Steelers beat Bears on Monday Night Football

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


The 2021 NFL season officially reached the midway point on Monday, as Week 9 commenced with a Monday Night Football clash in Pittsburgh between the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers narrowly escaped a Bears comeback, winning the game 29-27 to improve their record to 5-3.

The Steelers looked to be in charge early in the game but Chicago rookie QB Justin Fields exploded in the 4th quarter, erasing a 10 point deficit by putting 21 points on the board in the final frame. Fields led the Bears down the field and delivered a 16-yard TD strike to Darell Mooney with less than two minutes to go to give the Bears their first lead of the game.

Veteran Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger remained unfazed, however, as he in turn quickly led Pittsburgh down the field to set up a 40-yard field goal with only 26 seconds left in the game. The Bears still had a chance to win on a 65 yard field goal attempt, but it fell just short, giving the Steelers their fourth win in a row and head coach Mike Tomlin his 150th career victory.

Chicago fans were furious over a controversial unsportsmanlike conduct call against Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh that may have impacted the outcome of the game. After Marsh sacked Ben Roethlisberger to force a 4th down late in the game, he stared down the Steelers’ bench but did not say anything. He then turned and bumped into head referee Tony Corrente, prompting Corrente to flag Marsh for a taunting penalty and giving the Steelers an automatic first down.

Many Bears fans claim that Corrente intentionally bumped into Marsh to give him ample reason to flag the linebacker.

The Bears now sit at 3-6 on the season in what many sports writers feel is a rebuild for the franchise under its first-year quarterback.