NFL Game Recap - LA Chargers at Chicago
Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

WAS
9
MIN
19
F
DEN
13
IND
15
F
TB
23
TEN
27
F
ARI
9
NO
31
F
CIN
10
LAR
24
F
NYJ
15
JAX
29
F
NYG
26
DET
31
F
LAC
17
CHI
16
F
PHI
31
BUF
13
F
SEA
27
ATL
20
F
CAR
13
SF
51
F
CLE
13
NE
27
F
OAK
24
HOU
27
F
GB
31
KC
24
F
MIA
14
PIT
27
F

Oct 27, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

LA Chargers (3-5)

0

7

3

7

17

Chicago (3-4)

0

9

7

0

16

Rivers, Chargers beat Bears 17-16 after Pineiro misses FG
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:41 PM

CHICAGO (AP) It was ugly and sloppy - and it was also a win for Los Angeles. That's what mattered most to Philip Rivers and the Chargers.

Chicago kicker Eddy Pineiro missed a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Los Angeles hung on to beat the Bears 17-16 on Sunday.

"We just needed a win, any way - 35-0, 2-0, 3-2 or 17-16," Rivers said. "It's just good to win."

The Bears (3-4) took over at their 35 with 1:33 remaining and had a chance to win it after driving all the way to the 21. Chicago had quarterback Mitchell Trubisky take a knee with about 40 seconds left rather than try to get closer to the goal line because coach Matt Nagy didn't want to risk a fumble. And Pineiro, who hit an upright on a miss earlier, drove the potential winner wide left as time expired.

"I hit the ball as best I could and tried to play the wind a little bit. I just didn't make it," he said.

The miss allowed the Chargers (3-5) to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid their first 0-4 October since 2000, while the Bears (3-4) dropped their third in a row. Los Angeles also picked up its first victory in seven road games all-time against Chicago and its first win at Soldier Field after losing four.

Rivers threw an 11-yard touchdown to Austin Ekeler in the fourth quarter to put the Chargers on top with just over eight minutes left after Melvin Ingram III recovered a fumble by Trubisky in Chicago territory.

Rivers was 19 of 29 for 201 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Melvin Gordon ran for a score. Joey Bosa had two of Los Angeles' four sacks , and the Chargers picked up their first victory since Sept 29 at Miami after losing three by seven points or fewer.

Rookie David Montgomery ran for a career-high 135 yards and one touchdown, after Chicago set a franchise low with seven rushing attempts the previous week against New Orleans.

Trubisky completed 23 of 35 passes for 253 yards an interception and a lost fumble that led to the go-ahead touchdown. The Bears also came away with just one touchdown and three field goals in five trips inside the 20. And the Chargers sensed they were rattling Trubisky.

"Yes sir, yes sir," Ingram said. "You could feel it all game. We're going to rush no matter what's going on. We're going to keep rushing, keep rushing, and sooner or later we're going to get there. We had a couple sacks today, and that's what it's all about. It's not about just sacks. It's about him feeling us, and I felt like he felt our presence today."

DOWN THE STRETCH

Montgomery capped a 75-yard touchdown drive to start the second half when he ran it in from the 4 following a 31-yard reception by Allen Robinson, stretching Chicago's lead to 16-7. The Chargers then drove to the 2, but settled for a 20-yard field goal by Chase McLaughlin after Ekeler got stopped on third down.

They missed another huge opportunity after Casey Hayward Jr. returned an interception 37 yards to the 20 early in the fourth. Keenan Allen dropped a 24-yard pass in the end zone on third down and McLaughlin missed the field goal.

But Trubisky lost a fumble that Ingram - back after missing three games with a hamstring injury - recovered for Los Angeles. The Chargers took over on the Bears' 26, and grabbed a 17-16 lead on the touchdown catch by Ekeler, who ducked under Danny Trevathan before crossing the goal line.

"We were just trying to show heavy play action and come through the line, try to spread out free, hopefully they get caught down inside the line," Ekeler said, "And it ended up happening like that. Got in space and then used my leverage to my advantage, got underneath the guy and got in the end zone."

FOR KICKS

Nagy insisted he has "ultimate faith" and "ultimate trust" in Pineiro.

"He's going to be the first one to tell you that he wants to come back out here and he wants another opportunity at that shot, at that kick," he said. "So that's all we can do is next time he gets that chance, he puts it right down the middle."

The kicking position was a huge sticking point for Chicago last season, when Cody Parkey struggled. They won the NFC North at 12-4, only to lose the wild-card game to Philadelphia at Soldier Field when his attempt in the closing seconds missed off the upright and crossbar.

INJURIES

Chargers: LT Russell Okung made his debut after being sidelined by pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots, then exited with a calf injury that he thinks is minor. He said he thinks he will practice this week.

The Chargers were without starting DLs Brandon Mebane (knee) and Justin Jones (shoulder).

Bears: LB Isaiah Irving left in the second quarter with a quad injury.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Host Green Bay next Sunday.

Bears: Visit Philadelphia next Sunday.

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Passing

LAC Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
P. Rivers 29 19 65.5 1 201 43 1 82.7 1
CHI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
M. Trubisky 35 23 65.7 0 253 35 1 75.1 4

Rushing

LAC Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Gordon III 8 31 3.9 19 1
A. Ekeler 3 3 1.0 3 0
CHI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Montgomery 27 135 5.0 55 1
M. Trubisky 4 10 2.5 11 0

Receiving

LAC Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Williams 3 69 23.0 43 0
K. Allen 7 53 7.6 17 0
CHI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Miller 3 67 22.3 35 0
A. Robinson II 5 62 12.4 31 0

Team Stats Comparison

LAC CHI
Points For 17 16
Total Yards 231 388
Rushing Yards 36 162
Passing Yards 195 226
Passing Completions / Attempts 19/29 23/35
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 11 26
Rushing Touchdowns 1 1
Passing Touchdowns 1 0
Penalties - Yards 8/53 5/42
Time Of Possession 22:00 38:00
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/10 5/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 2/4 1/5
Sacks Against 1 4
Punts - Average Yards 5/54 3/41
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 1/0 5/10
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 1/20 4/27

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter LAC CHI
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter LAC CHI
CHI 0:15 FG Eddy Pineiro 22 yd FG 0 3
CHI 10:44 FG Eddy Pineiro 25 yd FG 0 6
LAC 12:48 TD Melvin Gordon III 19 yd run (Chase McLaughlin kick) 7 6
CHI 15:00 FG Eddy Pineiro 19 yd FG 7 9
3rd Quarter LAC CHI
CHI 6:52 TD David Montgomery 4 yd run (Eddy Pineiro kick) 7 16
LAC 14:21 FG Chase McLaughlin 20 yd FG 10 16
4th Quarter LAC CHI
LAC 6:56 TD Austin Ekeler 11 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Chase McLaughlin kick) 17 16

Game Information

Stadium: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 61,632
Game Time: 2:56
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