Final score: Saints 26, Bears 23 as game of wild swings goes to overtime
The Bears lost their second consecutive game, missing an opportunity to overtake the Packers in the NFC North.
The Bears fell to the Saints 26-23 in overtime, dropping to 5-3. They blew an early 10-point lead, then scrambled for 10 points in the fourth quarter to tie it, but the Saints took the game on Will Lutz’ 35-yard field goal with 1:40 left.
Their sputtering offense showed some sparks in the first half, but fell flat in the second until a late surge. After posting a 112.5 passer rating at halftime, Bears quarterback Nick Foles threw an interception in the middle of the third quarter and was unable to punch back as Drew Brees pulled the Saints ahead.
The Saints ran their lead to 23-13 in the third quarter, but Foles got the Bears back into it with a three-yard touchdown pass to Darnell Mooney with 3:32 remaining. The Bears forced a punt to get the ball back at their own 32 with 1:51 left and two timeouts.
Foles drove the Bears to the Saints’ 33-yard line, and Cairo Santos tied the game on a 51-yard field goal with 15 seconds left. It was his second field goal with a game on the line this season. He hit a 38-yarder with 1:13 left to beat the Buccaneers in Week 5.
In overtime, the Saints got the ball first and made it to the Bears’ 45-yard line before punting. The Bears got their shot beginning at their own 19.
Foles kept the drive going with a 17-yard pass to Allen Robinson on third-and-15, but Jimmy Graham and Anthony Miller dropped his next two passes and he got sacked on third down.
The Saints drove to the Bears’ 16-yard line for the game-winning field goal.
Foles finished 28 of 41 for 272 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. His 92.7 passer rating was his second-highest mark this season.