Ten days after a disappointing defeat to open the season, the Bears rebounded with a thrilling 16-14 victory over the Broncos on Sunday afternoon. It was another defensive battle, but this time, Eddy Pineiro delivered a 53-yard field goal as time expired to finish off the win.
David Montgomery got more involved in the offense in his second game, including his first TD of his career. The rookie ran the ball 18 times for 62 yards and caught one pass for six yards.
Mitch Trubisky did not take a step forward, however. The young QB completed 16-of-27 pass attempts for just 120 yards with no touchdowns. The lack of turnovers helped keep the team ahead, but the Bears’ passing game felt punchless until the last-minute heroics to win the game.
Pineiro’s big kicks will be the biggest story from the game. Beyond the game-winner, Pineiro also hit two other kicks, including a 52-yarder, to continue his strong start.
Relive the Bears’ Week 2 win over the Broncos below.
Final score: Bears 16, Broncos 14
Bears 16, Broncos 14: EDDY PINEIRO FIELD GOAL! BEARS WIN AS TIME EXPIRES!!!
Broncos 14, Bears 13: And here we go. Allen Robinson goes to the ground after a big catch in the middle of the field and the Bears immediately call timeout with one second left, giving them the chance at a field goal for Eddy Pineiro.
Broncos 14, Bears 13: A roughing the passer penalty on the Broncos pushes the Bears to their own 45, but they still need to make a big play or two to get into field goal position with time running out.
Broncos 14, Bears 13: Okay, wow. The Broncos were going to attempt a two-point conversion, but opted not to after a delay of game penalty. Then kicker Brandon McManus missed the extra point, but Buster Skrine was offsides, so the Broncos could attempt the two-point conversion again. And guess what – they converted with a pass to Emmanuel Sanders. Painful.
The Bears have 31 seconds and one timeout to try to respond.
Bears 13, Broncos 12: An incredible catch by Emmanuel Sanders on first-and-goal gives the Broncos a game-tying touchdown with 31 seconds remaining.
Bears 13, Broncos 6: The Broncos convert with another pass to Courtland Sutton, but the rush is on the clock running.
Bears 13, Broncos 6: The Broncos have another fourth down that they need to convert with no timeouts to stop the clock. They need three yards.
Bears 13, Broncos 6: The Broncos convert on fourth-and-10 with a clutch pass to Courtland Sutton for just enough yardage. We’ve also reached the two-minute warning.
Bears 13, Broncos 6: A pair of strong blitzes by Buster Skrine break up the rhythm of the Broncos’ offense after they drive into Bears’ territory. The Broncos are looking at fourth-and-10 with 2:25 remaining in regulation.
Bears 13, Broncos 6: The Bears’ offense is unable to milk the clock that much, recording one first down before punting with about three minutes to go.
Bears 13, Broncos 6: INTERCEPTION! Kyle Fuller comes in clutch with his first pick of the season – and the Bears’ first takeaway of the season – to give the ball back to the offense.
Bears 13, Broncos 6: The Bears’ defense looks relatively gassed given the offense’s inability to string together lengthy drives in the thin air. The Broncos now have first-and-goal inside the five.
Bears 13, Broncos 6: The Broncos convert a huge fourth down at the Bears’ 41 as they drive toward a potential game-tying score. Royce Freeman has been the one doing damage with a series of big plays on this drive.
Bears 13, Broncos 6: The Bears’ offense goes three-and-out after totaling two yards. Mitch Trubisky has completed 11-of-19 passes for a paltry 79 yards so far.
Bears 13, Broncos 6: The Bears’ defense keeps grinding and forces the Broncos to settle for a 32-yard field goal from Brandon McManus to complete a nine-play, 61-yard drive.
Bears 13, Broncos 3: A personal foul on Eddie Goldman for hitting Joe Flacco late pushes the Broncos into the red zone as the Broncos push to trim the lead.
Third quarter: Bears 13, Broncos 3
Bears 13, Broncos 3: TOUCHDOWN! Given extra chances after a defensive holding penalty by the Broncos’ defense on third-and-goal, the Bears finally break through on the next third-and-goal with a diving David Montgomery going over the top of the defense. It was a close one, but review wasn’t enough to overturn the rookie’s first score of his NFL career.
Bears 6, Broncos 3: New addition Cordarelle Patterson breathes life into the game with a 46-yard run that sends the Bears right into field goal territory. That’s the kind of big-play ability Patterson was brought in for.
He went VERY fast:
Bears 6, Broncos 3: The Bears’ defense holds firm to force another punt, which came after declining a holding penalty from Denver offensive lineman Garett Bolles – his fourth of the game.
Bears 6, Broncos 3: The Broncos are on the move after a 21-yard catch down the middle from Emmanuel Sanders, who’s up to seven catches for 70 yards. That’s the longest play from scrimmage by either team Sunday.
Bears 6, Broncos 3: And now the Bears punt after giving up with a short pass on third-and-29 inside their own 10-yard line. We’ll give that series a “yikes!”
Meanwhile, the team also announced starting defensive lineman Bilal Nichols will miss the remainder of the game due to injury.
Bears 6, Broncos 3: The Bears’ offense and Broncos’ defense trade three holding penalties in the first minute-plus of the second half. That’s probably not the start that Matt Nagy was looking for.
Halftime: Bears 6, Broncos 3
Bears 6, Broncos 3: Pat O’Donnell sets a career-high with a 75-YARD PUNT that puts the Broncos in brutal field position with less than a minute left.
Bears 6, Broncos 3: The Broncos got a pair of first downs but Joe Flacco nearly threw an interception to Eddie Jackson on third down. That’s three straight series ending in punts for Denver since the field goal to start the game.
Bears 6, Broncos 3: FIELD GOAL! Eddy Pineiro delivers again with a 52-yard kick to give the team its first lead of the game. The Bears’ drive stalled out after trying this ridiculous formation on fourth-and-1 to induce a penalty:
What should we call this formation pic.twitter.com/wJRH7n2bdg— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 15, 2019
Bears 3, Broncos 3: Mitch Trubisky misses a wide open Taylor Gabriel for what would’ve been a first down. Bad mistake there.
Bears 3, Broncos 3: The Bears have picked their way into Broncos territory with several first downs, mixing it up between rushes and short passes. David Montgomery is up to eight carries for 30 yards.
Bears 3, Broncos 3: The Bears’ offense gets the ball back after the defense gets the stop near midfield. A chance for Mitch Trubisky to lead the team to a lead.
Bears 3, Broncos 3: Khalil Mack gets his first sack of the season ...
... but the Broncos respond on third-and-15 with a 19-yard pass to Philip Lindsay to move the chains.
Bears 3, Broncos 3: FIELD GOAL! Eddy Pineiro hits from 40 yards out for his second field goal of the season. All tied.
Broncos 3, Bears 0: David Montgomery gets stuffed on third down and short, so the Bears are looking at a field goal opportunity for Eddy Pineiro.
First quarter: Broncos 3, Bears 0
Broncos 3, Bears 0: Adam Shaheen battles his way for a first down that pushes the Bears to the Broncos’ 30-yard line.
Broncos 3, Bears 0: David Montgomery gets the offense moving with a pair of runs – one outside, then one inside – that push the Bears into Broncos territory for the first time this afternoon.
Broncos 3, Bears 0: The Bears’ defense gets its first stop of the season with Eddie Jackson making a strong third-down tackle to force a punt.
Broncos 3, Bears 0: A fantastic play for Leonard Floyd ends up being a negative because Floyd is penalized for unnecessary roughness while tackling tight end Noah Fant in the backfield. The FOX television broadcast slammed the call as “ridiculous,” and Sun-Times beat writer Patrick Finley agrees.
Terrible flag. Leonard Floyd tackled the guy too hard, apparently.— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) September 15, 2019
Broncos 3, Bears 0: The Bears go three-and-out on their first drive after Tarik Cohen is unable to corral a deep pass over his shoulder while being hounded by Denver’s Justin Simmons.
Broncos 3, Bears 0: Brandon McManus hits a 43-yard field goal to put the Broncos ahead after a nine-play, 50-yard drive.
Bears 0, Broncos 0: The Broncos are already past midfield after a pair of first downs. Emmanuel Sanders already has two catches for 23 yards.
Bears 0, Broncos 0: The Bears won the coin toss and deferred, so Joe Flacco and the Denver offense will take the field to open the matchup.
After sputtering out of the gate with a toothless Week 1 loss to the Packers 10 days ago, the Bears get back to work again Sunday afternoon with a road matchup against the Broncos. Kickoff is set for 3:25 p.m. CT on FOX.
There’s little doubt what’s the biggest factor for the Bears entering their second game of the 2019 season. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s development had been the biggest story all offseason, and the third-year passer did little to generate encouragement with an ugly performance in the season opener.
Trubisky may never be a world beater at the position, but there’s little doubt the Bears need more from their QB to reach their potential this year. After a summer of huge expectations quickly gave way to concern at Halas Hall, the pressure is unusually high with 15 games remaining.
The good news, at least for the Bears, is that their defense looked up to snuff against Aaron Rodgers even in defeat. The Joe Flacco-led Broncos should be an even easier matchup, unless Denver head coach Vic Fangio can pull out some tricks using knowledge from his stint as the Bears’ defensive coordinator.
The Bears started out 0-1 last year before rattling off 12 wins in 15 games to win the division. That kind of scenario remains possible again this year, but winning Sunday in Denver will be important to avoiding a potential tailspin.
How to watch Bears vs. Broncos, Week 2
Kickoff time: 3:25 p.m. CT
Live stream: FOX Sports Live