the chicago bears they were driving to San Francisco 49ers‘Territory just before halftime when Chicago lined up for a 47-yard field goal. The Niners’ special teams weren’t the only thing the Bears faced as they lined up for kickoff: Chicago also had to contend with rainy conditions at Soldier Field that helped create a sloppy playing surface that was nearly impossible to spot. play.
As the Bears prepared to kick the field goal, starter and rookie punter Trenton Gill brought out a towel to clean up a spot on the field for the kick. When the ball broke, the referees nullified the play and charged the Bears with a 15-yard penalty for illegal use of towels.
The Bears were forced to punt and the 49ers took a 7-0 lead into halftime. Here’s a look at the work.
Only a franchise as inept as the Bears could receive such a dark penalty.
Here’s a look at the referees calling the penalty:
No one in the stadium could believe what they were seeing:
Trenton Gill unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for bringing a towel onto the field and the #Bears have been removed from the FG rank.
—Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) September 11, 2022
Lol, the illegal towel call in Chicago eliminates an FG opportunity in Chicago.
— Jon Greenberg (@jon_greenberg) September 11, 2022
Bears starter Trenton Gill just received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for bringing a towel onto the field while trying to wipe the kicking area before a field goal attempt.
— Field Yachts (@FieldYates) September 11, 2022
No Fun League strikes again. Bears starter Trenton Gill was called for unsportsmanlike conduct because he, get this, he brought out a towel to clean up the field. Which is more than a little wet.
— Nancy Armor (@nrarmour) September 11, 2022
I’ll start saying “I’d rather wipe a field of soldiers with a towel” every time I don’t want to do something.
— shakeia (@curlyfro) September 11, 2022
Let’s hope there isn’t a serious injury on such a poor playing field. Soldier Field’s grass has been unacceptable for far too long.