Jan 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Three TDs in fourth quarter get Vikings past Bears

Kirk Cousins completed 14 of 22 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns, and the Minnesota Vikings rallied for a 31-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn and Patrick Peterson each scored fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Vikings finished the game with 21 unanswered points. Ihmir Smith-Marsette also had a touchdown reception for Minnesota (8-9).

Andy Dalton completed 33 of 48 passes for 325 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Chicago (6-11). Darnell Mooney had 12 catches for 126 yards, and Damien Williams caught a touchdown pass.

The Vikings pulled even at 17-17 with 13:35 to go in the fourth quarter. Jefferson got behind Bears safety Eddie Jackson, and Cousins found him for a 45-yard touchdown.

Minnesota scored the go-ahead touchdown with 8:04 remaining. Cousins had time in the pocket and fired a strike to Osborn in the back left corner of the end zone for a 21-yard score.

On the Bears’ next possession, the Vikings’ defense stepped up. Peterson scored on a 66-yard interception return to make it 31-17 with 5:10 left. It was his first pick-six since Nov. 9, 2014, with the Arizona Cardinals.

Chicago started the scoring on its opening drive. Cairo Santos made a 43-yard field goal with 12:13 to go in the first quarter.

Santos connected again, this time from 46 yards, to make it 6-0 with five minutes left in the second quarter.

The Bears increased their lead to 14-0 after a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 31 seconds to go in the first half. Williams scored on a 23-yard reception for his 25th career touchdown (14 rushing, 11 receiving).

The Vikings got on the scoreboard with three seconds left in the half. Cousins completed three quick passes for 65 yards, and Greg Joseph ended the drive with a 39-yard field goal.

Early in the third quarter, Minnesota pulled within 14-10 on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Smith-Marsette. It was the second touchdown of the season for Smith-Marsette, a rookie fifth-round pick out of Iowa.

Chicago made it 17-10 on Santos’ 42-yard field goal with 1:41 remaining in the third quarter.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the football in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Bears to start Andy Dalton over Nick Foles in home finale

The Chicago Bears named quarterback Andy Dalton to start in the team’s home finale Sunday against the New York Giants.

Dalton will take over from Nick Foles, who guided the Bears to a 25-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks last week to end a three-game losing streak. Foles had taken over for rookie QB Justin Fields, who was out with an ankle injury.

Dalton started the first two games of the season for the Bears, until he was replaced by Fields. Dalton also started in Weeks 12 and 13. Chicago is 2-2 in Dalton starts this season.

Dalton, 34, has passed for 1,017 yards this season with six touchdowns and six interceptions. He was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Dec. 23 but did not play last Sunday.

Foles threw for 250 yards with a TD and no interceptions against the Seahawks, making his first appearance this season after starting seven of the nine games he played for the Bears last season.

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Dec 26, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy stands on the sideline during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Bears coach Matt Nagy says he expects to finish out season

As rumors continue to swirl around coach Matt Nagy’s future with the Chicago Bears, he was asked during media availability on Monday if he expects to be coaching for the team’s final two games this season.

“Yes,” he said.

He was a lot more effusive over the effort his team gave in Sunday’s 25-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

“One thing you can always evaluate is effort from players,” Nagy said. “You never know (what the result will be). But you can always judge effort. We saw that yesterday. … You value that. It states to who the players are in this building. They deserve that and they deserve to have the feeling to win. It’s been a little while. When you get a chance to get a win, you’ve got to enjoy it. And for me personally, I’m just really happy for the players.”

The Bears (5-10), one of eight NFL teams already eliminated from playoff contention, snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday. Chicago has never fired a coach in-season, but a new NFL rule lets teams interview candidates the final two weeks of the season if a coach has already left the team or has been notified he will not return the following season.

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Dec 26, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Chicago Bears defensive end Bilal Nichols (98) during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Foles leads late comeback as Bears rally to beat Seahawks

Nick Foles threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham with 1:01 remaining and completed a subsequent two-point conversion to Damiere Byrd as the Chicago Bears eliminated the Seattle Seahawks from playoff contention with a 25-24 victory on a snowy Sunday in Seattle.

The Bears (5-10) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, pulling to 24-17 on Cairo Santos’ 35-yard field goal with 10:46 remaining.

The Seahawks (5-10) had two chances to put the game away, but Jason Myers missed a 39-yard field-goal attempt with 7:23 to go and they punted on fourth-and-21 from Chicago’s 40-yard line with 3:03 remaining.

Foles, who started in place of the injured Justin Fields, drove the Bears 80 yards in five plays for the winning score.

He hit Darnell Mooney for a 30-yard gain on first down and a roughing-the-passer penalty on Darrell Taylor moved the ball to Seattle’s 35.

Foles then hit running back David Montgomery with passes of 10 and 14 yards to move to the 11 at the two-minute warning.

On the next play, Foles fumbled while being sacked by Seattle’s Carlos Dunlap II, but Bears offensive lineman Germain Ifedi recovered.

Immediately thereafter, Foles lofted a pass into the left corner of the end zone toward Graham — like Ifedi a former Seahawk — and the 6-foot-7 Graham came down with the ball against two defenders.

Chicago coach Matt Nagy decided to go for two, and Foles fired a strike to Byrd in the back of the end zone among three defenders.

Foles was 24 of 35 for 250 yards. Montgomery gained 106 yards from scrimmage, rushing for 45 yards and adding a team-high 61 yards on seven receptions. He scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

Seattle’s Rashaad Penny rushed for 135 yards, two shy of his career-high set two weeks ago at Houston, and a touchdown.

Russell Wilson was 16 of 27 for 181 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks played in the snow at home for the first time since 2008. Wilson threw a 41-yard scoring strike to DK Metcalf on Seattle’s second possession of the game and a 24-yarder to tight end Gerald Everett with 3:32 left in the third quarter that give the Seahawks a 24-14 lead.

Seattle led 17-7 at the half, but the Bears closed the gap on Khalil Herbert’s 20-yard touchdown run with 5:30 to go in the third quarter to stay within striking distance.

–Field Level Media

Aug 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) walks off the field after the game against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Bears QB Nick Foles to start Sunday vs. Seahawks

Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles will start Sunday at Seattle, head coach Matt Nagy confirmed Friday.

Justin Fields is dealing with an ankle injury and Nagy said it will be a game-time decision whether the rookie will be Foles’ backup when the Bears (4-10) face the Seahawks (5-9).

Andy Dalton was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday but has been ruled out for Week 16 with injuries to his left hand and groin.

Fields, who missed Weeks 12-13 with cracked ribs, injured his ankle in the second quarter of Monday night’s 17-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He stayed in the game, passing for 285 yards and one touchdown.

Foles, 32, will be making his 2021 season debut. He went 2-5 as a starter for Chicago last season, completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 1,852 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

The Super Bowl LII MVP with Philadelphia, Foles owns a 28-27 career record with 13,753 passing yards, 81 TDs and 43 picks in 67 games (55 starts) with the Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and Bears.

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Dec 12, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) is tackled by Chicago Bears linebacker Trevis Gipson (99) in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers’ 4 TDs lead Packers to wild win over Bears

Aaron Rodgers passed for 341 yards and four touchdowns and Davante Adams had 121 receiving yards and two scores to lift the host Green Bay Packers to a 45-30 win against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

NFC North-leading Green Bay (10-3) seized control with rushing and receiving touchdowns from Aaron Jones a minute apart in the third quarter as the Bears (4-9) sputtered to their seventh loss in eight games.

Jakeem Grant had 177 total yards for Chicago while visiting the end zone on a 46-yard catch-and-run and a 97-yard punt return in a high-octane second quarter. The Bears held a 24-21 edge over the 15 minutes in what now ranks as the highest-scoring quarter between the rivals, who met for the 204th time Sunday.

The Bears and Packers combined for five touchdowns of 35-plus yards in the second quarter, the first such quarter in the NFL since 1951. Rasul Douglas struck for Green Bay’s most explosive play in that span, scoring on a 55-yard return of a Justin Fields interception.

After also returning an interception for a touchdown in Green Bay’s most recent game, Douglas is the second Packer in franchise history to register a pick-six in consecutive weeks. Hall of Famer Herb Adderley also accomplished the feat in 1965.

Green Bay trailed 27-21 at halftime but outscored the Bears 17-0 in the third quarter while boasting a 151-8 edge in net yards. The Packers opened the quarter with a nine-play, 75-yard drive capped by Jones’ 3-yard scoring run, with the ensuing point-after giving the Packers the lead for good with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter.

After a strip sack of Fields on the Bears’ next possession, Rodgers found Jones for a 23-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 35-27.

Fields, who missed the past two games with injured ribs, was 18-for-33 passing for 224 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for a game-high 74 yards. Cairo Santos kicked field goals of 23, 44 and 43 yards as the Bears reached a season high in points.

Rodgers was 29-for-37 through the air while eclipsing 300 yards passing for the third straight game. AJ Dillon had 15 carries for 71 yards for the Packers.

Both teams had offensive linemen leave the game with injuries — Billy Turner (knee) for the Packers and Jason Peters (ankle) for the Bears.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bears QB Justin Fields (ribs) to remain starter upon return

Injured Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will remain the starter when he returns from cracked ribs, head coach Matt Nagy said Friday.

Fields was ruled out of Thursday’s game at Detroit and Andy Dalton led the Bears (4-7) to a 16-14 victory to end a five-game losing streak.

A prior NFL Network report said the rookie’s rib fractures were tiny and it was not considered a significant injury.

“When Justin is healthy, he’s the starter,” Nagy said. “It’s pretty simple.”

Fields was injured in last Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Sitting out Thursday’s game gave him 10 days to recover before Chicago’s Dec. 5 date with the Arizona Cardinals.

Fields, 22, has thrown for 1,361 yards with four touchdowns against eight interceptions in 10 games (eight starts) this season. He has rushed for 311 yards and two scores.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) gets tackeld by Detroit Lions cornerback Amani Oruwariye (24) and free safety Tracy Walker III (21) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Bears snap five-game skid, beat hapless Lions

Cairo Santos kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and the visiting Chicago Bears edged the winless Detroit Lions 16-14 on Thursday.

Andy Dalton threw for 317 yards and a touchdown, completing 24 of 39 passes with one interception. Darnell Mooney caught five passes for 123 yards for the Bears (4-7), who snapped a five-game losing streak. Cole Kmet had eight receptions for 65 yards.

The Bears controlled the ball for the last 8:30, spanning 18 plays.

Jared Goff completed 21 of 25 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns for Detroit (0-10-1). Goff missed Detroit’s previous game with an oblique injury. Josh Reynolds had three receptions for 70 yards, including a 39-yard score.

Lions running back D’Andre Swift suffered a shoulder injury during the second quarter and did not return. Swift had 266 rushing yards in the previous two games. He carried three times for 0 yards on Thursday.

Chicago rookie quarterback Justin Fields was inactive due to a ribs injury. The team’s top wideout, Allen Robinson, was also inactive because of a hamstring strain.

The Bears led 13-7 at halftime.

Reynolds, who was playing in his second game with Detroit after being waived by Tennessee, beat one-on-one coverage to cap off the Lions’ first possession. Goff’s 39-yard pass was just his second touchdown toss since Oct. 3.

The Bears got on the board early in the second quarter on Santos’ 28-yard field goal. The Bears needed just two plays on their next possession to take the lead.

Dalton connected with Mooney on a 52-yard gain before finding Jimmy Graham from 17 yards out. Graham’s touchdown was his first of the season.

Both teams had turnovers late in the half. Trevis Gipson forced and recovered a Goff fumble, but Dalton was picked off in the end zone by Amani Oruwariye.

Chicago quickly forced a punt and moved into field-goal position. Santos drilled a 43-yarder on the last play.

Santos missed a 53-yard attempt midway through the third quarter.

Detroit took the lead at 14-13 late in the quarter on Goff’s 17-yard strike to T.J. Hockenson.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Bears to start QB Andy Dalton on Thanksgiving

Andy Dalton will start at quarterback for the Chicago Bears on Thursday at Detroit.

Coach Matt Nagy confirmed the news Tuesday but added that rookie Justin Fields will regain the No. 1 job when he is healthy.

Fields suffered a rib injury in Sunday’s 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Sitting out the Thanksgiving Day game will give him another 10 days to recover before Chicago’s Dec. 5 date with the Arizona Cardinals.

Nick Foles likely will serve as the backup Thursday when the reeling Bears (3-7) try to snap their five-game losing streak against the winless Lions (0-9-1).

Dalton, 34, is 1-1 as a starter this season and has completed 48 of 73 passes for 471 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in four games.

Fields, 22, is 2-6 as the starter and has completed 115 of 198 passes for 1,361 yards with four touchdowns and eight interceptions. The first-round draft pick has also rushed 56 times for 311 yards and two scores.

Foles, 32, has not seen any action this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Chicago Bears running back Damien Williams (8) carries the ball during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Bears downgrade RB Damien Williams to doubtful

A rough week for Chicago Bears running back Damien Williams started with him working his way through a knee injury, and now he is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens with a calf injury.

The Bears downgraded Williams on Saturday after the calf injury that appears to have occurred during practice this week.

Williams, 29, has 139 yards rushing on 37 carries in seven games (two starts) with two touchdowns. He also has 11 receptions for 64 yards.

Earlier in the week, the team put outside linebacker Khalil Mack on injured reserve with a season-ending foot injury.

Chicago will be without defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle), while wide receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) is doubtful.

–Field Level Media