NFL Game Recap - Chicago at Denver
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

TB
20
CAR
14
F
DAL
31
WAS
21
F
IND
19
TEN
17
F
SEA
28
PIT
26
F
BUF
28
NYG
14
F
NE
43
MIA
0
F
JAX
12
HOU
13
F
MIN
16
GB
21
F
LAC
10
DET
13
F
SF
41
CIN
17
F
ARI
17
BAL
23
F
KC
28
OAK
10
F
NO
9
LAR
27
F
CHI
16
DEN
14
F
PHI
20
ATL
24
F
CLE
23
NYJ
3
F

Chicago 16, Denver 14

Sep 15, 2019, 4:25 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Chicago (1-1)

0

6

7

3

16

Denver (0-2)

3

0

0

11

14

Pineiro's 53-yard field goal lifts Bears past Broncos 16-14
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:11 PM

DENVER (AP) Eddy Pineiro won Chicago's nerve-wracking kicking competition.

Now, he's winning over Bears fans and teammates who suffered through the double-doink miss by Cody Parkey that sent them home from the playoffs.

Pineiro kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Bears a wild 16-14 win Sunday over the Broncos and their former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, whose gutsy 2-point call 31 seconds earlier had given Denver the lead.

"Well, that was a crazy one," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "Absolutely crazy. Just a whirlwind of emotions going back and forth."

Like the game.

"It's not how you draw it up," Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky said. "It's definitely not."

The Broncos, who are off to their first 0-2 start since 1999, thought they'd survived and that time had expired when cornerback Chris Harris Jr. tackled Allen Robinson after he hauled in a 25-yard pass on fourth-and-15 from Trubisky at the Denver 35.

The clock showed all zeroes and both teams milled around on the field not knowing whether to celebrate a win or lament a loss. Then referee Adrian Hill announced there was 1 second remaining and Chicago was using its last timeout.

Pineiro's third field goal, a day after his 24th birthday, sent the Bears (1-1) streaming back onto the field in celebration of a victory that seemed so unlikely after they'd surrendered the lead moments earlier.

"I knew deep down in my heart that it was going in," Khalil Mack said. "You put that pressure on that guy, Eddy P., the birthday man. He came out and nailed it. That's how you want to play ball. Kudos to everyone else sticking in there and believing. I'm glad to get the win and get the hell up out of here."

In a whipsaw of emotion, cornerback Kyle Fuller, whose goal-line interception with five minutes left seemingly sealed Chicago's win, surrendered a 7-yard tiptoe TD to Emmanuel Sanders . Sanders barely got both feet toes down in the right corner of the end zone.

That made it 13-12, and the Broncos lined up for 2. A delay pushed them back 5 yards and Fangio sent Brandon McManus out instead for the extra point from the 20-yard line and the tie. But McManus was wide right and the Bears went wild.

Hold on: a flag on Chicago.

Buster Skrine was offside and the Broncos moved up to the 1. Out came their offense again, and with an empty backfield, Joe Flacco backpedaled and hit Sanders at the goal line in front of Fuller to give Denver a 14-13 lead.

For the second straight game, the Broncos failed to get a sack, but linebacker Bradley Chubb came close, hitting Trubisky just as he got off a throw to tight end Trey Burton for 10 yards. A debatable roughing call on Chubb tacked on 15 yards and the Bears were suddenly in business at the Broncos 45.

"We had our chances to win there," Fangio said. "Obviously, the critical penalty at the end of the game there, the roughing call was huge because it stops the clock, saves their timeout and gives them 15 yards."

Three incompletions were followed by a 12-men-in-the-huddle infraction, however, and the Bears were facing fourth-and-15 from their 40 with 9 seconds remaining.

Trubisky stepped up and found Robinson over the middle in the nick of time. Harris' tackle came 1 second too early for the Broncos, who saw their 13 home game September winning streak snapped.

"Tough call, tough game," said Von Miller, who remains stuck on 98 career sacks.

PAY DIRT

Chicago finally reached the end zone - by the nose of the football - with 1:14 left in the third quarter when running back David Montgomery scored from a yard out on the Bears' sixth snap from inside the 5 and fifth straight from the 1 or 2. That put them ahead 13-3.

HOLD ON

"I'm going to turn this around," promised Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles , the team's top draft pick in 2017, who was whistled for holding a career-worst four times.

That gave him an NFL-high 34 flags in 34 career starts.

"Garett's going to learn from this game," Fangio said. "They have some good players, and he's going to learn from it. But he's our left tackle and he's going to be our left tackle - and he needs to play without holding."

Bolles had 10 holding calls his rookie season, nine last year and already five this season, when he seems to have actually regressed under Hall of Famer Mike Munchak.

HOMECOMING KING

Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan, who won a Super Bowl ring in Denver, had a dozen tackles in his homecoming.

INJURIES:

Bears starting DT Bilal Nichols was knocked out with a hand injury in the third quarter. ... Broncos starters ILB Todd Davis (calf) and CB Bryce Callahan (foot) were held out for the second straight week.

NEXT UP:

Chicago: visits Washington on Sept. 23.

Denver: visits Green Bay on Sunday.

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Passing

CHI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
M. Trubisky 27 16 59.3 0 120 25 0 70.0 0
DEN Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
J. Flacco 50 35 70.0 1 292 24 1 83.1 2

Rushing

CHI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Montgomery 18 62 3.4 12 1
C. Patterson 2 50 25.0 46 0
DEN Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Freeman 11 54 4.9 14 0
P. Lindsay 13 36 2.8 9 0

Receiving

CHI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Robinson II 4 41 10.3 25 0
B. Braunecker 2 24 12.0 18 0
DEN Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Sanders 11 98 8.9 21 1
R. Freeman 5 48 9.6 19 0

Team Stats Comparison

CHI DEN
Points For 16 14
Total Yards 273 372
Rushing Yards 153 90
Passing Yards 120 282
Passing Completions / Attempts 16/27 35/50
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 18 27
Rushing Touchdowns 1 0
Passing Touchdowns 0 1
Penalties - Yards 7/65 10/81
Time Of Possession 27:01 32:59
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/11 3/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 3/3
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/3
Sacks Against 0 2
Punts - Average Yards 5/57 5/40
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 1/7 4/9
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 0/0 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter CHI DEN
DEN 5:15 FG Brandon McManus 43 yd FG 0 3
2nd Quarter CHI DEN
CHI 1:25 FG Eddy Pineiro 40 yd FG 3 3
CHI 9:50 FG Eddy Pineiro 52 yd FG 6 3
3rd Quarter CHI DEN
CHI 13:46 TD David Montgomery 1 yd run (Eddy Pineiro kick) 13 3
4th Quarter CHI DEN
DEN 1:23 FG Brandon McManus 32 yd FG 13 6
DEN 14:29 TD Emmanuel Sanders 7 yd pass from Joe Flacco (Emmanuel Sanders 2pt Pass from Joe Flacco) 13 14
CHI 15:00 FG Eddy Pineiro 53 yd FG 16 14

Game Information

Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 76,885
Game Time: 3:06
Weather: