Monday Night Football: Steelers edge Bears in controversial contest to continue winning streak

    Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth celebrates his touchdown with teammate wide receiver Diontae Johnson against the Chicago Bears.

    (CNN)The Pittsburgh Steelers survived a late Chicago Bears comeback attempt to chalk up a fourth successive win with a 29-27 victory on a Monday Night Football marked by a highly controversial penalty call.

    A series of contentious flags marked a game that -- at 20-6 in the third quarter -- had looked set to be a comfortable home victory for the Steelers, but an inspired fourth quarter performance from Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields left the hosts facing a shock turnaround.
    The Steelers retook the lead for the final time through Chris Boswell's 40-yard field goal 26 seconds from time but were still forced to endure a nail-biting potential 65-yard game winning kick from Bears kicker Cairo Santos.
      To Pittsburgh's relief, Santos' kick dropped just short -- securing the win and making it 19 straight victories at Heinz Field for the Steelers when playing on a Monday night.
        Bears tight end Jimmy Graham failing to make a catch in front of Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton during the first half.

        'Incredibly inappropriate'

        Despite these dramatic final moments, it was a particular fourth-quarter sack on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that dominated much of the coverage -- the subject of one of several controversial calls during the game.
          With the Steelers leading 23-20, Cassius Marsh of the Bears was penalized for taunting by referee Tony Corrente following his third-down sack on Roethlisberger -- giving the Steelers a first down and an eventual field goal -- and Marsh subsequently claimed he was "hip-checked" by Corrente moments before he was flagged.
          "On my way to the sideline, I got hip-checked by the ref. It's pretty clear," Marsh said after the game.
          "If I was to do that to a ref or even touch a ref, we get kicked out of the game and possibly suspended and fined. I just think that that was incredibly inappropriate.
          "I think that one was just bad timing. It's pretty clear to everybody who saw it that I wasn't taunting.
          "I've been doing the celebration my whole career. It's just sad to see stuff like that happen in a close game like that."
          Roethlisberger dives for the first down past Trevis Gipson during the fourth quarter.
          Corrente spoke to a pool reporter after the game to explain his decisions.
          "First of all, keep in mind that taunting is a point of emphasis this year," Corrente said.
          "And with that said, I saw the player, after he made a big play, run towards the bench area of the Pittsburgh Steelers and posture in such a way that I felt he was taunting them."