I’ll be brief. In the final quarter of an otherwise yawn-fest of a game, the Atlanta Falcons beat the Chicago Bears with a field goal with 1-second left after Kyle Orton led the Bears in multiple late-quarter drives. As a Bears fan, I will be succinct, but I must ask:
- Why a squib vs a regular kickoff? Is Robbie Gould a good squib kicker — it didn’t look that way.
- Are we supposed to have the best Special Teams coverage in the league? Isn’t a game with 11 seconds left a time to expect them to perform.
- Was there a fear of avoiding a real kickoff because of what happened against the Vikings last year, when Adrian Peterson returned a kickoff into Bears territory that lead a Minnesota 3-point victory?
- Why stick to the Cover-2 when a short pass or running the ball would’ve ended the game?
- How do you allow a reciever to get even CLOSE to a sideline when the team has no timeouts with 6 seconds left?
- With all this recent referee criticsm, isn’t it bullshit that Atlanta’s game clock operator gave their offense a 1-sec or so cushion on the secon-to-last snap? (The same second that allowed Elam to kick the winning field goal). A similar question was fielded in Larry Mayer’s Bears Q&A “Chalk Talk” yesterday:
Can the Bears file a formal protest of Sunday’s loss based on the clock operation in the Georgia Dome? It appeared that the clock conveniently started late on both on the Bears’ squib kickoff and on Atlanta’s 26-yard pass play that set up the field goal.
Well, whatever. They say good teams find a way to win — what does that say about a Bears team whose every loss has been 3 points or less? I’m going crazy just thinking about this. Also note: Jason Elam blew a gimmie field goal earlier in the quarter, and we blew a 4th and goal attempt so… we can’t complain, the Bears had plenty of chances to score and shouldn’t have allowed it to come down to the last second.
Relive the terror (or the glory if you’re reading this in Atlanta / Green Bay).