The Chicago Bears looked primed to take a 21-7 lead into halftime when Chris Boswell’s blocked kick was recovered by Marcus Cooper who made a dash toward the end zone.
Unfortunately, Cooper forgot one very important thing. He forgot to actually get into the end zone:
Cooper D'oh! pic.twitter.com/3nI8uzvDd1
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) September 24, 2017
Cooper lost possession of the ball inside the 1-yard-line as Steelers tight end Vance McDonald raced down the field to catch him and forced the fumble. Jordan Berry, the holder on the play, finished the craziness by batting the ball out of the end zone.
Dude. That is … almost unspeakably bad.
Upon after further review, the officials set the Bears up with the ball inches away from the goal line after the illegal batting penalty. However, a false start penalty by Charles Leno Jr. moved the Bears out of easy touchdown range, leading to a field goal by Connor Barth as time expired.
Here’s hoping this one isn’t decided by four points or fewer …
The Bears took a 14-7 lead prior to Boswell’s field goal attempt when rookie tight end Adam Shaheen scored his first career touchdown:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 24, 2017
Shaheen entered Sunday’s game against the Steelers having played more special teams snaps (30) than offensive snaps (13), but it looks like the No. 3 tight end on the depth chart is making the most of some increased looks today. With Pittsburgh committed to stopping the run, Shaheen caught the touchdown pass from Mike Glennon to give the Bears a 14-7 lead with 43 seconds remaining in the first half. Shaheen’s catch capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive that was heavy on the run – as has been the case for most of the first half.