Second-guessing the call before The Call

October, 12, 2008
10/12/08
3:45
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

ATLANTA -- It's easy to second-guess Chicago coach Lovie Smith's decision to go for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal here with 7:59 remaining.

The Bears are down, 19-10, meaning a field goal and a touchdown could win the game for them. Doesn't matter what order the scores come in. But if I had to second-guess anything, the first thing would be giving the ball to anyone other than tailback Matt Forte on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

Instead, the Bears handed it to fullback Jason McKie. (It looked like Kevin Jones, but the official play-by-play credits the carry to McKie.)

Forte had been rolling on the drive and you would have thought he would be the hot hand. We'll see if the Bears can regain possession quickly. I'll be back with you at the final gun and then again a few hours later.

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