Bears sink to new low with loss to 49′ers

Bears drop second-straight, losing 26-18 to Saints.

Former Chicago Bear Robbie Gould kicked a 24-yard field goal in the closing seconds and homegrown QB Jimmy Garoppolo was efficient in leading the San Francisco 49′ers to a come-from-behind 15-14 victory over the hapless Bears Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. The 49′ers won for only the second time (2-10) this season while the Bears dropped their fifth straight contest to fall to 3-9.

Gould, who was surprisingly let go prior to the beginning of the 2016 season, converted on five short kicks to account for all of the San Francisco scoring. He savored his return to the Windy City. “I wanted this one really bad,” Gould said. “I downplayed it all week for my own peace of mind, to be honest with you. I’m just happy it went this way.”

On a balmy December afternoon that saw Chicago temperatures hovering in the mid-50′s, San Francisco looked right at home as they dominated the offensive statistics (total yards, 388-147) and time of possession (38:47-21:13). Garoppolo, making his first 49′ers start after being acquired at the trade deadline from New England, displayed command in the pocket and an accurate arm as he repeatedly found soft spots in the middle of the Chicago defense.

Garoppolo kept the chains moving, frustrating the Bears attack unit with repeated third-down conversions.  Playing in front of many friends and family, the former Eastern Illinois passer who grew up as a Bears fan in the Chicago suburbs, completed 26-of-37 passes for 293 yards and one interception. He was particularly effective in rolling out, buying extra time to throw, and then finding a open 49′ers receiver downfield. The 49′ers marched from their own 8 to the Chicago 7 on the final drive. READ MORE

High-flying Eagles soar past Bears

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Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes and easily guided the  home-standing Eagles past the Chicago Bears 31-3 Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The streaking Eagles (10-1) have won nine straight games while the Bears sink to 3-8.

Philadelphia dominated the contest from start to finish, jumping out to a 24-0 halftime lead and controlling both field position and the line of scrimmage. The Eagles banged out 196 rushing yards and Wentz efficiently sliced up the Bears secondary. Philadelphia outgained Chicago 420 yards to 14o, highlighting the disparity in talent between the two clubs. Eagles TE Zach Ertz  found open spaces underneath the Chicago secondary and added 103 receiving yards on 10 catches and a touchdown.

In perhaps the understatement of the season, Bears head coach John Fox said matter-of-factly, “We didn’t play well enough in any phase for us to compete. The game was not competitive from early on.” READ MORE

Five Bears thoughts prior to Eagles kick

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Losers of three straight, the Chicago Bears (3-7) head into high cotton on the road at the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) on Sunday.

Here are five things to watch and think about ahead of Sunday’s tilt.

1. The continued development of Mitch Trubisky….  Each week, the Bears catch a glimpse of the traits that made Trubisky the second overall pick in last April’s draft. In last week’s loss to Detroit, his fourth down scramble and subsequent dart to Dontrelle Inman put the team in position to attempt a possible game-tying field goal.

Trubisky will be challenged on the road against a stingy Eagles defense. His ability to maintain his composure and play through adversity should make him better in the long run.

2. Can the Bears absorb the loss of Leonard Floyd?…Floyd had developed into a better all-around defender in year two, and his absence depletes a unit already shy of impact players.  Though his sack numbers were down, Floyd’s speed and range made him a player offenses had to scheme against.  READ MORE