To some NFL followers, there are few meaningless touchdowns. The Bears appeared to attain one Sunday of their wild-card playoff sport loss to the Saints, however these followers knew in a different way.

They had been giddy at the potential for a January miracle after the TD. Then the NFL rulebook hit and crushed their hopes.

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Translation: The Bears might have lined the purpose unfold in the event that they had been capable of go for 2 after scoring with no time remaining within the fourth quarter.

Chicago took the clock all the way in which right down to zero as Mitchell Trubisky related with Jimmy Graham on a wild landing move that lower the Bears’ deficit to 21-9. Pregame betting on the competition closed with the Saints favored by 11.

A number of years in the past, the Bears would have been capable of try a PAT kick to make it an 11-point sport, giving Chicago bettors a push, or to go for 2 to make it a 10-point sport, giving these bettors an opportunity at an unbelievable win.

Neither occurred Sunday as a result of the NFL modified the rule for end-of-game conversions following Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs’ walk-off landing vs. the Saints within the 2018 playoffs. The groups in that sport had been known as out of the locker room for one untimed play. The Vikings (-5.5) took a knee to finish a five-point win.

Rule 4, Part 8, Article 2(c) of the rulebook lays out the brand new situations:

(c) If a landing is made on the final play of a interval, the Attempt try shall be made (besides throughout a sudden-death interval, or
if a landing is scored throughout a down by which time within the fourth interval expires, and a profitable Attempt wouldn’t have an effect on the
consequence of the sport).

The league acknowledged what occurred with a tweet on the NFL Officiating account.

Not all Bears backers had been bummed about what occurred. Those that added factors to the unfold as a part of multiteam teasers picked up an enormous backdoor W.

Favorites had been 2-Zero towards the unfold in Sunday’s afternoon video games after underdogs lined all three wild-card video games Saturday. The Ravens (-3.5) cashed on the Titans within the first sport.