mack. Outstanding job by the O-line to double team him effectively AND not let the other D linemen hurt us. Mack had an assist and one tackle. ONE.
By all accounts, Minkah Fitzpatrick has played great. But he can’t whiff like this on an easy fumble recovery. How did he miss this ball?
Luckily, Xavien Howard was there for the recovery.
This is the Bears’ final touchdown. The one where the WR was so so so open it hurt to watch. The play was a disaster for many reasons. The Dolphins blitzed, but the Bears did an outstanding job picking it up. A blitz is one thing, but we blitzed our 3 most valuable secondary men: Alonso, Minkah, and Rasheed Jones. All three are circled, and all three got accounted for. The Bears knew this was coming and had extra blockers in. There were 7 blockers, and each one blocked his man. Meanwhile, look in the lower left, as you-know-who sneaks behind McMillan (52) for the easiest touchdown of his life.
We cannot have our three best defenders blitzing at once. Why not blitz Raekwon here instead and keep Jones home where he normally plays?
And just how easy was this touchdown?
Speaking of Ouch, let’s move on to the Drake goal line fumble. This one could have and should gave been devastating. The thing that gets me is look at all that space to the left.
As Drake felt the ball slipping away, all he had to do is lunge to his right (our left). No one is there except a friendly QB and miles of green pasture. I think he just panicked. That hole on the left side is enormous. How did he not find daylight?
Now in overtime on our final drive. A handoff to Drake again.
Look where Osweiler is. He is following the ball carrier in case he drops it again, and his hands are in position to grab the ball if it pops out. I LOVE that effort.
And finally, who is the most excited player in this winning photo?