CHICAGO — Trailing the Packers by a touchdown in the second quarter on Sunday at Soldier Field, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw a short pass to running back Benny Cunningham, who barreled toward the end zone.
The Packers defense closed in on Cunningham as he dived for goal line, extending the ball out in front of him. The ball hit the pylon, but the officials ruled Cunningham down just shy of the end zone.
“Honestly, I thought I was in,” Cunningham said.
Bears coach John Fox elected to challenge the play. At best, it was a touchdown and — barring the extra point — a tie game. At worst, it appeared the Bears would have the ball a yard or two short of the end zone.
Replay officials, however, ruled Cunningham lost control of the ball before it struck the pylon. It was effectively a fumble out of the end zone and, therefore, a touchback. The Packers took over at their own 20.
“When I watched the review, I feel like they made the right call,” Cunningham said. “It’s a bad play on my part, but the refs got it right.”