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The Chicago Bears had multiple chances to open this game up but could not put together a consistent offense to do so. Justin Fields made several high-quality throws but ultimately struggled to lead the Bears' offense to a game-winning drive. Rookie receiver Velus Jones Jr. had a costly mistake and the Bears' defense couldn't stop New York's high-caliber running back.

Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants Recap

When the Bears traveled to New York to take on a Giants team fresh off their first loss of the season, many fans expected a mildly even matchup. What we got was a sloppy display of football, a bit of luck, and a terrible, costly mistake.

First Half

Darnell Mooney caught his first target of the day early and for a large gain. The Bears were driving and Justin Fields took a late hit but got right back up, proving his toughness. On third down, Fields missed Dante Pettis resulting in a fourth down.

The recently signed kicker, Michael Badgley, nailed his first field goal of the day. The Bears led 3-0.

On the Giants' ensuing drive, Daniel Jones rushed for a 21-yard touchdown and stole the lead away from the Bears. When the Bears got the ball next, Fields found Darnell Mooney for a huge 51-yard gain off of play action.

But their offense was stopped short and they settled for another field goal, cutting the Giants' lead to only one point.

The defense stepped up by making a quality stop and gave Chicago the ball back. Justin Fields took a big sack causing a third down with 20 yards to go. But a well-executed screen pass to Khalil Herbert and a gain of 23 yards kept the drive alive.

Then, Justin Fields lost the football and New York recovered it. Saquon Barkley ran right through the Bears' defense setting up the Giants' offense well. Another few plays later and another well-executed bootleg run by Daniel Jones and the Giants scored their second touchdown of the day.

Chicago Bears offensive lineman, Cody Whitehair, left the game limping and would not return. When the Bears got the ball back a bit later, they were forced to punt. But the Giants' returner fumbled and Josh Blackwell, an undrafted rookie out of Duke, recovered the ball that he helped shake loose.

Chicago settled for a field goal after the offense stalled yet again. The Giants led 14-9.

Second Half

The Chicago Bears got the ball to start the second half. But their offense continued the mediocrity of the first half and settled for yet another field goal.

When the Giants got the ball back, Kyler Gordon got caught in a bad defensive pass interference play giving New York a first down. After that, Jaquan Brisker got a huge sack, limiting the Giants to a field goal. They now lead 17-12.

Giants' quarterback, Daniel Jones, left the game with an ankle injury and was replaced by Tyrod Taylor. When Taylor took a shot down the field, Eddie Jackson had other plans. 

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He stole the ball for his third interception in the first four games of the season. But the Bears' offense went three-and-out completely negating the fantastic interception.

Then the New York offense took the field and as Tyrod Taylor was rushing for a first down, Kyler Gordon knocked him down going helmet to helmet. Taylor left the game to be evaluated for a concussion. The injured Daniel Jones re-entered the game and the Giants' offense was able to secure another field goal, increasing their lead to eight points.

Throughout the fourth quarter, the two teams traded chances with nothing to show for it and the Bears' defense was able to make a stop. They gave their offense a chance to tie the game with precious little time remaining in regulation.

But in his NFL debut, rookie wide receiver, Velus Jones Jr., muffed the punt and the Giants recovered. They proceeded to run the clock and settle for a game-clinching field goal. 

However, Graham Gano hit the upright breathing a bit of life back into the Chicago Bears. The offense took the field and could not get anything to work consistently. 

On the final play of the game, the Bears tried a timeless lateral play. They progressed the ball, albeit not by much, and ended after several lateral attempts and a Giants' recovery.

The Bears lost by a final score of 20-12.

Overall and Final Numbers

The Chicago Bears were outplayed throughout this game despite showing flashes of greatness and small signs of life on offense. Justin Fields made some nice plays with both his arm and his legs but ultimately fell short in the loss.

Dante Pettis and Equanimeous St. Brown were held without a catch in five targets combined. Ihmir Smith-Marsette also failed to haul in his lone target of the day.

The Bears' defense controlled the opposing passing game but struggled to stop the Giants on the ground. But Michael Badgley was sharp in place of the absent Cairo Santos and scored all of the Bears' points.

Chicago Bears Offense

  • Justin Fields - 11/22, 174 yards, 7 carries, 52 yards
  • Khalil Herbert - 19 carries, 77 yards, 1 rec, 24 yards
  • Trestan Ebner - 6 carries, 20 yards
  • Darnell Mooney - 4 rec, 94 yards
  • Trevon Wesco - 1 rec, 23 yards
  • Cole Kmet - 3 rec, 16 yards

Chicago Bears Defense

Roquan Smith led the Chicago Bears defense with ten tackles, eight of which he did solo. Surprisingly, Robert Quinn had a quiet day with only one tackle, and the defense overall only recorded one sack.

Chicago Bears' defense numbers, tackles, total tackles, solo tackles, sacks. Roquan Smith, Eddie Jackson, Justin Jones, Jaquan Brisker, Kyler Gordon, Joe Thomas, Angelo Blackson, Al-Quadin Muhammad, Nicholas Morrow, Kindle Vildor, Dominique Robinson

The Bears' defense allowed the Giants to rush for over 260 yards overall. They were able to stall the New York passing game but ultimately could not hold anything else back. Saquon Barkley rushed for 146 yards and Daniel Jones finished with six carries for 68 yards.

The Chicago Bears fall to a record of 2-2 after this loss to the New York Giants. The offense and Justin Fields have work to do to improve before traveling to Minnesota next Sunday for a matchup with the Vikings fresh off a thrilling win in London over New Orleans.