Eddie Jackson on the officiating in Bears' loss to Lions: 'Some of the calls were kind of BS'


CHICAGO (670 The Score) – Bears rookie linebacker Jack Sanborn appeared to have a pivotal interception early in the fourth quarter that could’ve all but sealed a victory for his team Sunday, but it was negated by a penalty on a game-changing play in Chicago’s eventual 31-30 loss to Detroit.

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With Chicago leading 24-10, Sanborn’s interception was wiped out by Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson being flagged for illegal hands to the face – despite a replay appearing to show that Johnson made contact with Lions receiver Trinity Benson’s chest. The Lions scored a touchdown soon after as part of their 21-point fourth quarter in the comeback win, while the officiating left the Bears frustrated in their locker room following the loss.

“We already know how the calls go,” Bears safety Eddie Jackson said. “We can’t do nothing about that. We got to stay disciplined and do our job. I feel like some of the calls were kind of BS. But in the end, we got to leave no doubt. We got to come in, do what we have to do, put ourselves in those types of situations, especially with a 14-point lead.

“I heard it was a bad call,” Jackson added of that particular penalty on Johnson. “Another week of it.”

Bears coach Matt Eberflus declined to comment on the pivotal penalty called against Johnson.

The Bears were penalized nine time for 86 yards in their loss to the Lions, who were called for two infractions that cost them 15 yards.

It marked the second consecutive week the Bears were upset by the officiating in a close loss. In a 35-32 loss to Miami on Nov. 6, Chicago was frustrated when officials didn’t call defensive pass interference on the Dolphins on a late deep ball to Bears receiver Chase Claypool. Had it been called, it would’ve put the Bears in range for a game-tying field-goal attempt and also allowed them to continue a push for a go-ahead touchdown.

The Bears fell to 3-7 with their loss to the Lions on Sunday. It was their sixth loss in the past seven games.

"We can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot," Jackson said. "I'm tired of getting up here and saying the same thing every week. It's becoming repetitive.

"I'm just tired of sounding like a broken record, week in and week out. We got to do our jobs. We got to be better on defense."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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