Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE
Antoine Winfield took issue with a crucial pass interference call that essentially gave the Bears a touchdown and extended their lead, which proved insurmountable for Minnesota.
Midway through the second quarter on Sunday, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler fired a pass to Brandon Marshall in the endzone. The attempt was broken up by Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield, but there was a flag on the play--defensive pass interference.
The penalty moved the Bears to the one-yard line, allowed them to score a touchdown and extend their lead from 10-3 to 18-3.
The pass interference penalty proved costly, but in the minds of those who saw the replay, and certainly in the mind on Winfield, interference was called on the wrong party. According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500, Winfield was anxious to see the replay for himself.
"It looked like a post-up, but he had his arm on me," said Winfield..."I'm getting a lot of texts saying, 'Well, it looked like he pushed you down! Even the announcers said it!' But as a DB, we don't get much love out here. It's an offensive game."
Head coach Leslie Frazier also took issue with the call, saying he "thought Antoine was in great position."