Justin Fields made wrong read on busted 2-pt try

The Bears did well to fight back from a 28-7 deficit to give themselves an opportunity to pull within three points of the Cowboys with a touchdown partway through the third quarter. They showed resilience to keep soldiering on when other teams may have packed it in at halftime. But both the Bears’ comeback trail and Justin Fields were squashed on the team’s two-point try following that third-quarter score.

At first, the play looked like a protection breakdown as Demarcus Lawrence, one of the Cowboys’ top pass rushers, was completely unblocked on the big sack. After the game, however, Matt Eberflus revealed it was Fields who made the mistake.
The play was a run-pass option, and Fields should have handed the ball off instead of keeping the ball.
“He read it the other way,” Eberflus said. “Then, just gotta throw it at that point.”
Fields agreed, and reiterated that once he made the mistake he needed to make sure he got the ball out of his hands. He also explained that he made the mistake in the first place, because of how the Cowboys disguised their pressure. It’s a moment for Fields to file away in his rolodex of NFL experience so that he’s better prepared in the future. It’s also a moment the Bears want to see less of in the future.

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