The Bears took a timeout with three seconds left in the first half of their preseason opener Thursday night.
Then the Panthers did the same — to ice Elliott Fry, who tried, and made, a 43-yard field goal as the half expired.
Why would the Panthers use a tactic reserved for the game’s most important kicks in the first preseason contest?
“I did that to help the Bears, because they’re in a kicking contest,” said Panthers coach Ron Rivera after his team’s preseason victory. “So at the end of the day …
“There’s an alternative reason to doing it now and then in the preseason as well.”
The Panthers wanted to show that look?
“Absolutely,” Rivera said.
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Rivera, of course, has Chicago ties. He played for the Bears from 1984-92 and was the team’s defensive coordinator from 2004-06.
Bears coach Matt Nagy said the two didn’t discuss it beforehand.
“It wasn’t planned,” he said, “ but I’m kinda glad he did it.”