The Bears welcomed the Detroit Lions to Soldier Field on Sunday hoping for a win. Chicago appeared to be well on their way to a victory before a late collapse cost them dearly.
The Bears opened the game with a long drive that resulted in a Cairo Santos field goal. Detroit answered right back with their own field goal to tie the score.
Jared Goff completed a touchdown pass to Brock Wright on 4th and goal to give the Lions a 10-3 second quarter lead. Justin Fields responded by leading his team on touchdown drive before halftime, finishing it with another highlight reel run.
Chicago started the third quarter on fire, moving right down the field for a go-ahead Cole Kmet TD catch. On the next series, Fields went deep for Kmet on a play-action pass and hit it for a 50-yard score and a 24-10 advantage.
At that point, disaster struck for the home team. Several Bears penalties led to a RB D’Andre Swift touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Then Chicago’s young quarterback made a rare mistake, trying to complete a screen pass under pressure he floated one that defensive back Jeff Okudah intercepted and returned for a game-tying touchdown.
Fields once again bounced back after a mistake and broke out another incredible 67-yard touchdown run to put the Bears back on top. Unfortunately, Cairo Santos shanked the extra point and the Lions would make it really hurt.
Detroit drove late in the game and Jamaal Williams ran in a touchdown with about two minutes left to put his team ahead by one. Justin Fields attempted to win the game but despite a tremendous individual effort, he came up short and Chicago lost. (Box score)
Why the Bears Lost
There is no sugarcoating this game, the Bears should have won. The defense completely melted down in the fourth quarter allowing Detroit to take the lead.
The pick-six was a big moment in the game but you have to go with Santos’ shanked point after. If he makes it the game goes to overtime and who knows what happens from there.
Stats That Matter
- It was another unbelievable game for Justin Fields. He threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns while running for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He has run for more yards in a five game stretch than any quarterback in NFL history.
- Kmet had four catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns. It’s good to see him breaking out with four TDs the last three games played. He did appear to injure his leg late in the game, hopefully it’s not serious.
- It was yet another game the Bears were able to run for over 250 yards as a team.
Sunday’s game was another prime example of the complete lack of talent placed around Justin Fields this season. The dynamic quarterback did incredible work to give his team a chance to win and again they failed to come through. General manager Ryan Poles needs to add a bunch of impact players around his franchise player so his incredible talent is not wasted.
Chicago heads down to Atlanta on November 20 to take on the Falcons at 12:00pm CT on FOX.