Three takeaways from Bears overtime loss to Giants

In a game full of twists and turns that ultimately proved frustrating, the Chicago Bears fell 30-27 to the New York Giants in overtime Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, NJ.

Here are three takeaways from the deflating defeat:
1. The Bears need Mitch Trubisky. Backup Chase Daniel performed admirably in the Thanksgiving day victory over Detroit, but struggled badly with ball security against the Giants. His pick six on the second play of scrimmage provided the Giants early confidence. Later, Daniel threw another interception as the Bears were marching into the red zone. Though damp and misty conditions lingered throughout the game, Daniel fumbled four times (Chicago recovered all four) and held onto the ball too long on several ocassions, leading to sacks.

Trubisky’s health will be watched closely this week in preparation for the Sunday night kick versus the Rams. He threw lightly on the field during pre-game, but the Rams front four poses a difficult challenge if he isn’t 100 percent.

2. Chicago’s vaunted defense shows too many cracks at inopportune times. The Bears fought back to tie the contest and send it to an extra session, but were gouged for 29 yards to begin the overtime by New York rookie RB Saquon Barkley.

Without turnovers, it appears the Bears attack unit fades in the second half. Giants QB Eli Manning had plenty of time to throw in the second half and overtime period, and he worked the underneath routes to move the chains and position New York for the eventual game-winning fifeld goal.

3. Coaching contributed to the loss. Bears head coach Matt Nagy’s head-scratching decision to call timeout late in the first half as the Giants were content to run out the clock helped change the game and gave New York newfound momentum when it appeared to be all Bears.

Nagy receives generally high marks for the turnaround job he’s done with a Bears team that finished last four straight seasons, but he’s demonstrated a time or two that he has a ways to go with sideline adjustments.

Meanwhile, Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio’s unit (see above) couldn’t stop the Giants in the second half or overtime. The Giants reeled off 17 points to seemingly take control of the contest before the Bears stormed back late to tie the contest and send it into overtime.

Extra Points:
“The very first thing I said to our guys in the locker room is be proud that we fought to the very end,” stated Nagy. “Not every team will do that. We’ve got a bunch of high-character guys that fight until the end, and that’s a credit to them. We’ve got to figure out to learn from this.”…Chicago did receive some good news Sunday when the Vikings and Packers both lost, allowing the Bears to maintain a 1.5 game lead in the NFC North….The defeat spoiled a big day for RB Tarik Cohen, who threw a touchdown and caught 12 passes for 156-yards.

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