When Cairo Santos shot 28 yards from the field through the stands on Thursday afternoon, he saved the Chicago Bears from a bad week that turned into an even bigger embarrassment.
The Bears didn’t have to give the Detroit Lions their first win of the season on Thanksgiving at Ford Field.
Only after Bears rookie Justin Fields injured his ribs and was forced to sit out. It wasn’t until a report emerged that the Bears owner told coach Matt Nagy that they were going to fire him after the Thanksgiving game. Not after the authorities left Nagy to deny the report to the media himself.
A shot from Santos in the last seconds allowed the Bears to defeat the Lions 16-14, recording a five-game losing streak and ending the nightmare of the week.
Bears defender Andy Dalton, who replaced the injured Fields, made 24 of 39 assists for 317 yards, touchdowns and interceptions to lead the Bears to victory.
The winning drive included beautiful play in third and fifth positions in which Dalton relieved the pressure and found Damier Byrd to pass from 13 yards to midfield. He also hit Byrd in third and fourth from the 11-yard line – a third down that was cut 5 yards when the Lions were penalized for repeated timeouts.
Jared Goff’s 17-yard pass to TJ Hawkenson gave the Lions a 14-13 lead from 1:46 to play in the third quarter.
The Lions got the drive when Goff threw a 17-yard pass to Caliph Raymond and Bears inside midfielder Christian Jones was called up for 15 yards unnecessarily rough for knocking Raymond down late in the game. Here are the lions in the bears’ territory.
Goff made 21 of 25 assists for 171 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears defense, which lost to inland midfielder Rokuan Smith with a hamstring injury.
After the Bears were leading 13-7 to half-time, they didn’t score in the third quarter.
Santos missed a 53-yard field goal on a move that was stalled in part by a penalty from Cody Whitehaire in third and sixth on the Lyons 25-yard line.
This is how week 12 developed.
Inactive days of the 12th week announced
Bears receiver Allen Robinson will not play Thursday against the Lions as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
Robinson was listed as a dubious player after not training all week.
The Bears previously announced that defender Justin Fields (ribs), running defender Damien Williams (calf) and defender Akiem Hicks (ankle) will not play due to injuries.
Also inactive for the Bears are full-back Teese Tabor, tight-end Jesper Horsted and full-back Mario Edwards Jr.
Safety of the Bears Eddie Jackson will return from a hamstring injury after missing the last two games.
For the Lions, midfielder Trinity Benson, defender David Bluff, outside midfielder Trey Flowers and forwards Matt Nelson and Halapulivaati Whitai are inactive.
Half time: Bears 13, Lions 7
Andy Dalton threw 220 yards to land and Cairo Santos scored two field goals, helping the Bears hit the Lions 13-7 at Ford Field during the halftime break.
Dalton completed 16 of 26 assists and topped the 69-yard touchdown with two games. Dalton completed a 52-yard pass to Darnell Mooney and a 17-yard pass to Jimmy Graham, leading to a 10-7 lead at the end of the second quarter.
Amani Oruvarie played a Dalton pass for Damier Byrd in the end zone later in the second quarter, but the Lions got nowhere and returned the ball back to the Bears at 1:09 am to play in the half.
Santos scored 43 yards from the field to complete the half.
The Bears defense, which had a bad start, prevailed at the end of the second quarter.
When outside midfielder Robert Quinn defeated quarterback Jared Goff, Travis Gipson knocked the ball out and returned it. Officials initially recalled Goff, but Matt Nagy contested the call and it was canceled.
The Bears started as full-back Artie Burns in place of Kindle Wildor, who fought the Ravens on Sunday, including on their winning game.
The lions pounced on Burns almost immediately. In their first pass, wide receiver Josh Reynolds beat Burns to catch a 39-yard pass from Jared Goff by a 7-0 lead from 9:33 am before the first quarter game.
The Bears hit the 10-yard line with the car, which Dalton passed 33 yards to Mooney and 17 yards to Graham, who made a nice low tack. But Dalton threw consecutive flaws into the home zone on the second and third downs, the latter almost intercepting Oruvari before tight-end Jesse James beat him off.
Santos then scored 28 yards from the field, cutting the Lions lead to 7-3 from 1:24 pm to play in the second quarter.
The Bears inside midfielder Rokuen Smith left the game during the Lions’ first strike in the second quarter, briefly entered the tent with injuries, and then remained on the sideline without a helmet. The Bears announced that he was out with a hamstring injury.
Outside midfielder Sam Camara was excluded from the game with a concussion.
Lyons running backwards, D’Andre Swift was also defeated in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and was eliminated for the rest of the game.
Justin Fields News
NFL Network reported On Thursday, an MRI of the ribs of QB freshman Justin Fields showed that he had “tiny fractures” in several of his ribs.
This is not a major injury, but worse than the publication’s initial report that initial tests showed his ribs were simply bruised.
“We are very fortunate that there is nothing lasting about this; It’s definitely not an IR issue, “Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in his pre-game show at WBBM-AM 780.” It’s more of an everyday thing. We will go through this game. It’s good that after this game you will have extra time to reevaluate not only Justin, but also some other guys, to cure them and prepare them for the game. ”
Bears coach Matt Nagy said earlier this week that he doesn’t know if the injury was from one game or from multiple punches. Fields relinquished Sunday’s defeat to the Ravens early in the third quarter after being shot down 6 yards away.
Thursday is the first game he missed since starting the Bears for then-injured Andy Dalton in week three.
At Halas Hall this week …
After their fifth defeat in a row on Sunday against the Ravens, their short week of preparation for the Lions was cut short by news that the Bears were planning to fire coach Matt Nagy after their Thanksgiving game. Bears chairman George McCuskey told players and coaches that the report was untrue according to Athletic, but it still got in the way of the team’s preparation.