For the the second week in a row the Chicago Bears escaped with the victory, this time a 17-13 win over the New York Giants. This time around they started off fast and flamed out a bit in the second half, a week after they came roaring back with three 4th quarter touchdowns against the Detroit Lions.
Mitchell Trubisky threw for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns on Sunday, with both coming in the first half. David Montgomery had a better game this time around, racking up 82 yards on 16 carries along with 3 catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Trubisky throwing the ball deep early in the second quarter Sunday. Photo by John Kim, Chicago Tribune.
It was a rough day in more ways than one for the Giants, who not only lost the game, they lost star running back Saquon Barkley for the season to a torn ACL. Before the injury, Barkley had rushed for 28 yards on just 4 carries. Daniel Jones struggled all day, completing 25-40 passes for 241 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
The Bears came out of the gate quickly, jumping out to a 10-0 lead in thanks to a 28 yard touchdown pass to Montgomery, and a 34 yard field goal from kicker Cairo Santos. Later in the first, Trubisky found rookie Darnell Mooney in the end zone from 15 yards out for what would be Chicago’s final score of the game.
Darnell Mooney reels in the touchdown pass late in the first half against New York. Photo by John Kim, Chicago Tribune.
The Giants got on the scoreboard in the third with a field goal after Trubisky was picked off and it was returned by the chargers to the 13 yard line. Then with a minute gone in the 4th, Dion Lewis ran it in from a yard out. Later in the 4th, following another Trubisky interception, the giants cut the lead to 4 with another field goal with 7:43 to go.
The Giants drove all the way down to the Bears 10 yard line with 4 seconds remaining before Golden Tate was flagged for pass interference to end the game. It was the second week in a row the Bears defense bent and almost broke before holding on to win.
Giants rookie Head Coach Joe Judge is still looking for his first career victory as his Giants fall to 0-2. Next week they will play another tough game next week against the San Fransisco 49ers. The Bears on the other hand have their first 2-0 start to the season since 2013 and will look to keep building on their winning ways when they face the 0-2 Atlanta Falcons.
Photo Credit: John J Kim, Chicago Tribune
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