Bears edge Giants in thriller
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP):
Mitchell Trubisky threw two touchdown passes and the Chicago Bears hung on to beat the New York Giants 17-13 yesterday.
The Bears (2-0) grabbed a 17-0 half-time lead and withstood a big push a week after rallying from 17 down at Detroit for their first season-opening win in seven years.
The Giants (0-2) refused to go quietly even though they lost star running back Saquon Barkley to a right-knee injury on the opening play of the second quarter.
New York’s Dion Lewis made it a seven-point game when he ploughed in from the 1 in the opening minute of the fourth.
James Bradbury then intercepted Trubisky when he ripped the ball out of Allen Robinson’s hands, leading to a 37-yard field goal by Graham Gano that cut it to 17-13 with 7:43 minutes remaining.
The Bears caught a big break on fourth down at the New York 36 with just under four minutes left. New York’s Blake Martinez deflected a pass intended for Jimmy Graham, and the ball ricocheted to tackle Bobby Massie for a first down. Cairo Santos missed wide left on a 50-yard field goal attempt, giving New York the ball on the 40 with 2:02 minutes remaining.
The Giants drove to the 10 before Golden Tate got flagged for pushing off against Eddie Jackson near the goal line on an incomplete pass as time expired.
Trubisky completed 18 of 28 passes for 190 yards and was intercepted twice.
He threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to David Montgomery on the game’s opening possession and fired a 15-yarder to Darnell Mooney in the closing seconds of the first half to give the Bears a 17-0 lead.
Montgomery ran for 82 yards. Robert Quinn had a strip sack in the first quarter that led to a field goal in his Bears debut after missing the opener with an ankle injury. Khalil Mack had his first sack of the season and recovered a fumble for Chicago.
Limited to six yards on 15 attempts against Pittsburgh last Monday night, Barkley came up clutching his right knee when he was dragged down by Jackson at the end of a run. The 2018 offensive rookie of the year was taken for X-rays after being helped to the sideline and will be examined further today.
Daniel Jones threw for 241 yards and an interception. Giants coach Joe Judge is still looking for his first win.
Yesterday’s NFL results
Browns 35-30 Bengals
Bears 17-13 Giants
Eagles 19-37 Rams
Cowboys 40-39 Falcons
Buccaneers 31-17 Panthers
Jets 13-31 49ers
Steelers 26-21 Broncos
Titans 33-30 Jaguars
Packers 42-21 Lions
Dolphins 28-31 Bills
Colts 28-11 Vikings
Cardinals 30-15 Washington
Texans 16-33 Ravens
Chargers 20-23 Chiefs