No. 32 David Montgomery of the Chicago Bears runs for a first down in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field on Sunday.Quinn Harris/Getty Images
The San Francisco 49ers were the beneficiary of an unusual unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Sunday as the Bears’ placeholder learned a hard lesson about the soggy turf at Soldier Field.
The newly laid grass was badly waterlogged after downpours drenched Chicago earlier that morning. Hoping to mitigate the wet turf, rookie punter Trenton Gill grabbed a towel to pat down the spot where he hoped to position the ball for a field goal attempt from the 29-yard line. Instead, Gill was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.