Giants bounce back to beat Bears in OT

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It looked like the Giants had a win in their pocket with just under two minutes to play on Sunday, but they’d have to wait a lot longer to celebrate.

The Bears rallied for a quick field goal, recovered an onside kick and then got a touchdown pass from running back Tarik Cohen to wide receiver Anthony Miller on the last play of regulation. An extra point forced overtime and gave the Bears a chance to extend their winning streak to six games.

They couldn’t make it happen, however. The Giants drove for a field goal to open the extra session and a fourth-down pass to Allen Robinson fell incomplete to finally give the home side a 30-27 win.

Odell Beckham appeared to have a chance to grab the fateful onside kick, but didn’t fully extend his arms to get the ball. That marred an otherwise good day for the wideout as he threw a touchdown pass and then caught one as the Giants moved into the lead in the third quarter.

The touchdown passes by Beckham and Cohen were joined by a touchdown run by Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks as both sides found ways to score while their quarterbacks were having shaky games. Chase Daniel‘s first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown and he was picked again in the first half to kill a drive in Giants territory.

It was a good thing the Giants got that touchdown by linebacker Alec Ogletree, because the Giants offense was ineffective for most of the first half. The biggest exception was a 22-yard run by Saquon Barkley late in the second quarter that helped the team to a field goal at the whistle. Bears head coach made that possible by calling a timeout after back-to-back sacks of Eli Manning, but let several seconds tick off the clock in the interim so the Bears wouldn’t have had much time to try for anything after a punt.

Barkley continued to run well in the second half and Beckham’s touchdowns in the third quarter changed the tenor of the game. He threw a 49-yard pass to Russell Shepard for his second touchdown pass of the year and then caught a one-yard pass for a score on fourth down when Eli Manning was able to get the ball away in the face of a heavy Bears blitz.

The Bears would sack Manning three times, but gave up that big Barkley play in the second quarter and struggled getting off the field in the second half of the game. They weren’t getting much help from the offense as the Bears ran for just five yards in the second half after putting up 106 before the break. Late heroics aside, Daniel didn’t play nearly as well as he did on Thanksgiving, so the Bears will likely be looking forward to getting Mitchell Trubisky back as they try to nail down the NFC North.

That effort will start with a game against the Rams next week, so they’ll need to get back on their feet right away.

24 responses to “Giants bounce back to beat Bears in OT

  1. Nagy playing it just a bit too cool. Trying to steal one with Daniels against the lousy Giants as he figured the PATS will handle the Vikings and keep the Bears relative NFC position against the Vikings. There is a reason the Daniels has played only 3 games in a 9 year career and we saw it today. A master of the fumble. Only the Giants could have let this go to overtime. If you have trouble with a 3 win Giant team as they did today playoff hopes might be just a bit premature. It’s only lucky for the Bears that both Green Bay and the Lions really are terrible this year as well.

  2. Never should have been OT. The Bears had a horseshoe up the backside and shouldn’t have been in this game.

  3. Kudos to the Bears for fighting back but way too little late. They came out very unprepared and it got worse from there. Hard to still see Nagy in the COY conversation after laying an egg like that in a critical game. As a Bears fan I would have loved to see them pull it out but the reality is they deserve the L. Hoping it’s a wake up call that nobody just hands you a playoff spot.

  4. Nagy playing it just a bit too cool. Trying to steal one with Daniels against the lousy Giants as he figured the PATS will handle the Vikings and keep the Bears relative NFC position against the Vikings. There is a reason the Daniels has played only 3 games in a 9 year career and we saw it today. A master of the fumble. Only the Giants could have let this go to overtime. If you have trouble with a 3 win Giant team as they did today playoff hopes might be just a bit premature. It’s lucky for the Bears that both Green Bay and the Lions really are terrible this year as well.

  5. iowahbr says:
    December 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm
    Nagy playing it just a bit too cool. Trying to steal one with Daniels against the lousy Giants as he figured the PATS will handle the Vikings and keep the Bears relative NFC position against the Vikings. There is a reason the Daniels has played only 3 games in a 9 year career and we saw it today. A master of the fumble. Only the Giants could have let this go to overtime. If you have trouble with a 3 win Giant team as they did today playoff hopes might be just a bit premature. It’s only lucky for the Bears that both Green Bay and the Lions really are terrible this year as well.
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    Is your keyboard stuck? Third exact same post over two stories. Did you cut and paste this from somewhere else?

  6. jangles1974 says:
    December 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm
    They went 1-0 in two road games with a back up QB. Seems OK.
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    1-1.

  7. I was thinking, wow, not one Mack reference in that article. Then i remembered that it’s December, the time when Mack usually disappears.

  8. As a Vikes fan, what a perfect time for a victory, but it doesn’t look good. A clean sweep of the NFC North is coming.

  9. joetoronto says:
    December 2, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    I don’t understand how the Bears lost, don’t they have Khalil Mack?

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    Mack plays for a 1st place team…the Raiders are arguably the worst team in the NFL

  10. This was without a doubt the worst officiated game I’ve watched all year. Both sides got jobbed, multiple times. And the lead official comes off as an even more arrogant pr##k than most of them.

  11. It doesn’t really matter, they tried to get a win with the backup so they could have a 100% healthy Tribusky for the rams. They were a play or two away from doing just that. At the end of the day they will hold the same lead over the Vikings that they did yesterday and will be full strength for the rams at home. They can clinch the division in the next 3 games and then the rest is history.

  12. Let’s face it. The Vikings suck. They are bad. Cousins is a good statistician but he isn’t going to lead this team anywhere. Defense is not that good, not as good as the Bears, and neither of these teams are going to press deep into the playoffs. I wonder if the Vikings even get there.

  13. So the Giants plan is to keep Eli in and try to win every game so they can finish 5-11 and get a worse draft pick? Wouldn’t it be smarter to see what they have with the young guys?

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