They wouldn't say it on the record, but Bears players admitted they got away with one in their 19--14 victory over the Lions. After Matt Forte put Chicago up with 1:32 left, Detroit marched 58 yards and was at Chicago's 25-yard line with 31 seconds to play. Quarterback Shaun Hill then hit wideout Calvin Johnson
(above) in the end zone to give the Lions the lead. But the officials ruled the pass incomplete—not because Johnson didn't have possession (he clearly did), but because he let go of the ball when he got up to celebrate. The refs were invoking an arcane rule that says the receiver "must maintain control of the ball after he touches the ground." So let's get this straight: Johnson leaps over a defender, makes the catch, taps down both feet, extends the ball away from his body with one hand, slides on his backside in the end zone ... and it's not a catch because he dropped the ball while getting up? Ridiculous. (The Lions' rally ended after two more incompletions.) Rules are rules, but it's wrong—even cowardly—for the NFL and its officials to ignore common sense and adhere to the letter of the law in cases like this. The competition committee needs to make that clear when it meets in the off-season to review potential rules changes.