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Bears Beat Chiefs 19-14 In Matt Eberflus' Debut As Head Coach

The wide receivers took over the spotlight in the Bears' first preseason game.
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The Chicago Bears first preseason game went about exactly as expected while the starters were on the field. Facing the Kansas City Chiefs and former Bears coach Matt Nagy is no easy task. But they executed and gave their starters most of the first half to prepare for the regular season.

The majority of the Bears' players participated in the first preseason game on Saturday. However, there were several notable players absent from the field due to injuries and other issues.

Chicago Bears Injuries/Inactives

  • Velus Jones Jr.
  • Ryan Griffin
  • James O'Shaughnessy
  • Byron Pringle
  • Cole Kmet
  • David Montgomery
  • N'Keal Harry
  • David Moore
  • Lucas Patrick
  • Thomas Graham Jr.
  • Roquan Smith
  • Kyler Gordon
  • Kindle Vildor
  • Duke Shelley
  • Riley Reiff
  • Robert Quinn

Darnell Mooney's Incredible Catch

There wasn't a lot to write home about during the first half of the Chicago Bears first preseason game. But Darnell Mooney took to the sky to prove the naysayers wrong. Halfway through the first quarter, Justin Fields took a deep shot on third down. He found Mooney in nearly double coverage and the third-year wide receiver showed off his athleticism.

The Bears failed to score on this drive, punting the ball back to the Chiefs. But on their next drive, Justin Fields found another wide receiver for a big play and incredible catch.

Tajae Sharpe Showing Athleticism

On third down, again, Justin Fields kept his composure and found the Bears' newly acquired wide receiver, Tajae Sharpe, for an impressive 19-yard gain. Sharpe pulled in the football to complete an incredible catch to keep the drive alive.

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The Bears did not score in the first half and trailed the Chiefs 14-0 at halftime.

Bears' Second Half Highlights

Early in the third quarter, the Chicago Bears got their first takeaway under head coach Matt Eberflus. Lake Zurich's very own, Jack Sanborn, picked off Shane Buechele and brought it to the 27-yard line.

Six plays later, the Chicago Bears finally got on the scoreboard with a 12-yard receiving touchdown by Trestan Ebner.

The rookie running back out of Baylor showed off his speed and agility with nice vision as well on this play. The Bears failed on a two-point conversion and trailed the Chiefs 14-6.

But several drives later, the Bears scored again. This time, Trevor Siemian found Dazz Newsome in the corner of the endzone for a beautiful touchdown.

On the next Kansas City drive, Jack Sanborn's name was called again. He recovered a fumble for the second takeaway of the day. This led to a Cairo Santos field goal and the Chicago Bears' first lead of the day.

Their 16-14 lead over the Chiefs was held until there were about six minutes left in the fourth quarter. Nathan Peterman led the Chicago offense on a drive that ended in another Santos field goal. The Bears scored 19 straight points and led the Chiefs 19-14, which was the final score as the defense stopped Kansas City from mounting a comeback.