In a game with six lead changes, the Bears had the last one.
Bears kicker Robbie Gould nailed a 49-yard field goal with two seconds left, and the Bears beat the Raiders, 22-20. It was a back-and-forth battle that looked late in the game like it would go to the Raiders, but Bears quarterback Jay Cutler managed to drive the Bears into field goal range, and Gould took care of the rest. The Raiders tried a multiple-lateral desperation return on the ensuing kickoff as time expired, but they ultimately fell short.
It was a solid game from Cutler, who had 281 passing yards after missing last week with a hamstring injury, and also a big game from Martellus Bennett, who had 11 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. The Bears improved to 1-3.
For the Raiders, falling to 2-2 on a day when they could have won hurts. But they can be happy that Derek Carr and Amari Cooper continued to play well. The Raiders have the pieces of a good team, even if they’re not a good team yet.
There were a few injuries of note: Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree hurt his ankle but managed to return to the game; Bears safety Antrel Rolle hurt his ankle and did not return.
The Bears still don’t look like a team going anywhere, but a win may quiet the calls for a fire sale in Chicago. The Raiders still look like a team with promise, but a loss shows that they still have plenty of work to do.