There were many culprits for the Chicago Bears loss to the New York Giants, but here are the top three.
The Chicago Bears fell victim to the parity of the NFL yesterday when they lost a heartbreaker to the New York Giants, 30-27. It was a sloppy affair from start to finish, but the Bears had a chance to pull out the win when they really had no business doing so based on how they played.
Magically they scored 10 points in the last 1:40, including recovering an onsides kick. The end of the game was entertaining if nothing else, but at the end of the day, the team couldn’t get it done when it counted the most — particularly in overtime.
As fans stepped away from their television sets and emotions began to subside, there were a number of missteps that ultimately cost the team this game. It’s almost impossible to point to one particular person or play and pin the loss on him or it.
Speaking of one particular play, most fans will point to Matt Nagy calling a timeout just before the half. The Bears had just sacked Eli Manning to set up 3rd and 23. Immediately after the play, Nagy called a timeout with about 17 seconds on the clock. The hope was to stop the Giants and bring the house trying to block the punt. Instead, the Giants picked up 22 yards and kicked a 57-yard field goal, and the Bears eventually lost by three.
Fans blaming the entire game on this play shouldn’t. Look, the Bears are supposed to have the best defense in the league, so if you trust them (which he does) you trust them to not give up 22 yards and get off the field. In addition, the offense had done very little up to that point, so I can’t fault Nagy for trying to steal some points.
In any event, there was plenty of other blame to go around. Again, while no single person or event was responsible, all of the following significantly contributed to the loss.