It was a tale of two halves for the Chicago Bears on Sunday, something with which the team is becoming far too familiar.
The Bears got the scoring started when QB Jay Cutler found TE Zach Miller for a 19-yard touchdown on their opening drive.
It didn’t take long for the Giants to answer back with a 2-yard touchdown run by Rashad Jennings. But after both kickers missed extra points, Chicago started to take control of the game.
The Bears went to the ground game early and often, rushing 17 times in the first half. It was a heavy dose of rookie Jordan Howard early, with Jeremy Langford getting carries as well.
Langford put the Bears ahead again on a 1-yard run as they took 16-9 halftime lead.
But then the wheels fell off.
The Giants rallied to score 16 unanswered points backed behind two Eli Manning touchdown passes to take the lead for good. The Bears offense couldn’t respond with any scoring drives in the second half, as most stalled quickly thanks to the ramped up play from the Giants defense.
It didn’t help that the injury bug hit the Bears again as they lost Miller, guard Josh Sitton and linebacker Leonard Floyd.
The Giants took advantage and called more blitzes against a Bears offensive line that was down three starters and it paid off to the tune of 4 sacks.
Despite the poor effort in the second half, Chicago had a few chances to take the lead in the fourth after their defense made key stops.
The club's best chance came on the final drive, which was highlighted by a Marquess Wilson 43-yard reception on the first play. But with the Bears in Giants territory, two key penalties backed them up.
Cutler then threw an interception on 2nd down to seal the game for the Giants. Cutler finished 17-of-30 for 252 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Howard finished with 77 yards on 17 carries, once again proving to be a bright spot on the Bears offense.
Chicago will try and regroup as they will be back at Soldier Field for the first time since Halloween to take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 12.null