The good: This was the 2019 Bears’ last home game of the season.
The bad: In the battle between Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky — essentially a referendum on the 2017 NFL Draft — Mahomes was the runaway victor.
The ugly: Mahomes drove his point home after his first touchdown pass, counting out on all 10 fingers which pick he was in that first round. Yes, he was 10th and Trubisky was second. Don’t even get us started on the 12th pick, Deshaun Watson.
Let’s get to it ...
Offense: Salt in the wound
After a week of hearing another round of comparisons between Mitch Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs QB showed just how far ahead he is of the player selected eight picks ahead of him in 2017.
Mahomes spun stellar passes all evening, especially on third down. After using his legs to score a 12-yard touchdown, he added further salt to Bears fans’ wounds with a low-key celebration that was spotted by NBC cameras:
As highlighted on the broadcast, Patrick Mahomes really counted to 10 after that touchdown, the pick the Bears let him fall to pic.twitter.com/mkECCrAYcR— Sully Engels (@SullyKSNT) December 23, 2019
Trubisky stood no chance of keeping up. As our Rick Morrissey says, the difference between these two quarterbacks is, well, everything.
By the numbers:
- 133 NET PASSING YARDS: Mitch Trubisky completed 18 of 34 passes for 157 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions and posted a passer rating of 70.0 or lower (65.4) for the seventh time in 14 starts. By comparison, Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 33 passes for 251 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions and had a 112.1 passer rating.
- 101 RUSHING YARDS: David Montgomery led the way with 13 carries for 57 yards, but the team didn’t have a run longer than 16 yards.
Defense: Down and rout
With Akiem Hicks out and Eddie Goldman sidelined by a head injury early, the Bears’ defense didn’t get any favors in what was already a brutal matchup. Still, they didn’t put up much fight in what was clearly an important game to head coach Matt Nagy.
The Chiefs scored on each of their first three drives and went 6-for-11 on third downs. QB Patrick Mahomes was simply too much to handle at times.
By the numbers:
- 1 SACK: Khalil Mack had an early sack, but nobody else even laid a hit on Patrick Mahomes.
- 0 TAKEAWAYS: Only Aaron Rodgers has a lower interception rate than Mahomes this season.
Special Teams: The Double Doink returns
There was another double-doink kick at Soldier Field, but this one wasn’t by a Bears kicker and really didn’t play a role in the game. Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker missed an extra-point try in the fourth quarter, with K.C. up 23-3. The Chiefs could laugh it off because Butker connected earlier on a 56-yarder.
By the numbers:
- Eddy Pineiro: 1-for-1 on field goals (46 yards).
- Cordarrelle Patterson: One return for 26 yards.
What They’re Saying
- Mitch Trubisky: “I just feel like we let each other down, we let the fans down. That’s not how we want to finish our last home game at Soldier Field. We just left a lot of plays out there and a lot of uncharacteristic things that you’re embarrassed of.”
- Patrick Mahomes: “I don’t know that it’s necessarily a rivalry, any quarterback you play with in this league you want to go out there and win, of course. So, I mean it’s not a rivalry, I guess you would say, but it is competitive and you want to go out there and be the best any time you step on the field.”
Patrick Mahomes is downplaying the 10-finger count at Soldier Field. Says it wasn’t premeditated. “I don’t know why certain things come out of me,” he says.— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) December 23, 2019
From Our Notebooks
- Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, playing his 30th game, became the fastest player in NFL history to reach the 9,000-yard passing mark. He was 23 of 33 for 251 yards, giving him 9,238 in three seasons. Hall of Famer Kurt Warner did it in 32 games. If you’re keeping score at home, Mitch Trubisky has 8,347 passing yards in 40 games.
- Cordarrelle Patterson started the game wearing neon-orange socks but had to change them early to comply with the NFL’s uniform policy. He didn’t get much of an opportunity to show off in front of legendary returner Devin Hester, who appeared before the game on the field to hype up the crowd.
- Bears coach Matt Nagy, who still insists on calling the offensive plays, managed zero points in the first half for, amazingly, the fourth time this season. The Bears went to halftime without a first-half offensive touchdown for the 10th time in 15 games.
The Bears wrap up their 2019 season with a road game against the Vikings next Sunday. Minnesota already clinched its postseason spot, although it’ll have a shot at the division title if it beats the Packers on “Monday Night Football.”
View From Kansas City
- This blowout victory improved the Chiefs’ road record to 7-1, the franchise’s best road mark since they went 7-0 in 1966. The Kansas City Star notes this team looks ready for the playoffs.
- Before the game, Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth weighed in on the Patrick Mahomes-Mitch Trubisky heavyweight bout: “The high-end plays of Mitchell Trubisky are about what you’d see from Patrick Mahomes. The problem that [Trubisky has] had is that he misses a lot of layups, and this offense cannot afford to miss layups.” And NBC analyst Chris Simms said this about Matt Nagy’s offense: “Lack of identity. What are they as an offense? It was kind of like a Rolodex of picking plays throughout the year for Matt Nagy.”
On the Podcast
On today’s episode, Patrick Finley, Jason Lieser and Mark Potash discuss how the Bears don’t have anything to play for, and it showed in a blowout loss to the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes outclassed Mitch Trubisky and made his point to GM Ryan Pace on national TV. In the Pot-cast, Mark talks about various Christmas songs and movies and mentions something about “Hardrock, Coco and Joe.”
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