This Sunday the Chicago Bears will travel south to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bears come into this matchup at 7-7 with playoff hopes alive. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are in the driver’s seat for the first overall draft pick with a 1-13 record.
The Bears and Jaguars don’t have a long history. Jacksonville’s football franchise came into existence in 1993. However, their inaugural season took place in 1995 and since then these two teams have met only seven times. The Bears sport a 4-3-0 advantage over the Jaguars.
|1||Oct 15, 1995||Sun||W||Chicago Bears||@||Jacksonville Jaguars||30||27||boxscore|
|2||Sep 6, 1998||Sun||L||Chicago Bears||Jacksonville Jaguars||23||24||boxscore|
|3||Jan 6, 2002||Sun||W||Chicago Bears||Jacksonville Jaguars||33||13||boxscore|
|4||Dec 12, 2004||Sun||L||Chicago Bears||@||Jacksonville Jaguars||3||22||boxscore|
|5||Dec 7, 2008||Sun||W||Chicago Bears||Jacksonville Jaguars||23||10||boxscore|
|6||Oct 7, 2012||Sun||W||Chicago Bears||@||Jacksonville Jaguars||41||3||boxscore|
|7||Oct 16, 2016||Sun||L||Chicago Bears||Jacksonville Jaguars||16||17||boxscore|
The day was Sunday, October 16th, 2016 — Week 6 of the NFL season. The John Fox-led Bears touted a 1-4 record. Meanwhile, Jacksonville came into the contest at 1-3. The quarterbacks that day were Blake Bortles (JAX) and Brian Hoyer (CHI). Hoyer started in place of Jay Cutler, who had to miss time due to a thumb injury. The game also saw a familiar face on the opposite sideline. A soon-to-be Chicago Bear, Allen Robinson, suited up for the Jaguars.
Seeing that it was Bears vs. Jaguars. the game got off to a start only fit for two mediocre teams. Chicago began with the ball and saw their offense stall. The Bears punted and a Bortles-led Jacksonville offense drove 84 yards down the field on 12 plays only to throw an interception in the end zone. The pass was intended for Allen Robinson, who hauled in two catches for 34 yards on their opening drive.
Next, Chicago responded with an 11-play, 58-yard drive that resulted in a Connor Barth field goal. Following a Jacksonville punt, the Bears were on the prowl. A long, methodical drive consisting of 16 plays and 86 yards netted the Bears seven points as Jordan Howard applied the finishing touch by finding the end zone.
The two teams exchanged punts before Bortles took a knee to head into halftime with the Bears leading 10-0.
As the second half got underway, things were pretty uneventful. The Bears and Jaguars exchanged five straight punts with very little offense. There was only one first down – by the Bears — in those five offensive possessions. Nevertheless, the Chicago offense finally got something going when they pieced together a 74-yard drive on 11 plays and kicked a field goal. Down, 13-0 the Jaguars responded with a quick 75-yard touchdown drive that only took five plays.
Following a Bears punt, the defense got to Blake Bortles and recorded a strip-sack. The offense took over with excellent field position but only gained 14 yards on six plays before settling for to measly field goal once again.
Shortly after, things unraveled for Chicago. Jacksonville responded with a field goal of their own to make it 16-10. The Bears then went three-and-out and punted the ball back to the Jaguars. In true Bears’ letdown fashion, the Jaguars took their first lead on a 51-yard touchdown pass by Bortles. The Jacksonville drive spanned four plays and went 78 yards.
Ultimately, the Bears got one last shot to win the game. As fate would have it, Chicago’s offensive drive stalled out just outside of Barth’s field-goal range. A turnover on downs lent the ball back to the Jaguars to seal the deal.
The Bears fell victim to Blake Bortles and the Jaguars by the score of 17-16. The most painful part of it all was the fact that they had a 13-0 lead going into halftime.
This time around, the outcome should be much different. The eighth ever meeting between the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars will get underway on Sunday, December 27th, 2020 at 12:00 PM CT. The game will be broadcast on CBS. For a preview of the matchup and further Bears analysis and commentary, tune in to the latest episode of the Bears On Tap podcast.
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