Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) stretches before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears get flagged for late hit on Aaron Rodgers that wasn't a late hit (GIF)


The NFC North border battle that is raging in Chicago between the Bears and Packers is for all the marbles in the division, but that doesn’t mean that things are going smoothly for anyone. Aaron Rodgers has returned to the lineup but he’s played a sloppy first had so far, but not as sloppy as the officiating so far in the game.

Rodgers is coming back from a broken collarbone — perhaps too soon — and it’s hard to think that this isn’t factoring into the officiating of the game, especially after Bears defensive end Shea McClellin was called for a late hit that in no way shape or form appeared to be a late or illegal hit.

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Fans watching the game were in unison in calling out the bad call, well at least the Bears fans were.

What say you, was it a bad call by officials protecting Rodgers or are Bears fans just making a big deal out of nothing?

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  • Shaun M Tatarka

    Horrible call. Led to field goal. Ref should be fined.

    • thetruth

      They were already in range.

      • Shaun M Tatarka

        True but if I am a Bears fan–and I am not–I don’t mind Norman Crosby trying a 49-yarder as opposed to a 32-yarder. Plus that call just puts the whole league in a bad light. Count how many times you see that play in EVERY game you watch. You’ll see it at least 6 times.

        • thetruth

          Really you must be watching a different league? When does a QB go to the ground and gets hit then a second guy comes in and hits him again?

          • Shaun M Tatarka

            I watched Christian Ponder get hit EXACTLY Like that-possibly worse at least a half dozen times this year with no flag. Rogers and Brady have gotten that BS call for years. And I notice how you mention QB –where is it in the rule book that a late hit on a QB (with the ball in his hand) is any different than any other position? As I said, I see QBs get hit a second time once a game and no flag–You see it on damn never every running play when it’s a RB that gets hit a millisecond after he hits the ground and no call. BTW–What is the headline of this article?

  • Dennis Simpson

    I am a Lions fan (I know ) anyways, this was a horrible call, and it cost the Bears the division.

    • toddbook

      No, that didn’t cause the Bears the division. Each team had bad calls against them. And actually there was no need for the second defender to pile on Rodgers. The first already tackled him, the second had a choice to lay up and didn’t.

    • thetruth

      Big suprise a Lions fan would think this is not a dirty hit. You have been watching the dirtiest team in the league.

      • Dennis Simpson

        Lol, wrong, but it was not a dirty hit. I would love to see you stop yourself in mid air. You must be a New England fan, if someone looks at the QB it is a penalty. If the QB can’t take it, then they shouldn’t play in the NFL. Also, just because the refs through flags for imaginary penalties does not make a team dirty.

        • jim

          cmon man, did you honestly watch the video? Rodgers went down on his own, then 2 players piled on afterwards, rolling their bodies into him. It was certainly intentional
          watch the video

          • Shaun M Tatarka

            Typically, tackling is intentional yes. A second hit occurs on 90% of all tackles, and a good portion of those are when the guy is on the ground. It’s close but if that were Eddy Lacy, do you think they would have called it? No way.

    • Shaun M Tatarka

      I am a VIKING fan who hates the Bears. It was a bad call though. In slow-mo you CAN make the argument that he could have laid up, but if they call that–you could call it on 80% of all running plays. And passing QB’s should NOT be treated differently than RBs (when they keep the ball). But please, at 7-9 the Lions would have trailed the Bears (if they won), and as result, would not have won the division. Plus, this crappy call wasn’t the only reason the Bears lost this game.

  • thetruth

    Oh so the new rule is after the QB is hit and knocked down a second guy can come in hit him as well. This would have been called against any team.

  • Mike Smith

    This would have only been called against aaron rodgers peyton manning or tom brady terrible call green bay fans wont admit that because they know they escaped and were given tje game by bad officiating…this article doesnt mention the bad punt call that should have been downed at the one and the defensive holding call against chicago that led to a field goal if the nfl has anything to do with it rodgers will always get these calls and its a shame

    • Shaun M Tatarka

      I’ve seen teams do that to the Viking QBs every single game. (or most games). No flag. Nor does anyone even expect a flag. You are right on Mike.