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Facing the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Bears cost themselves a touchdown thanks to a bone-headed goal-line fumble, then blew a 10-point halftime lead and wound up in overtime.

But Chicago didn’t cave in and seemed to steal a win in OT on a crazy, winding rush from Tarik Cohen, who cut to the sideline, then back across the field, then back to the center of the field for an apparent 73-yard touchdown.

But because this is the Bears we’re talking about, it wasn’t that simple. Officials ruled that Cohen had stepped out of bounds, a call that wasn’t at all clear on replay. Cohen’s rush was sliced in half, from 73 yards to 36, and Chicago’s game-winning score was taken off the board. We would spend some time analyzing different angles of the carry to see whether Cohen’s foot was in or out, but we don’t have to because two plays later, Jordan Howard ended things for real.

This is a really nice win for the Bears, who entered the day 0-2 and were expected to continue as one of the NFL’s weaker teams. And to think, all they had to overcome was a 2-0 opponent, a disastrous mishap, a terrible day from their quarterback (Mike Glennon threw for only 101 yards on 22 attempts) and a game-winning score called back.

Not what you’d call an easy win, but they’ll certainly take it.

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