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Jaguars get big play late, beat Bears in Chicago

Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Myles Jack (44) upends Chicago Bears defensive back Brandon Boykin (25) during the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) AP

On a gray autumn day in Chicago, the Bears appeared to have a win over the Jaguars locked up. And then the Jaguars finally got a big play from their passing game.

The turf at Soldier Field was slippery, and with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter the Jags took advantage when Bears cornerback Tracy Porter slipped while covering Jaguars receiver Arrelious Benn, allowing Benn to catch the pass, slip and fall himself, and get up untouched to race to the end zone for a 51-yard go-ahead touchdown. That touchdown gave the Jaguars their 17-16 winning margin.

Bortles hadn’t played well up to that point, throwing an interception and losing a fumble, but the one big play was big enough.

Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer was decent but far from great in his fourth start since taking over for the injured Jay Cutler. At this point, it may not make much difference whether Bears coach John Fox sticks with Hoyer or goes back to Cutler when he’s healthy: Neither quarterback is particularly good.

Neither one of these teams is particularly good, either, but the Jaguars are in the AFC South, which means at 2-3 they’re still in the playoff race. The 1-5 Bears are in last place and going nowhere.

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19 Responses to “Jaguars get big play late, beat Bears in Chicago”
  1. 4sacroc says: Oct 16, 2016 4:11 PM

    And Josh Sitton was injured late in game. Oy.

  2. dirtysouthironmen says: Oct 16, 2016 4:13 PM

    That was an ugy win, but a win nonetheless. I will take it.

  3. dezno24 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:14 PM

    Yes Hoyer can play better. But their was some drops that he put on hands that should have been caught. The defense still continues to stink especially the corners who play 10 yards off and continue to give up big plays. Draft 2017 is the only thing to look forward to.

  4. doug1grohlin says: Oct 16, 2016 4:22 PM

    They win with Jay. Check down Charlie doesn’t cut it.

  5. breadmeatcheese says: Oct 16, 2016 4:30 PM

    im gonna hurl. maybe need to sham-wow the field between possesions. would create around 1000 jobs too. yes support john fox, and loggs. they are doing great. cam meredith looks like the real deal holyfield.

  6. bassplucker says: Oct 16, 2016 4:31 PM

    The instant Kadeem Carey dropped that easy 3rd down pass I said, “we’re gonna lose this game.” The air went out of the Bears offense after that and their D followed suit.

    Bears fans have seen this movie literally dozens of times since the final years of the Lovie regime… one or two errors or bad breaks snowballing and the team finding ways to lose games against teams both good and bad. Until a culture of mental focus, physical toughness and a true commitment to winning is in place at Halas Hall, things aren’t going to change appreciably regardless of who is or isn’t on the roster.

  7. fergie22 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:45 PM

    between the jag fan announcers and refs the biggest farce this year smh

  8. youbettercallsaul says: Oct 16, 2016 5:10 PM

    The Cubs could beat the Bears.

  9. kabasaman says: Oct 16, 2016 5:11 PM

    I can just imagine what happens Thursday night in Cheese land. Deep ,deep trouble. Insult to injury. Maybe the Cubs curse has been transferred to the Bears.

  10. bassplucker says: Oct 16, 2016 5:47 PM

    Among the many problems the Bears have, no one seems to want to talk about the total lack of pass rush other than an occasional flash from Willie Young. Leonard Floyd looks like he will be following the footsteps of Kevin White in giving the team nothing his rookie season, so it would not surprise me at all if Ryan Pace goes back to that well again next April with Myles Garrett, who I expect they will be drafting high enough to take.

    Credit to Fangio for dramatically improving the Bears run D this season but between lack of pressure and poor coverage in the D Backfield their pass defense has been atrocious. The Jags gutted out enough early bad throws and drops today to take advantage of that at the end so hats off to them.

  11. wnstonchill says: Oct 16, 2016 6:17 PM

    One of the most gut wrenching losses in recent memory. Good enough to dominate for 58/60 minutes & find a way to lose.
    Is it time to rent another advisor to do Ted Phillips’ job & hire another zGM?? The “Backwards Bears”

  12. firejerry says: Oct 16, 2016 6:39 PM

    I am thinking 1 and 15

    I am thinking……..1 win 15 losses, however. they will blow their first round pick like they have for the last 10 years……..the last two really have contributed nothing.

  13. metalhead65 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:08 PM

    all the penalties came back to haunt them along with a pathetic performance from hoyer. the guy can’t throw the ball more than 5 yards and folds under pressure. the min. the jags scored their first td you knew they were going to lose. that meant hoyer had to make a play to keep drives alive and could not. every third down pass was a check down while guys were running wide open and he did not even look their way. you can hate Cutler all you want but he gives them a chance to win unlike hoyer who puts up pretty stats but does not win. at this point if they are moving on from Cutler then put in Matt Barkley and see if he has anything as he has never gotten a chance to prove anything in the league yet. he can’t be any worse than hoyer and if he is that gives them a better shot at the top pick in the draft.

  14. tshpro says: Oct 16, 2016 8:05 PM

    It is time for the McCaskey clan to sell the team to someone who will do something with it. Papa Bear would not settle for this crap.

  15. jaxbeachsurfshop says: Oct 16, 2016 8:31 PM

    I still don’t want Gus bradley as coach. He is still awful. The offense has taken 2 steps back, and yes the D has improved vastly, that still doesn’t make Bradley a keeper. He’s a great guy who isn’t a CEO. Rarely are ceos great dudes.

  16. dadsource says: Oct 16, 2016 8:49 PM

    Dammit! My Jags won. I want Bradley fired. I want Bortles gone. He is TERRIBLE. Interception and a fumble.

    Rookie mistakes for years now….

  17. Indybear says: Oct 16, 2016 9:41 PM

    A tough game to watch and an uninspiring loss with terrible coaching to boot. Even tougher is reading whining comments and “analysis” from the very same person who again, just as in years past, gave up on the team during the preseason. Save it. This team is terrible and that is obvious to the casual viewer. The weekly needs analysis is laughable as you struggle to convince yourself you are actually a fan.

  18. meltuckersfreerelease says: Oct 16, 2016 11:26 PM

    This team is as badly prepared, and as horrible at in-game adjustments as the Trestman era.

    You heard it here first. Fox will not return next year. I actually think its possible (but not likely) that he doesn’t finish the year, as Pace is under tremendous pressure.

    And he should be. He was brought in to draft better, period. And his two first round top ten draft picks aren’t playing, and don’t even look like they’d hold down roster spots if not for their draft status.

    I would say they hit rock bottom today, except that they could lose by 40 on Thursday.

  19. firejerry says: Oct 17, 2016 10:08 AM

    Pace was brought in to draft better, but has failed with his two top ten draft picks which look to be total busts. I believe that many of his later round draft picks are starting would not start for most teams, they simply are talent poor and just a poor organization. Cleveland and Chicago the worst teams in the NFL!!!!!!

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