In the final home game of the 2016 season, the Chicago Bears couldn’t provide an early Christmas present for their fans.
Instead, the Washington Redskins dominated the Bears from the start of the game to keep their playoff hopes alive in the NFC. The 41-21 loss drops Chicago to 3-12 on the season with just one game left.
The Redskins got on the board early in the first quarter. Running back Chris Thompson scored from 7 yards out on the Redskins second possession of the game to get the scoring started.
Thompson scored again with just 57 seconds left in the first quarter on a 17-yard screen pass from Kirk Cousins. The touchdown came following a blocked Connor Barth field-goal attempt on the previous drive.
After a Matt Barkley interception early in the second quarter, the Redskins kicked a field goal to extend their lead to 17-0. They didn’t look back after that.
Washington picked off Bears quarterback Matt Barkley five times, with four of them coming in the second half.
Barkley finished with 323 yards passing and two touchdowns but the five interceptions will certainly stand out.
Chicago cut into the 17-point lead with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Langford with 6:40 left in the second quarter. But Washington responded on their next drive with a Cousins touchdown run.
After a Cameron Meredith 21-yard touchdown pass from Barkley, the Redskins took a 24-14 lead into halftime.
But in the second half, it was all Washington.
The Redskins scored the only touchdown in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Cousins. They added a Dustin Hopkins 20-yard field goal and a 61-yard touchdown run by Mack Brown to seal the deal.
Chicago’s lone second-half score came on a Deonte Thompson 3-yard touchdown pass with 1:21 left in the game.
The loss for Chicago marks the seventh-straight to the Redskins, dating back to 2004.
Rookie running back Jordan Howard finished with 119 yards on 18 carries. He needs just 61 yards next week to break Matt Forte’s franchise rookie rushing record.
Chicago will travel to Minnesota to close out the season against the Vikings in Week 17.null