The Bears failed to put up much of a fight in a 26-3 loss to the Chiefs on “Sunday Night Football.” The duel between Patrick Mahomes and Mitch Trubisky went pretty much as one would expect based on their track records entering the game.
Mahomes threw for two touchdowns and ran in another, while Trubisky failed to lead his offense to the end zone. The Bears’ QB threw for less than 150 yards as the opposing defense controlled the action.
There’s just one week left in the Bears’ season, and fans are probably alright with that after watching this performance.
Final score: Chiefs 26, Bears 3
Chiefs 26, Bears 3: The Chiefs milk six minutes off the clock with a 11-play, 43-yard drive culminating in a 32-yard Harrison Butker field goal.
Chiefs 23, Bears 3: That was quite the play call on fourth-and-23 down 20 in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs 23, Bears 3: That drive ends with a thud as Mitch Trubisky takes a sack for a 13-yard loss.
Chiefs 23, Bears 3: Jesper Horstead makes his first catch of the game off a nice 17-yard pass from Mitch Trubisky.
Chiefs 23, Bears 3: The Bears just cannot make stops on third down. This time Patrick Mahomes hits Damien Williams on third-and-8 for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Harrison Butker missed the extra point – a double doink! – but it likely won’t matter.
Chiefs 17, Bears 3: Another stellar pass from Patrick Mahomes on third down pushes the Chiefs into Bears territory.
Third quarter: Chiefs 17, Bears 3
Chiefs 17, Bears 3: Eddy Pineiro hits a 46-yard field goal as the third quarter wraps up.
Chiefs 17, Bears 0: Chris Jones gets called for roughing the passer, giving the Bears a first down at the Chiefs’ 30.
Chiefs 17, Bears 0: The Bears have the ball back near midfield after the Chiefs’ offense went three-and-out.
Chiefs 17, Bears 0: Four plays lead to nothing as the Bears turn the ball over on downs. A fourth-down fade to Allen Robinson didn’t stand a chance.
Chiefs 17, Bears 0: Cordarrelle Patterson powers his way to the Chiefs’ 5 with an impressive 16-yard run.
Chiefs 17, Bears 0: David Montgomery and Allen Robinson have teamed up to power the Bears’ best drive of the evening. They’re inside the red zone hunting for their first score of the game.
Chiefs 17, Bears 0: The Bears’ defense gets a stop to open the second half, forcing the Chiefs into a punt after one first down.
Halftime: Chiefs 17, Bears 0
Chiefs 17, Bears 0: The Bears can’t muster anything before the end of a brutal first half.
Chiefs 17, Bears 0: The Chiefs complete the 13-play, 95-yard (!) drive with a pass to Travis Kelce.
Here’s how Mahomes celebrated:
Chiefs 10, Bears 0: Bad mistake by Kevin Pierre-Louis, who runs into the punter on fourth-and-4 down to give the Chiefs a first down.
Chiefs 10, Bears 0: The Chiefs had been driving but back-to-back penalties have them looking at second-and-28 at their own 33-yard line.
Chiefs 10, Bears 0: Mitch Trubisky gets time to throw to an open Allen Robinson streaking downfield, but overthrows it by a couple yards. Big missed opportunity there.
Chiefs 10, Bears 0: The Bears’ defense holds firm at their own 39, but Harrison Butker hits a 56-yard field goal to extend the Chiefs’ lead.
Chiefs 7, Bears 0: After the Bears went three-and-out, the Chiefs are driving again. Roy Robertson-Harris got it going for them with a pretty soft roughing the passer penalty.
First quarter: Chiefs 7, Bears 0
Chiefs 7, Bears 0: Patrick Mahomes scrambles in from 12 yards out for the touchdown to complete a 15-play, 82-yard drive that took nearly eight minutes.
Bears 0, Chiefs 0: Brutal penalty as Aaron Lynch gets called for neutral zone infraction on third-and-4, giving the Chiefs a first down.
Bears 0, Chiefs 0: The Bears challenge a failed pass behind the line of scrimmage, claiming it’s a fumble, but the call on the field is upheld.
Bears 0, Chiefs 0: Khalil Mack delivers his first sack of the game to put the Chiefs into a third-and-18, but they manage to convert it with a pass over the middle to Tyreek Hill.
Bears 0, Chiefs 0: The Chiefs are driving after an impressive third-down pass by Patrick Mahomes over the middle to Sammy Watkins got them going.
Bears 0, Chiefs 0: On third-and-long, a strong Chiefs pass rush forces Mitch Trubisky to go backwards for an 8-yard loss before running out of bounds.
Bears 0, Chiefs 0: After a pair of first downs push the Bears to midfield, a Mitch Trubisky fumble sends them back 10 yards, although it’s recovered by Anthony Miller to avoid the turnover.
Bears 0, Chiefs 0: The Bears open the game with possession after the Chiefs won the coin toss and opted to defer. Devin Hester came out right before the kickoff to hype the crowd up.
Before the game
No longer in the race for the postseason, the Bears play for pride Sunday night against the Chiefs on national television. An opportunity to flex to another game – Titans-Saints had been listed as a possibility – passed without a move by NBC, which stuck with the originally scheduled matchup.
The stakes for this game aren’t very high for either team. The Bears have little to play for following their elimination from playoff contention last week. The Chiefs, already locked into a playoff spot, are still battling for a first-round bye, but they’ll need a loss from the Patriots against the Dolphins to get it.
Going beyond the standings, much of the discussion in the week leading up to the game focused on the quarterbacks and coaches. Mitch Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes, who are facing off for the first time, have been compared to each other since they were drafted eight picks apart in 2017. Matt Nagy coached under Andy Reid in Kansas City before being hired by the Bears.
It’s enough to make for an interesting matchup, even if the excitement of a playoff race isn’t there anymore.
Bears vs. Chiefs, Week 16
Time: 7:20 p.m. CT
Live stream: NBC Sports Live