INDIANAPOLIS – Quarterback
After Hoyer engineered a 96-yard drive capped by a 21-yard touchdown pass to
Indianapolis tacked on its final points on Adam Vinatieri's fifth field goal of the game without a miss, a 46-yarder with 3:43 to play, after recovering a
Down by six points, the Bears reached the Colts' 25 with 1:52 remaining. But right tackle
"Our guys in there were battling," said coach John Fox. "We've got a lot of strong character guys who continue to compete. Obviously, it's frustrating. It's a hard pill to swallow anytime you lose a game and put all that effort into it. It was a hard-fought game and we just came up a little short."
Making his third straight start in place of the injured
Hoyer completed 33 of 43 passes for a career-high 397 yards with two TDs and a 120.0 passer rating, the identical rating he posted last Sunday in a win over the Lions. The 397 yards were the fifth most in Bears history and the most since Jim Miller's 422 yards on Nov. 14, 1999.
Hoyer, who was not sacked, wasn't the only member of the offense who performed well in place of an injured starter. Replacing running back
As a team, the Bears amassed 522 total yards, their most since Sept. 24, 1989 when they had 542 in a win over the Lions. The 522 yards are the most they've had in a loss since at least 1940.
After allowing three field goals and a touchdown on four Colts possessions in the first half, the Bears defense tightened up, pressuring Luck and producing three-and-outs on three of Indianapolis' first four drives of the second half.
Luck completed 28 of 39 passes for 322 yards with two TDs, no interceptions and a 113.4 rating. Hilton caught 10 passes for 171 yards. On his go-ahead TD on a post pattern late in the game, Hilton beat cornerback
"I think they drained out the safety with an out route and left the corner singled up and the quarterback made a great throw," Fox said.
The Bears had trailed 19-13 opening the fourth quarter before
After Young's third-down sack forced a Colts punt, the Bears took over at their own 4. Hoyer proceeded to complete 6 of 6 passes for 74 yards in marching his team to a go-ahead TD, which came when he dumped off a short pass over the middle to Howard, who raced into the end zone.
Unfortunately, that didn't prevent the Bears from falling to 1-4, their worst five-game start since they also opened 1-4 in 2004 in Lovie Smith's first season as coach.
"We've got to finish," said right guard