In the second quarter Sunday, with the Bears leading Minnesota 16-3, Robbie Gould lined up for an extra point. But instead, holder and punter Adam Podlesh ran the ball into the end zone for a 2-point conversion.
Soldier Field erupted in cheers, but many fans were confused. Why would the Bears "waste" such a great play call in a regular-season game when you're up 16-3? As RedEye learned from Podlesh—with some help from Gould—it turns out there's a great explanation.
Take us through the fake extra point.
Adam Podlesh: I haven't ran the ball on a fake in a very long time, and scoring is something I haven't done since high school. We had [the fake] in our game plan a few times in the weeks past depending on if the team would show a certain look. We knew that Minnesota had a tendency to do that, so we decided to automatically run it if they showed the look again.
What was the look?
AP: It was just an overload on the right side. Minnesota overloaded our right side with double pushers, which is pretty common in the league. We had noticed that when they do that, there's a possibility that we would get a successful fake, which is why we drew it up. We ran it, and it worked.
OK, so my first instinct was, "Why would they show that play on a fake extra point?" What's the thinking behind doing it then?
AP: I think the Bears just didn't want me to score that many points, so they just wanted me to get two. And that's it. [Laughs.]
Robbie Gould: [Chiming in from his neighboring locker] That's exactly right. They just wanted to show your speed.
Am I wrong in looking at that and asking that?
RG: Do you want the real answer?
RG: Yes, you are. You only run it when they give you the right front, you know what I mean? Whenever they give you that opportunity.
So you take it because it's there.