The Bears left a winnable game on the table despite a thrilling last-minute comeback in regulation with a 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants at MetLife Stadium. A late rally fueled by a successful onside kick added drama to the end of the game, but Giants hung on in overtime to pull off the upset.
The Bears never would’ve had a chance to win the game in OT if not for a miraculous last-minute comeback. The team trailed by 10 after a Taylor Gabriel fumble set up a Giants field goal, but after the Bears responded with a quick field goal and a successful onside kick, Tarik Cohen found Anthony Miller in the end zone on a trick play as time expired.
Chase Daniel, starting in place of Mitch Trubisky, completed 25 of 38 passes for 277 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Cohen racked up 186 total yards in addition to throwing for a score in a starring effort.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough in a game where the Bears missed their starting quarterback. Relive the Bears’ Week 13 loss to the Giants below:
Final score: Giants 30, Bears 27 (OT)
Giants 30, Bears 27: The Bears recover their own fumbles on back-to-back plays but now they’re looking at another fourth down to keep the game alive.
Giants 30, Bears 27: Allen Robinson makes the big-time catch in traffic and we’re not done here yet. The Bears have first down at their own 38.
Giants 30, Bears 27: The Bears are looking at a fourth-and-7 with the game on the line. We’ll see what they call here.
Giants 30, Bears 27: A pass goes off a diving Sterling Shepard’s hands in the end zone, so New York kicks a 44-yard field goal to take the lead. The Bears need to score to tie or win.
Bears 27, Giants 27: Sterling Shepard makes another big catch over the middle on third down to keep the Giants’ drive alive.
Bears 27, Giants 27: Saquon Barkley gives the Giants a jolt immediately out of the gate in overtime with a 29-yard run. The Giants already have the ball at the Bears’ 46.
End of regulation: Bears 27, Giants 27
Bears 27, Giants 27: TARIK COHEN TO ANTHONY MILLER!! The Bears score off the trick play as time expires, then Cody Parkey hits the extra point. We’re heading to overtime.
Giants 27, Bears 20: The Giants get called for defensive pass interference with three seconds on the clock, so the Bears will get the ball right at the 1-yard line with a chance to punch it in.
Giants 27, Bears 20: Chase Daniel hits Tarik Cohen down the seam on fourth down to extend the game at least a little further. The Bears have 11 seconds left to force OT.
Giants 27, Bears 20: The onside kick works! Only the fourth successful onside kick of the season. The Bears’ offense has a chance to force OT here.
Giants 27, Bears 20: The Bears settle for a short Cody Parkey field goal to cut the lead to a touchdown, but now they need an onside kick and a touchdown to force overtime. With the new kickoff rules impacting how teams can deploy their special teamers, it’s going to be tough to recover that onside kick.
Giants 27, Bears 17: A deep pass to Tarik Cohen combined with a low hit on Chase Daniel advance the ball quickly inside the Giants’ 10, but they still need two scores to
Giants 27, Bears 17: Aldrick Rosas hits from 37 yards to extend the Giants’ lead to two scores with less than two minutes on the clock.
Giants 24, Bears 17: Taylor Gabriel fumbles inside the red zone on the first play of the drive and the Giants recover. That may be the final nail in the coffin.
Giants 24, Bears 17: A perfectly executed special teams play by the Giants means the Bears’ offense will be tested big-time here – they’re going to start at the 1-yard line and need to go 99 yards for the touchdown.
Giants 24, Bears 17: What a clutch play on third down by Khalil Mack, who sacked Eli Manning to force the Giants out of field goal territory. The Bears are going to get the ball back with more than two minutes left and all of their timeouts in a one-score game.
Giants 24, Bears 17: The Bears badly need a stop but the Giants just converted a third-and-1 to their third-string tight end. Even without Saquon Barkley, who recently left with an unspecified injury, they’re still moving the ball.
Giants 24, Bears 17: Tarik Cohen got nowhere near the marker on a third-and-long for the Bears, so they had to settle for a 36-yard field goal from Cody Parkey. The deficit is back down to a touchdown.
Giants 24, Bears 14: The Bears’ offense finally delivers a big play with Chase Daniel hitting Tarik Cohen for a 46-yard bomb. Cohen did an excellent job adjusting to the ball in the air to beat the defender to the ball and might’ve had a touchdown, but the play was blown dead early because the referees thought he was touched while on the ground.
Giants 24, Bears 14: The Bears get the three-and-out stop that puts the ball back in the offense’s hands with over 12 minutes to go. The Giants lead in total yardage, 232-173, so far.
Giants 24, Bears 14: Chase Daniel gets sacked on third down to open the fourth quarter. The Bears’ defense may need to make a big play to turn this game around.
Third quarter: Giants 24, Bears 14
Giants 24, Bears 14: After three stellar plays to stop the Giants at the 1-yard line, they convert on fourth down with Eli Manning just tossing up the ball on his back foot to an unguarded Odell Beckham Jr.
Giants 17, Bears 14: Saquon Barkley is giving the Bears trouble. He just fully hurdled Adrian Amos to keep the drive moving in the red zone. The Giants rookie passed 100 total yards with that play.
Giants 17, Bears 14: Odell Beckham Jr. makes an impact **as a passer* on a trick play, hitting Russell Shepard for a 49-yard touchdown.
Halftime: Bears 14, Giants 10
Bears 14, Giants 10: The Giants manage to squeak their way to a 57-yard field goal attempt from Aldrick Rosas, who nailed it to cut the lead to four. Some questionable clock management by Matt Nagy at the end of the half there as a Bears timeout helped extend that drive.
Bears 14, Giants 7: THE FRIDGE, 2018 EDITION!!! **Akiem Hicks** powers in from one yard out to complete the drive.
Bears 7, Giants 7: HOW?!? Allen Robinson, how?!? The Bears receiver is completely tangled up with a defender and somehow comes down with the 30-yard gain anyway. That’s why you acquire a No. 1 wide receiver.
Bears 7, Giants 7: It continues to look like the defense and running game will need to carry the Bears to victory in this game. Jordan Howard is up to 65 yards in the first half, more than double what the team has totaled through the air.
Bears 7, Giants 7: The Bears’ latest drive came to an end when Chase Daniel fumbled on an attempted handoff to Jordan Howard on third down. The offense continues to show little rhythm in this half.
Bears 7, Giants 7: Chase Daniel throws his second interception of the game trying to hit Tarik Cohen over the middle of the field. It was also Alec Ogletree’s second pick of the game. Daniel wasn’t happy coming back to the sideline after that.
First quarter: Bears 7, Giants 7
Bears 7, Giants 7: INTERCEPTION! A Giants drive that had passed midfield stops dead in its tracks with Kyle Fuller’s sixth interception of the season.
Bears 7, Giants 7: TOUCHDOWN! Adam Shaheen catches the short pass for his first score of the season. Maybe that will help Chase Daniel build some confidence.
Giants 7, Bears 0: The Bears’ running game is coming to life as Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard each converted first downs to push the team into the red zone for the first time.
Giants 7, Bears 0: Taylor Gabriel was wide open but Chase Daniel threw the ball so poorly he’s lucky the Giants defender dropped an easy interception. Just an unacceptably bad throw by Daniel.
Giants 7, Bears 0: Through three series, Chase Daniel is now 1-of-4 for two yards and a pick-six.
Giants 7, Bears 0: Nothing doing on the Bears’ second drive, which ends with a quick three-and-out, but the Bears’ defense responds right afterwards by forcing a three-and-out on New York’s first offensive series of the game.
Giants 7, Bears 0: Another poor kick return by Taquan Mizzell puts the Bears in bad field position for their second drive of the game. He might want to just take the touchback next time.
Giants 7, Bears 0: A horrendous pass by Chase Daniel goes right to Alec Ogletree, who rumbles his way into the end zone for an easy pick-six. Yikes.
Bears 0, Giants 0: New York won the coin toss and decided to defer, so Chase Daniel and the Bears will start with the ball on a foggy day at the Meadowlands.
Before the game
The Bears put their five-game winning streak on the line after a welcomed 10-day break with a road matchup against the Giants on Sunday afternoon. The game starts at noon CT and will be broadcast on FOX.
Chase Daniel will be under center for the Bears again while Mitch Trubisky rests his ailing shoulder. Trubisky could be seen testing his arm Sunday morning at MetLife Stadium but he was listed on the team’s inactive report prior to the game. After the team played it safe with minor injuries to Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson earlier this season, it’s sticking to a similar approach with its starting quarterback.
The steady play of Daniel in the Bears’ Thanksgiving victory over the Lions likely helped sway the team’s decision-making. Daniel, who had not started an NFL game since 2014, looked comfortable in Matt Nagy’s offense by completing 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He’s not as dangerous with his legs or over the top like Trubisky can be, but Daniel showed he can keep the offense chugging as long as the defense does its part of the job.
Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. should keep the Bears on their toes on that side of the ball. Barkley has racked up 829 rushing yards, 581 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in his rookie season. Beckham leads the Giants with 74 catches for 1,017 yards and five scores.
An aging Eli Manning and a porous offensive line mean the Giants’ offense isn’t as dangerous as it should be given its weapons, but Barkley and Beckham can make big plays at any time.
How to watch Bears vs. Giants
Time: Noon CT
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis
Live stream: FOX Sports Go