The New York Giants had all the opportunities in the world to knock off the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field, but they simply couldn’t get the job done.
Instead, the Giants left with their seventh straight loss — a 19-14 defeat — and fell to 2-9 on the season. With the loss, it ensures the Giants will finish with a sub-.500 record for the third consecutive season.
Even a victory against the lowly Giants counts, and so the Bears will celebrate escaping Soldier Field with a 19-14 win Sunday afternoon.
The effort against a 2-9 Giants team may not mean much in measuring improvement this season, but the Bears at least can count some positives.
The Bears offense surpassed 300 yards for just the second time this season. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed 25 of 41 passes for 278 yards. He had a touchdown pass and a touchdown run but also threw two interceptions.
It took a late effort by the Bears defense to stall a potential winning Giants touchdown drive.
After gaining second-and-4 at the Giants’ 35 in the final two minutes, Daniel Jones threw three straight incompletions to give the Bears the ball. On fourth-and-4, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd got in Jones’ face, and cornerback Prince Amukamara broke up the desperate pass.
This was an extremely ugly game for the Giants with too many mental mistakes, blown coverages and a lot of missed opportunities to leave Chicago with a win.
One of the very few bright spots was rookie tight end Kaden Smith, who caught his very first touchdown of his NFL career early on in the game.