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NFL Confirms Refs Screwed Bears During Week 9 Loss

Isaiah De Los Santos
The NFL has confirmed the refs screwed up during the Chicago Bears' Week 9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The NFL has confirmed the refs screwed up during the Chicago Bears' Week 9 loss to the Miami Dolphins. / (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Chicago Bears were on the wrong end of two controversial plays in Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins. Early in the fourth quarter, safety Eddie Jackson was questionably called for pass interference while covering Jaylen Waddle. Later that period, Chase Claypool was seemingly interfered with in Dolphins territory, but no flag was thrown.

Both plays were key in hurting the Bears' comeback chances. And now the NFL has confirmed Chicago was screwed by the refs during this game.

The league revealed officials mishandled both situations. Jackson should not have been flagged for DPI, meanwhile a penalty should've been called on Miami during Claypool's catch attempt.

The miss on the Claypool play is easily the most frustrating of the two. He was clearly held by Miami cornerback Deion Crossen, which impacted his ability to haul in the deep pass from Justin Fields. If called, the Bears would've gotten the ball just outside of the Dolphins 20-yard line, giving them a golden opportunity to at least tie things up down 35-32.

The penalty on Jackson also helped prolong Miami's drive early in the fourth quarter and run off precious time. Though it didn't lead to any points, it still made Chicago's comeback bid even more difficult.

Hopefully the Bears can avoid any incorrect calls in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions. Chicago heads into that contest as 3-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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