With the Chicago Bears leading the Cleveland Browns 31-24 with 2:17 left, backup running back Michael Bush found a hole and got into the clear, scoring a 40-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 38-24 advantage.
Bush could have gone down, taking a knee, instead. The Browns were out of timeouts, so the Bears could have taken three more knees and ended the game.
“I know that I probably needed to go down, the smart play would have been go down and take a knee,” Bush told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “But my plays are limited. I am going to take advantage of the opportunities I have.”
The Browns actually scored with 59 seconds to play to cut the lead to 38-31, but the Bears recovered the onside kick.
“No,” Bush said when he was asked if the coaches told him to go down. “If they did I would have told them, ‘I’m sorry,’ with a smile on my face. It worked out for us.”
On the season, Bush has rushed for just 166 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries.