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Bears' Fox defends botched challenge that led to turnover

Bears' Fox defends botched challenge that led to turnover
Published On: Mon, Nov 13
Dec 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears Jay Cutler (6) directs his offense as they play the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Bears coach John Fox won a challenge he wished he would have lost in Sunday afternoons 23-16 loss to the Packers.

Fox challenged that running back Benny Cunningham was not out of bounds at the 2-yard-line with just over eight minutes left in the first half because he thought Cunningham had scored. After consulting with New York, referee Tony Corrente announced that Cunningham had actually lost control of the ball before hitting the pylon and the fumble went out of the end zone to give the Packers the ball on a touchback.

Looking at the review, he did not step out of bounds and started lunging toward the goal line, Corrente said via a pool report distributed by the Bears. As he was lunging toward the goal line, he lost the ball in his right hand first, probably, Im going to guess, 2 feet maybe short of the pylon. As he got even closer, the left hand came off. We had to put together two different angles in order to see both hands losing the football. After he lost it the second time, it went right into the pylon. Which creates a touchback.

Fox said after the game that every indication we had was that he scored and that Cunningham losing the ball never crossed anyones mind.

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