Hey, John Fox: Beware NFL replay reviews

Aubrey Yates
November 13, 2017

Running back Bennie Cunningham converted a first-down on a pass from Mitchell Trubisky when he escaped down the right sideline for 23 yards.

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox likely regrets using this challenge. He thought Cunningham might have scored and threw the challenge flag. The replay appeared to show Cunningham breaking the plane with the ball, so John Fox challenged the spot in an attempt to get the call switched to a touchdown.

But upon further review, officials said Cunningham lost control of the football before it made contact with the pylon, and referee Tony Corrente ruled the play a touchback and awarded the ball to Green Bay at the 20-yard line. Because Cunningham lost control of the ball before reaching the goal line, it's a fumble.

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So Fox clearly made a mistake by challenging the ruling on the field, but the officiating office may have made a mistake by reversing the ruling on the field. But if you want to describe a worse-case replay scenario - seek a touchdown, get stuck with a turnover - that one was it.

Two weeks ago, we thought we'd seen the most embarrassing National Football League coach's challenge ever.

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