The Chicago Bears were driving into San Francisco 49ers’ territory just before halftime when Chicago lined up for a 47-yard field goal. The Niners’ special teams wasn’t the only thing going against the Bears as they lined up for the kick: Chicago also had to battle rainy conditions at Soldier Field that helped create a sloppy, borderline unplayable playing surface.
As the Bears prepared to kick the field goal, holder and rookie punter Trenton Gill brought out a towel to wipe away a spot on the field for the kick. When the ball was snapped, the officials blew the play dead and called a 15-yard penalty on the Bears for illegal towel use.
The Bears were forced to punt, and the 49ers took a 7-0 lead into halftime. Here’s a look at the play.
Only a franchise as inept as the Bears could get called for such an obscured penalty.
Here’s a look at the refs calling the penalty:
No one at the stadium could believe what they were watching:
Trenton Gill unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for bringing a towel on the field and the #Bears have been knocked out of FG range.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) September 11, 2022
Lol, illegal towel call in Chicago wipes out a FG chance in Chicago.
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) September 11, 2022
Bears holder Trenton Gill was just called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for bringing a towel onto the field while trying to dry the kicking area off before a field goal attempt.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 11, 2022
No Fun League strikes again. Trenton Gill, the Bears holder, flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct because, get this, he brought a towel out to wipe down the field. Which is more than a little wet.
— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) September 11, 2022
gonna start saying “i would rather wipe down soldier field with a towel” whenever i don’t want to do something.
— shakeia (@curlyfro) September 11, 2022
Hopefully there isn’t a serious injury on such a poor playing field. The grass at Soldier Field has been unacceptable for far too long.