'Monday Night Football' live updates: Highlights, stats, penalties, analysis as Steelers hold off Bears in 29-27 win – The Athletic

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The Pittsburgh Steelers earned a 29-27 win against the Chicago Bears in a strange, penalty-filled nail-biter on "Monday Night Football."

This live blog features, news, coverage, analysis and more from The Athletic's NFL staff, including Adam Jahns and Kevin Fishbain on the Bears and Ed Bouchette and Mark Kaboly on the Steelers, throughout tonight's game.

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Pittsburgh 29, Chicago 27 — FINAL | BOX SCORE

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November 9, 2021 at 9:57 AM EST
Pittsburgh won its fourth consecutive game, and the Bears lost their fourth in a row. But it's the Steelers who seem to feel worse about Monday night's performance.

As Mark Kaboly writes:

… after what they did at Heinz Field over the final 30 minutes on Monday in a 29-27 win over the Bears, do you see the Steelers as AFC North contenders?
Me neither.
You can’t minimize the Steelers finding ways to win in the final moments against the Broncos, Seahawks, Browns and now the Bears over the past month. They needed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to lead his 51st career regular-season game-winning drive to beat the Bears, but it never should have come to that.
And …
The Steelers need to be better across the board if they think they are going to be a playoff team.

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Kaboly’s 10 observations: Steelers are finding ways to win, but they will need more later
November 9, 2021 at 9:52 AM EST
When Justin Fields stepped onto the field with 26 seconds left and with no timeouts at his disposal, you felt the Bears still had a chance. That feeling itself should matter, too. The same wasn’t true for other recent Bears quarterbacks.
“When (the Steelers) scored and kicked that field goal, went up six, there was a really pretty neat moment of just looking on the sideline,” coach Matt Nagy said. “You could feel it from the players. Like, ‘OK, we fought back to get to this point where a touchdown wins it.’ And then I looked over at Justin and he had this smile on his face, where it was like it was his time.
“The confidence that gives you as a coach when you see that, it was like he was almost hoping that this was going to be the situation. And then for him to follow through with that and make those plays that he made, it was a really, really good feeling on that sideline.”
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‘It’s time’: Rookie QB Justin Fields makes major leap in the Bears’ loss to the Steelers
November 9, 2021 at 9:50 AM EST
A Bears observer for many years, Dan Pompei assesses the team's performance vs. Pittsburgh. Among his thoughts:
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Despite Bears’ loss, there’s a lot to like about Justin Fields’ growth: Postgame Pompei
November 9, 2021 at 2:26 AM EST
Let’s go through the weird, the confusing, the exhilarating and the heartbreaking moments for the Bears in the final 30 minutes of the Steelers’ 29-27 win.

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Cassius Marsh’s taunting, Justin Fields’ touchdown pass highlight wild finish to Bears’ fourth consecutive loss
November 9, 2021 at 1:03 AM EST
Referee Tony Corrente spoke to a pool reporter after the game about a series of questionable calls during the game. That transcription is below.

One of the most controversial calls involved a taunting penalty levied against Bears edge rusher Cassius Marsh after he sacked Ben Roethlisberger (photo above). The play was going to saddle the Steelers with a fourth down, but instead the 15-yard penalty gave Pittsburgh a first down. It went on to end the drive with a made field goal.

Afterward Marsh said, “I think that one was just bad timing. It’s pretty clear to everybody who saw it that I wasn’t taunting. I’ve been doing the celebration my whole career. It’s just sad to see stuff like that happen in a close game like that."

He added that Corrente “hip checked” him as he went to the sideline and that a player would get ejected for initiating contact.

“I just think that was incredibly inappropriate."

Fellow defender Roquan Smith said of the penalty on Marsh: “I thought it was a BS call."

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Here is the full pool report with referee Tony Corrente after the #Bears-Steelers game: pic.twitter.com/nvAQODIFlZ
November 9, 2021 at 12:00 AM EST
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is the 20th coach to reach 150 wins.
With tonight’s win, Coach Tomlin became the 20th head coach in NFL history to reach 150 career wins.

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November 8, 2021 at 11:58 PM EST
Chicago kicker Cairo Santos came up just a few yards short on a potential 65-yard game winning field goal at the end of the fourth quarter and the Steelers held on for a 29-27 victory in the Week 9 “Monday Night Football” game.

The Bears had taken the lead with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard strike from Justin Fields to Darnell Mooney, but Ben Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh to a seven-play, 52-yard drive to set up a 40-yard field goal by Chris Boswell to give the Steelers the lead.

The contest was filled with controversial penalties, including a taunting call against Cassius Marsh that kept a Steelers field goal drive alive in the fourth quarter. All totaled the game had 17 penalties for 145 yards, including 12 for 115 against Chicago and five for 30 against Pittsburgh.

Fields had by far his best day as the Bears quarterback, as he threw for a season high 291 yards and added eight rushes for 45 yards.

Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth was another rookie who had a breakout performance, as he tallied five catches for 43 yards and two touchdowns.

T.J. Watt was the defensive star of the game, as he racked up seven tackles, three quarterback hits, three tackles for loss, and a pass defensed. In addition, Watt collected three sacks to give him a league leading 11.5 sacks this season.

Chicago (3-6) is on a bye in Week 10. Pittsburgh (5-3) hosts Detroit next week.

(Photo: Charles LeClaire / USA Today)
Big Ben was stressed during the final 26 seconds 😅

The Steelers pull out a close one on #MNF ‼️ pic.twitter.com/lf9oVR4ULZ
November 8, 2021 at 11:38 PM EST
Cairo Santos misses a potential game winning 65-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter and Pittsburgh holds on for the win.
Steelers win after the 65-yard FG attempt falls short. #CHIvsPIT pic.twitter.com/EXxiq2n09Q
November 8, 2021 at 11:31 PM EST
Roethlisberger’s keeper comes up just short of a first down but Chris Boswell hits a 40-yard field goal to put Pittsburgh up 29-27.
Boswell. Clutch.@Steelers take the lead with 26 seconds left. #HereWeGo

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Big Ben on the read option 😳

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November 8, 2021 at 11:21 PM EST
The Bears torch Steelers cornerback Arthur Maulet on consecutive passes to take the lead.
Fields to Robinson on 3rd & 2! #DaBears

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CLUTCH @justnfields 🤝 @Darnell_M1 #CHIvsPIT | #DaBears pic.twitter.com/JeHgxKX4r3
Great throw by Fields! 💪🏾
November 8, 2021 at 11:16 PM EST
The Bears have 11 penalties for 110 yards to the Steelers' two for 15.

These refs throwing terrible towels tonight
November 8, 2021 at 11:13 PM EST
After all of the penalties and the like, Chris Boswell hits a 52-yard field goal to put Pittsburgh up 26-20. Bears are driving.

2:47 for Justin Fields.

Here we go.
November 8, 2021 at 11:07 PM EST
Differing opinions from The Athletic’s writers on a taunting call on Cassius Marsh.
Just outrageous.
What a dummy
Maybe the MNF crew should mention that Marsh was cut by the Steelers 2 months ago and was probably letting them know they made a mistake
November 8, 2021 at 10:58 PM EST
Ray Ray McCloud has taken some grief for not protecting the ball and that penchant leads to a Chicago scoop and score for a Bears touchdown to make the score 23-20 Steelers.
The @ChicagoBears take the punt all the way to the HOUSE. #DaBears

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As we all expected, DeAndre Houston-Carson’s fumble return touchdown on a punt keeps the Bears’ hopes alive.

Steelers 23, Bears 20
November 8, 2021 at 10:55 PM EST
T.J. Watt’s sack puts him into the league lead in that category.
Your new league leader in sacks: @_TJWatt

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November 8, 2021 at 10:51 PM EST
A blown block by Kendrick Green led to a Roquan Smith sack that shut down Pittsburgh’s drive. Pressley Harvin’s punt went to the end zone, so Chicago starts on its own 20-yard line with 7:58 left in the 4th quarter.
Kendrick Green is having a rough night
There goes that man. 😎@RoquanSmith1 | #CHIvsPIT pic.twitter.com/UBvZw1npzc
November 8, 2021 at 10:45 PM EST
The second Pat Freiermuth touchdown was into a very tight window.
Ben Roethlisberger & Pat Freiermuth (10-yd TD)

Freiermuth had just 0.5 yards of separation from #22 Kindle Vildor when the ball arrived, Roethlisberger's smallest window on a TD since Week 9, 2016 (AB 23-yd TD)

🔹 Completion Probability: 25.4%#StatThat | Powered by @awscloud pic.twitter.com/KcOLe6gcMG
November 8, 2021 at 10:44 PM EST
The Steelers played Renegade right before that kickoff and it leads to karma being on Pittsburgh’s side, as Jakeem Grant fumbles the kickoff and the ball is recovered by Steelers kicker Chris Boswell.
IT WORKED!!!
BOSWELL RECOVERS HIS OWN KICKOFF. #HereWeGo

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November 8, 2021 at 10:35 PM EST
The Bears won't let history deter them from attempting a comeback. A long pass to Jimmy Graham sets up a Darnell Mooney 15-yard rushing score to close the gap to 20-13.

Potentially relevant stat: The Bears have scored more than 7 points in the 4th quarter only once this season (13 points against the Bengals). They’ve been shut out in the fourth quarter four times.
Darnell Mooney takes a handoff 15 yards for the TD! #DaBears

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Fields. STRIKE. #DaBears

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November 8, 2021 at 10:26 PM EST
The Steelers extend their lead on this Pat Freiermuth catch — his second score of the night. Chris Boswell missed the PAT, though.
We know he already has a touchdown…

But he would like another one.@pat_fry5 | 📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/K1VHTRuFIQ

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