The Chicago Bears let another one slip away at Soldier Field on Sunday, literally.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw a 51-yard touchdown to Arrelious Benn with just a little more than three minutes left in the fourth quarter to stun the Bears and the Soldier Field crowd.
Both Benn and cornerback Tracy Porter slipped and fell down on the play. Benn was able to get up and run into the end zone, completing the comeback for the Jaguars, resulting in a 17-16 win.
Chicago's offense could not mount its own game-winning drive, falling short near midfield after turning the ball over on downs, which sealed the win for the Jaguars.
It was another week of struggles offensively for Chicago, despite jumping out to an early lead.
"I don't think it's lack of want-to. It's not lack of heart or a lack of trying," head coach John Fox said after the game. "Our guys battle but we just don't play well enough right now. That's on all of us. Everybody in there, coaches are giving their all, players are giving their all. We just got to play better to win games and today was much like a few of our other outings."
After a scoreless first quarter, the Bears got on the board with a 36-yard field goal by Connor Barth. The kicker entered Week 6 just 1-for-3 at Soldier Field in his career during the regular season.
The Bears put together their best drive of the year in the second quarter as Hoyer led the offense on a 16-play scoring drive that covered 86 yards and more than 7 minutes in time of possession. The drive ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by rookie Jordan Howard.
On that drive, the Bears converted all five of their third-down attempts. They finished 7-for-17 on third down in the game.
Yet Chicago’s offense continued to struggle in the red zone.
Hoyer and the Bears put together 4 scoring drives, but just one resulted in a touchdown. The other three resulted in Barth field goals.
Barth shook off a rough start to the season and converted on all three of his FG attempts.
While the Bears defense had the slip up at the end, it was the offense’s struggles that once again did them in.
The Jaguars were held scoreless until the fourth quarter when Chris Ivory finished off a drive with a one-yard touchdown run. They added a field goal before the Benn touchdown.
Hoyer finished with 297 yards passing with no touchdowns or turnovers.
The Bears fall to 1-5 on the year and will travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers this upcoming Thursday.