Neither the Bears or the Giants had anything to play for Sunday at a frozen Soldier Field. Still, Chicago was clearly more motivated than their opponents from New Jersey. They jumped all over overmatched quarterback Mike Glennon and romped to an easy victory.
The Bears began the onslaught immediately with a Trevis Gipson strip sack on the first play from scrimmage. DT Bilal Nichols scooped up the fumble and returned it 12 yards to the Giants 2. David Montgomery punched in the score on the next play and Chicago was winning just 18 seconds into the game.
Glennon then gave the Bears another gift, this time an interception by Tashaun Gipson, which set them up in the red zone again. Sundays starter Andy Dalton converted a fourth down with a touchdown completion to Darnell Mooney that put the home team up 14-0.
That was pretty much the game for the Giants who looked absolutely horrible Sunday, scratching out only three points. Chicago added a pair of field goals and a safety and led 22-3 at the half. Montgomery picked up a second touchdown and that was the only scoring in the second half of a 29-3 win. (Box score)
Why the Bears Won
They took advantage of a really bad Giants team and pounced on all their mistakes. In fact, New York had just 150 yards of total offense for the day.
The opening touchdown set the tone immediately for what the game would turn out to be. The Bears never looked back from that score.
Stats That Matter
- Andy Dalton was not asked to do much, but he was fine with 173 yards passing and one touchdown.
- Montgomery tried to throw for a touchdown on a jump pass, unfortunately, it was intercepted. He did run for 64 yards and two scores.
- Robert Quinn was able to get a sack to set the single-season Bears record with 18.
Well that was an ugly game all around, in particular for the Giants. The Bears accepted the gift and for a very rare occasion had a no-sweat victory. It doesn’t mean anything with the playoffs off the table, however, getting a win is always fun.
The Bears wrap up the NFL season in Minnesota against the Vikings. The NFL does not announce broadcast and start times for Week 18 games until all the games Sunday have been played so look for that in the coming days.