The bears had a chance to rally to beat the Chargers Sunday at Soldier Field, but Eddy Piñeiro missed a 41-yard field goal attempt as time expired, enabling Los Angeles to escape with a 17-16 victory.
Mitchell Trubisky put the Bears in position to score on their second possession of the game, completing passes of 24 yards to Anthony Miller and 31 yards to Tarik Cohen on back-to-back plays. But the drive stalled and Pineiro missed a 33-yard field-goal attempt, hitting the right upright.
Kyle Fuller followed by intercepting a Philip Rivers third-down pass and returning it 29 yards to the Chargers' 4. Roy Robertson-Harris pressured Rivers on the play and Danny Trevathan provided an excellent block on the return. But after failing to gain a yard on three plays, the Bears settled for Pineiro's 22-yard field goal, taking a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter.
With the defense continuing to hold the Chargers in check, the Bears marched from their own 29 to the Los Angeles 9, thanks in part to Trubisky's pinpoint 35-yard pass to Miller. But the Bears once again were unable to score a touchdown, instead settling for Pineiro's 25-yard field goal that gave them a 6-0 lead with 4:16 remaining in the second quarter.
The Chargers responded quickly to take a 7-6 lead. On back-to-back plays, Rivers completed a 43-yard pass to Mike Williams—who split Fuller and Eddie Jackson—and Melvin Gordon followed with a 19-yard touchdown run.
The Bears answered as David Montgomery burst through the line for a 55-yard run, the team's longest play from scrimmage of the season. But they once again failed to get into the end zone, this time on four plays from inside the 5.
Pineiro's 19-yard field goal as time expired in the first half gave the Bears a 9-7 lead, but they were booed by their fans heading into the locker room.
While failing to get into the end zone in the first half, the Bears offense performed much better than it had in recent games, compiling 218 yards and 13 first downs while possessing the ball for 19:22.
The Bears finally got into the end zone when they opened the second half with an impressive 11-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in Montgomery's 4-yard TD run, which widened the margin to 16-7. Trubisky completed an 8-yard pass to Miller on fourth-and-one and a 31-yarder to Allen Robinson II to the 4.
The Chargers responded by matching the length of the field before settling for Chase McLaughlin's 20-yard field goal, which cut the deficit to 16-10 with :37 left in the third quarter. The kick came after Trevathan and Roquan Smith teamed up to stop Austin Ekeler for no gain on third-and-goal from the 2.
The Chargers had a golden opportunity to take the lead when Casey Hayward intercepted Trubisky's underthrown pass intended for Trey Burton and returned the pick 38 yards to the Bears' 20.
But Allen dropped what would have been a 24-yard touchdown reception and McLaughlin missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt wide right.
Trubisky then committed a turnover for the second straight possession, losing his grasp of the ball while scrambling to avoid the pass rush.
The Chargers recovered the fumble at the Bears' 26 and converted the takeaway into the go-ahead points as Ekeler caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to put Los Angeles ahead 17-16.
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