Live Blog: Bears Lead Broncos in 4th Quarter
The Chicago Bears are trying to earn their first win of the season as they take on former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and the Denver Broncos.
Unlike their first game, the Bears were dedicated to the running game early and often, throwing former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for a bit of a loop. While the scheme didn’t yield immediate dividends, it did allow the Bears to have one of their first sustained drives of the season in the first quarter.
The Bears’ defense also continued its strong play, mixing fronts and rushes to throw Joe Flacco and company off balance. Brandon McManus did make a 43-yard field goal in the first quarter, giving Denver a 3-0 lead that held through the first 15 minutes of play.
In the second quarter the Bears got to within field goal range, but they were stopped just inside the red zone early in the frame and were forced to settle for a 40-yard field goal from Eddy Pineiro, tying things up at 3-3.
With a little more than five minutes to go in the half, the Bears were able to edge in front as Pineiro made another field goal, this one a 52-yarder that followed a 10-play, 56-yard drive. That field goal gave the Bears a 6-3 lead, which they held until the half.
Continuing to run the ball, the Bears put together a nine-play, 80-yard drive late in the third quarter that featured long runs from Cordarrelle Patterson, who reeled off a 46-yard run, and Taylor Gabriel, who got the team within striking distance.
After a Denver penalty, the Bears were finally able to break through as David Montgomery barely reached the nose of the football over the goal line to put the Bears in front 13-3 with a minute to play in the third quarter.