Chicago Bears: 5 takeaways from their win over Giants
Chicago Bears: The Monsters of the Midway handed New York their sixth straight loss Thursday night. With the win, the Chicago Bears snapped their own two-game losing streak.
The Chicago Bears saw an opponent with a championship in its recent history, not a team searching for its first victory.Skip to next paragraph
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That made them just a little apprehensive about this game.
Turns out, they had good reason.
The Bears (4-2) snapped a two-game slide following a 3-0 start. New York is 0-6 for the first time since the 1976 team dropped its first nine, a stunning turn for a franchise that won the Super Bowl two years ago.
"They're fighters," Chicago's Lance Briggs said. "We've got a fighting team. That's a Tom Coughlin-coached team. They're going to come out well-prepared, and they executed well."
The Giants came in clinging to the belief they could claw their way back into the NFC East race because every team in the division has a losing record. It's hard to see that happening the way they're playing.
"We're all sick of it," Coughlin said. "We're all sick of losing, but we put ourselves in this position. There is only one way to get out of it."
Cutler and Marshall were in tune early on, connecting for two touchdowns, and Jennings returned an interception 48 yards for a score as Chicago built a 24-14 halftime lead.
The Bears were up by 13 when New York's Brandon Jacobs ran it in from the 1 in the closing seconds of the third quarter after Jennings got called for interference against Hakeem Nicks near the goal line. That cut it to 27-21, but Jennings made up for it in a big way when he picked off an overthrown pass by Manning intended for tight end Brandon Myers at the 10 with 1:54 left in the game.
Cutler was 24 of 36 for 262 yards after throwing for 358 against New Orleans last week. Marshall played a huge role in this one after venting over a lack of catches against the Saints, finishing with nine receptions for 87 yards. Martellus Bennett had 68 yards on six catches against his former team, while Alshon Jeffery had just one reception after going off for a franchise-record 218 yards in the previous game.
Robbie Gould kicked two field goals, including a 52-yarder in the third quarter that gave him 12 straight conversions from 50 or longer, and the Bears eased at least a few nerves, even if this win came against one of the NFL's four winless teams