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I guess you could say we’re even

September 13, 2010 - Ron Deuter
I’m sure Lions fans will be steaming for some time on the way Sunday’s season-opener at Chicago ended, and rightfully so. Even as a Bears fan, I can’t really argue that Calvin Johnson didn’t make an amazing game-winning touchdown catch.

But a rule is a rule, so they say.

Listen, I can certainly empathize with the Lions fans. Afterall, us Bears fans have been there before. In fact, some of the Lions fans may even remember this one.

It was December 26, 2004 at Ford Field. The Bears were trailing the Lions 19-13 with 1:26 left in the game. Bears quarterback Chad Hutchinson threw what appeared to be a 43-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian.

The Bears celebrated. Replays clearly showed Berrian catching the ball, getting both feet in bounds on the side of the endzone. But the pass was ruled incomplete. Referee Terry McAulay announced the ball was moving when Berrian hit the ground.

In went to review, after which time McAulay upheld the ruling on the field, stating,”After review, as the receiver was going to the ground on his own, the ball moved when he hit the ground. It is an incomplete pass as ruled on the field."

Sound somewhat familiar?

"I was shocked," said Detroit's Jason Hanson to the AP after the game. "I thought for sure they were going to call it a touchdown, but I'm not going to complain."

Steve Mariucci, head coach of the Lions at the time, agreed, saying "I thought it might've been a touchdown like you did."

So I suppose it’s true what they say about what goes around, comes around. Even if it takes six years.

 
 

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