Quick hits from the Bears’ 20-12 loss Sunday to the Saints.
1. Another Barth miss
Kicker Connor Barth missed his fourth field goal in the Bears’ 20-12 loss Sunday to the Saints at the Superdome.
Barth’s 48-yard attempt in the final minute of the first half sailed wide left. It would’ve cut the Saints’ lead to 14-6 at halftime.
“I just wrapped it,” said Barth, who made a 27-yarder earlier in the second quarter. “It was a bad hit on my part.”
But it’s also part of a trend. Barth is 2-for-5 on field goals from 40 to 49 yards this season. He also is 1-for-2 from 50 yards and beyond.
“I’m just not hitting them straight,” said Barth, who’s 7-for-11. “I just have to go back to the basics. I just have to hit the ball like I did on the game-winner [against the Ravens], and I’ll be good.”
2. Cohen takes off
Rookie running back/returner Tarik Cohen said he didn’t think twice about returning the Saints’ kickoff in the final two minutes.
“[I was trying] to make a play just to try to put some momentum on our back,’’ said Cohen, who opted for touchbacks in the end zone on the first four kicks.
Cohen returned it 46 yards down the left sideline. It was his longest kick return of the season. Kicker Will Lutz’s horse-collar tackle added 15 more yards to the play.
3. Brees makes history
With a 23-yard completion to wide receiver Michael Thomas in the third quarter, the Saints’ Drew Brees became the third quarterback in NFL history to have 6,000 career completions, joining Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.
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