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NFL Officials Reportedly Admitted To Critical Mistake

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23: A detail of the uniform and whistle of an NFL referee as he oversees the action between the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Texans defeated the Broncos 31-25. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Few NFL games this season, if any, featured more questionable officiating calls than last Monday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears.

There were several highly questionable calls in that Monday contest, when the Steelers beat the Bears, 29-27.

Bears quarterback Justin Fields was on the receiving end of some questionable officiating decisions. He made it clear postgame that he wasn't happy.

The NFL has reportedly admitted that mistakes were made.

According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, members of the league's officiating department admitted that at least three poor calls were made.

"Members of the NFL's officiating department privately acknowledged that officials erred on at least three critical calls and non-calls that went against the Bears on Monday night," he reported.


From the report:

But privately, members of the NFL's officiating department who reviewed the game acknowledged that referee Tony Corrente and his crew erred on at least three separate critical calls and non-calls that went against Chicago in that 29-27 loss -- including a low block penalty on the Bears that nullified a Justin Fields touchdown pass, sources familiar with the league's thinking said.

Officials also missed multiple penalties by the Steelers, including a late hit on Fields that would've given the Bears first-and-goal on the same third-quarter drive and offsides by multiple Steelers on Cairo Santos' 65-yard field goal attempt that fell short as time expired.

Hopefully the NFL can re-assess its taunting penalties this offseason. The league wanted to more strictly enforce taunting this year, but it's clear that the league has gone too far.

The rules need to be tweaked.