NFL Game Recap - Dallas at Chicago
Thu Dec 5, 2019 8:20 PM EST

DAL
24
CHI
31
F
IND
35
TB
38
F
MIA
21
NYJ
22
F
SF
48
NO
46
F
DET
7
MIN
20
F
DEN
38
HOU
24
F
WAS
15
GB
20
F
CIN
19
CLE
27
F
BAL
24
BUF
17
F
CAR
20
ATL
40
F
LAC
45
JAX
10
F
TEN
42
OAK
21
F
KC
23
NE
16
F
PIT
23
ARI
17
F
SEA
12
LAR
28
F
NYG
17
PHI
23
F OT

Chicago 31, Dallas 24

Dec 5, 2019, 8:20 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Dallas (6-7)

7

0

0

17

24

Chicago (7-6)

0

17

7

7

31

Mitchell Trubisky helps Bears beat Cowboys 31-24
Fri Dec 6, 2019 1:18 AM

CHICAGO (AP) Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears appear to be hitting their stride, even if it might be too late to salvage their season.

Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score in Chicago's 31-24 victory over Dak Prescott and the slumping Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.

In a matchup between disappointing teams that made the playoffs last season, the Bears (7-6) came away with their fourth win in five games after dropping four in a row. The Cowboys (6-7) have lost seven of 10 since a 3-0 start.

"I think it shows we're resilient," Trubisky said. "We stick together. We believe in each other even when nobody else believes in us. It's a special group in that locker room. We just want to keep this feeling going."

Trubisky shook off an early interception near the goal line to complete 23 of 31 passes for 244 yards. He matched a season high for touchdown throws and set one with 63 yards rushing. That included a 23-yard scoring dash early in the fourth quarter to make it 31-14.

Allen Robinson caught two TD passes and Anthony Miller had one as Chicago tied a season scoring high.

On defense, Khalil Mack had a sack but l inebacker Roquan Smith left the game with a pectoral injury on the opening drive, with coach Matt Nagy saying it "doesn't look real good for him." Still, the Bears took out the NFC East leaders after beating the struggling Detroit Lions twice and New York Giants in recent weeks.

"Most teams at some point in time will hit some type of adversity," Nagy said. "We went through that four-game stretch. It was difficult in a lot of different ways. ... Everybody's seeing what type of people we have on this football team. No one's flinched. We've pulled together. We've become even tighter."

SLUMP CONTINUES

Facing a top-10 defense for the third week in a row, the Cowboys once again couldn't get their high-powered offense going.

"I can't put a finger on it," said Prescott, the NFL's passing leader. "I wish I could right now. If I could we wouldn't be in this situation, we would be getting over this and out of this slump, but that's the most frustrating part, we have the skill level, we have the players, we have the chemistry at times, But we're not playing together as a team, complementary enough when we need to, and we need to figure it out."

Prescott was 27 of 49 for 334 yards and a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 81 yards - his fifth straight game under 100 - and two scores.

Michael Gallup had 109 yards receiving. Amari Cooper caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, but the Cowboys lost their third straight. They lead Philadelphia by a half-game in the division.

"I know we have the right pieces in place, right players, right talent. Just about doing it instead of talking about it," Cooper said.

TAKING CONTROL

Kept out of the end zone in a 13-9 loss at New England two weeks ago and then held to two touchdowns in falling 26-15 to Buffalo on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys went 75 yards for a score on the game's opening possession. Elliott lunged in from the 2 to cap a 17-play drive.

Jourdan Lewis then intercepted Trubisky's pass with a neat play near the left pylon, dragging his left foot. He was initially ruled out of bounds, but the call was overturned by a replay review.

But it was all Bears after that.

Chicago tied it early in the second quarter when Trubisky hit Robinson with a 5-yard pass and took a 10-7 lead on a 36-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro. Dallas' Brett Maher then missed a 42-yarder wide right. Chicago added to the lead in the closing seconds of the half with Trubisky's 8-yard pass to Robinson, and Miller's 14-yarder in the third made it 24-7.

"I think we stayed ahead of the chains, we scored early, we were able to get the run game going," Robinson said. "All aspects of our offense were working today. We were able to keep them off balance."

FOR KICKS

Maher is 20 for 30 on field goals this season after going 1 of 2. The 10 misses are more than any other NFL kicker has had in a season the past four years.

INJURIES

Cowboys: WR Cedric Wilson jammed his left leg trying to catch a long pass in the closing minute. ... LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck), NT Antwaun Woods (knee) and S Jeff Heath (shoulder) were inactive.

Bears: WR Javon Wims (knee) walked off gingerly in the closing seconds of the first half after an awkward landing as he tried to make a leaping catch in the end zone. ... CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) was inactive after being listed as doubtful. ... WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion), TE Ben Braunecker (concussion) and RT Bobby Massie (ankle) all missed their second straight game.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: Host the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 15.

Bears: At the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 15.

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Passing

DAL Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Prescott 49 27 55.1 1 334 35 0 83.2 2
CHI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
M. Trubisky 31 23 74.2 3 244 33 1 115.5 2

Rushing

DAL Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. Elliott 19 81 4.3 31 2
D. Prescott 3 1 0.3 1 0
CHI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Montgomery 20 86 4.3 20 0
M. Trubisky 10 63 6.3 23 1

Receiving

DAL Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Gallup 6 109 18.2 24 0
A. Cooper 6 83 13.8 27 1
CHI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Holtz 3 56 18.7 30 0
A. Robinson II 5 48 9.6 22 2

Team Stats Comparison

DAL CHI
Points For 24 31
Total Yards 408 382
Rushing Yards 82 151
Passing Yards 326 231
Passing Completions / Attempts 27/49 23/31
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 3/1
First Downs 22 24
Rushing Touchdowns 2 1
Passing Touchdowns 1 3
Penalties - Yards 6/52 4/30
Time Of Possession 27:42 32:18
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/15 7/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/3 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 3/4 3/5
Sacks Against 2 2
Punts - Average Yards 5/45 4/40
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 0/0 4/8
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 3/21 3/17

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter DAL CHI
DAL 8:57 TD Ezekiel Elliott 2 yd run (Brett Maher kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter DAL CHI
CHI 2:47 TD Allen Robinson II 5 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Eddy Pineiro kick) 7 7
CHI 6:54 FG Eddy Pineiro 36 yd FG 7 10
CHI 14:50 TD Allen Robinson II 8 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Eddy Pineiro kick) 7 17
3rd Quarter DAL CHI
CHI 6:42 TD Anthony Miller 14 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Eddy Pineiro kick) 7 24
4th Quarter DAL CHI
DAL 0:05 TD Ezekiel Elliott 2 yd run (Brett Maher kick) 14 24
CHI 1:38 TD Mitchell Trubisky 23 yd run (Eddy Pineiro kick) 14 31
DAL 10:31 TD Amari Cooper 19 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 21 31
DAL 14:52 FG Brett Maher 31 yd FG 24 31

Game Information

Stadium: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 61,276
Game Time: 3:14
Weather: