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RECAP: Bears Beat Dolphins 20-13 in Preseason Opener

The Bears erased a double-digit deficit to defeat the Dolphins by a score of 20-13 in their first preseason contest.
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Chicago Bears football is finally back! The first preseason game came and went with plenty of action to dissect. The Bears beat the Dolphins 20-13 in a contest that featured some fine plays from Chicago's quarterback of the future, Justin Fields.

First Quarter

The Dolphins got the ball first and Tua Tagovailoa led them to a three-and-out. The Bears then had a three-and-out of their own when Andy Dalton couldn't connect on a short third down.

On the next drive, Tagovailoa found Miami tight end Mike Gesicki for a 50-yard gain. The Dolphins advanced all the way to the one-yard line, but Alec Ogletree stopped Malcolm Brown in the backfield to save a touchdown. Miami settled for a field goal to open the scoring with a 3-0 lead.


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Later in the first quarter, the two teams traded scoreless drives and field position.

Second Quarter

Ogletree made his presence known again when he stopped Brown on third-and-short for the second time. The Bears' defense followed up by allowing the Dolphins to keep the drive alive on fourth down. As the Dolphins drove into Bears' territory, Tagovailoa forced a pass into dangerous coverage in the endzone. DeAndre Houston-Carson intercepted the ball and brought it out to the 13-yard line.

Then, it finally happened. Justin Fields walked onto the field for the first time in his NFL career. Penalties halted the Bears' offense but Fields was able to show off his athleticism by scrambling out of the pocket. They couldn't get any momentum going and were forced to punt, which Jakeem Grant returned deep into Bears' territory.

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The Dolphins then removed Tagovailoa from the game turned to Jacoby Brissett under center. The Miami offense drove down the field and kicked another field goal to increase their lead to 6-0.

The Bears and Dolphins traded field position for the rest of the quarter until the 14:15 mark when Jacoby Brissett hit Salvon Ahmed for a 23-yard touchdown. Miami led 13-0 at this point.

The Bears' offense got their first fresh set of downs on the day with 27 seconds left in the first half. Justin Fields made several passes to get the Bears into field goal range capped off by a nice toe-tap catch by newly signed tight end Jesse James.Cairo Santos finished the first half for the Bears with a 53-yard field goal. Chicago trailed Miami by a score of 13-3 heading into the locker room.

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Third Quarter

The Bears received the ball to open the second half and Fields remained the starting quarterback. Rodney Adams made a fantastic catch off a terrific throw from Fields for a big gain. Both David Montgomery and Damien Williams left the game, not due to injury. Rookie Khalil Herbert then got his chance to show what he can do in the backfield. Fields took the game into his own hands when the pocket collapsed around him. He scrambled out to his left and ran all the way into the endzone for a touchdown, showing off his elusiveness. This score cut the Dolphins lead to 13-10.

Later, after back-and-forth possessions, Fields led the Bears to another touchdown drive. He found Adams for a completion and used his legs to extend the drive with a big gain. Then, while using play-action, Fields hit Jesse James for a 30-yard touchdown. Fields' first passing touchdown gave the Bears a 17-13 lead.

Fourth Quarter

The fourth quarter began with a punt to Miami. After a couple of plays, Dolphins' quarterback Reid Sinnett, who replaced Brissett, hit Chris Myarick who fumbled the football. Dionte Ruffin recovered the ball for the Bears. Nick Foles entered the game, ending Fields' debut. The offense couldn't get anything accomplished and gave the ball back to Miami.

A little bit later on in the quarter, the Bears' offense was able to get in field goal range but not much further. Undrafted free-agent kicker Brian Johnson nailed a 43-yard field goal to extend the Bears lead to 20-13.

The Dolphins tried a late push but couldn't get past the Bears' defense. The last highlight of the game was Ryan Nall logging his usual preseason breakout run, but he fell short of the end zone. The Bears then killed the clock to close out a 20-13 victory in their first warmup contest.