Bears holder called for unsportsmanlike conduct for trying to dry soggy field with towel

Chicago Bears holder Trenton Gill has given football fans something they've probably never seen before.

Against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Gill was out on the field to hold the ball for a Bears field goal attempt before the end of the first half. He brought a towel out with him and started sopping up the water in the area around the ball. Apparently that's not allowed, so he was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

According to the NFL rulebook, a player can clear snow from around the kicking area, but only with his hands — no towels allowed. Since there was no snow on the field, we can assume that the referees applied this rule to rain, even though rain can't normally be moved by hands alone.

That penalty took the Bears out of field-goal range, which prevented them from putting up their first points of the game. They went into the half losing 7-0 to the Niners.

They rallied later to defeat the Niners, 19-10.

Rain drowns Soldier Field

A towel was needed on the field due to the enormous amounts of rain that were dumped on the Chicago area on Sunday. Here's what it looked like around two hours before kickoff.

The field crew did some squeegeeing, dumping the water off the field and directly on the sidelines.

Shock of all shocks, the sidelines didn't look that good after gallons upon gallons of water were poured on it.

The lines were redrawn shortly before kickoff and the field actually didn't look that bad.

Unfortunately, the field remained pretty wet.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: A general view of Soldier Field is seen during a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears on September 11, 2022 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
It was incredibly wet at Soldier Field when the Bears took on the 49ers. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) (Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)