Bears' David Montgomery: 'Home-field advantage' is why Packers got benefit of controversial call at goal line


(670 The Score) Bears running back David Montgomery was supportive of his team’s odd play call to run a quarterback dive out of shotgun on fourth-and-goal from the Packers’ 1-yard line with just more than eight minutes remaining in their game Sunday night.

What he was upset about was the call on the play.

In the aftermath of the officiating crew ruling that Bears quarterback Justin Fields was stopped just inches shy of the goal line, Montgomery traced the Packers getting the beneficial side of a controversial call directly to their home-field advantage at Lambeau Field.

“I (saw) a touchdown,” Montgomery told reporters, according to the Sun-Times. “I was right next to the ball. But, I mean, I wouldn’t expect anything less — we’re not in Soldier Field. Home-field advantage. Next time we’ve just gotta be sure that we put it in, no question marks.”

The Bears trailed 24-10 at the time that Fields was stopped just shy of the goal line on a play that ended any hopes of making a comeback. Officials ruled on the field that Fields was stopped short, a call that was upheld on video replay. Many believed the ball did break the plane on the replay. The Bears ended up losing 27-10.

Montgomery rushed 15 times for 122 yards but didn’t get the ball on the play because the Bears were looking to “outnumber” the Packers in the box on the play by having their quarterback run the ball, coach Matt Eberflus explained later.

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