Breaking down the Bears’ wild 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday.
THREE MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
1 Some feat: It’s incredible that the Bears even were able to get the game to overtime, but their luck finally ran out when Chase Daniel’s desperation heave to Taylor Gabriel on fourth-and-9 was swatted away by Giants CB Janoris Jenkins.
2 Tarik Cohen to Anthony Miller: We’re not sure how Matt Nagy and the Bears pulled off getting this game to overtime, but the Bears erased a 10-point deficit with a field goal, onside kick and Cohen then finding Miller for a 1-yard touchdown on the final play of the fourth quarter.
3 Tough call: Down 24-14 in the fourth quarter, Cohen hauled in a 46-yard catch and wasn’t touched while going to the ground. Officials blew the play dead, however, and the Bears eventually settled for a field goal.
THREE THINGS THAT WORKED
1 Nagy’s play-calling: It didn’t take long to realize that Nagy was going to need to dig into his bag of tricks if the Bears were going to have a chance with Daniel at quarterback. Not only did they get a rushing touchdown from Akiem Hicks and Cohen’s touchdown pass, but Nagy continuously found ways to get Cohen the ball in the second half.
2 Pressuring Eli Manning: The Bears certainly didn’t lose because the veteran quarterback beat them. Manning was sacked three times and generally appeared to have no desire to deal with the Bears’ pass rush. The Giants needed a wide receiver pass by Odell Beckham Jr. and blown coverage on fourth-and-goal to reach the end zone.
3 Establishing Jordan Howard: Game script caused the Bears to move away from Howard in the second half, but Nagy did a good job riding Howard in the first half. Howard’s hard running set up the Bears’ first score by Adam Shaheen.
THREE THINGS THAT DIDN’T
1 Cody Whitehair’s snaps: Whitehair’s issues started on the very first play from scrimmage and continued throughout the afternoon. A low snap in overtime almost cost the Bears dearly. Whitehair’s snaps were a problem in the preseason, but the issue hadn’t cropped up again until Sunday.
2 Protecting the football: The Bears found themselves in a 7-0 hole only seconds into the game Sunday after Alec Ogletree picked off Daniel and returned it 8 yards for the score. The Bears finished with three turnovers, and that number probably should have been higher.
3 Nagy’s clock management: We get the general idea behind why Nagy called timeout with 20 seconds left in the first half, but why? The Giants were content to run the clock out after taking back-to-back sacks, but ended up coming away with three points instead. Even if the Bears did get a stop, did anyone expect Daniel to get the offense in scoring position with that much time left?
The Bears return home for a possible playoff preview with a primetime matchup against Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night.