Bears’ Cairo Santos makes career-long 55-yard field goal

Cairo Santos kicked the longest field goal of his career to end the first half Sunday against the Panthers.

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Cairo Santos, shown earlier this season, kicked the longest field goal of his career — a 55-yarder — to end the first half Sunday against the Panthers.

Cairo Santos, shown earlier this season, kicked the longest field goal of his career — a 55-yarder — to end the first half Sunday against the Panthers.

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Cairo Santos kicked the longest field goal of his career to end the first half Sunday against the Panthers.

The Bears’ placekicker made a 55-yarder to give the Bears a 13-6 lead in Charlotte, N.C.

Santos’ previous career high was a 53-yarder, made every year from 2014-16 with the Chiefs and again last year with the Titans.

Robbie Gould holds the Bears’ record for the longest field goal, a 58-yarder kicked in 2013.

The Bears signed Santos earlier in the season as insurance for Eddy Pineiro, who nursed a groin injury throughout summer camp. Pineiro has yet to return — he remains on injured reserve — and Santos has settled in as the team’s regular kicker. He made the eventual game-winner to beat the Buccaneers at Soldier Field to improve the improve the Bears to 4-1.

The Bears signed veteran Kai Forbath last week as insurance for Santos, who they consider to be their unquestioned starter. When Santos made the kick before halftime, he improved to 9-of-11 this season.

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