LONDON – After a lackluster first half on both sides of the ball, the Bears limped into the locker room trailing the Raiders 17-0 at halftime Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
But major contributions from the offense, defense and special teams enabled the Bears to erase the deficit by scoring touchdowns on three straight possessions in the third quarter to take a 21-17 lead.
The Raiders responded, however, winning the game 24-21 as rookie running back Josh Jacobs capped a 13-play, 97-yard drive with a 2-yard TD dive with 1:57 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Bears followed by advancing to the Raiders’ 47, but Chase Daniel threw deep into traffic and it was intercepted by cornerback Gareon Conley.
The loss dropped the Bears to 3-2, snapping their three-game winning streak.
The Bears’ second-half rally began with a gift as Raiders quarterback Derek Carr pitched the ball wide of Jacobs and Khalil Mack recovered the fumble at the Raiders’ 14.
The Bears converted the turnover into David Montgomery’s 1-yard touchdown run, cutting the deficit to 17-7 with 12:43 left in the third quarter.
On their next possession, the Bears marched 89 yards on 14 plays, closing the gap to 17-14 on Daniel’s 4-yard TD pass to Allen Robinson with 3:56 left in the third quarter. The TD was set up by Anthony Miller’s 32-yard reception on third-and-two to the Raiders’ 9. Miller wrestled the ball away from safety Lamarcus Joyner.
After the Bears defense held, Tarik Cohen flipped the field with a career-long 71-yard punt return to the Oakland 16. The return set up Daniel’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Robinson, giving the Bears their first lead of the game at 21-17 with 1:16 remaining in the third period.
A 15-yard penalty for taunting against Miller following the touchdown was assessed on the ensuing kickoff. So instead of a touchback, Trevor Davis returned the kickoff 52 yards to the Bears’ 42. Another penalty on Miller—for being offside on the kickoff—moved the ball to the Chicago 37.
On first-and-goal from the 3, Davis caught a swing pass and was about to score when Sherrick McManis punched the ball out of his hand inside the 1. The fumble was recovered by Prince Amukamara at the 1.
The Raiders completely dominated the Bears on both sides of the ball in the first half, cruising to a 17-0 halftime lead.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Raiders generated two touchdowns in a 5:04 span in the second period and then added a field goal on their next possession, stunning a partisan Bears crowd.
The Raiders took a 7-0 lead on Jacobs’ 12-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter. Carr completed 4-of-4 passes for 37 yards on the 10-play, 90-yard drive.
Three plays later, Daniel’s ill-advised pass over the middle intended for Robinson was intercepted by linebacker Nicholas Morrow, who returned the pick 11 yards to the Bears’ 24.
The Raiders capitalized on the turnover, extending their lead to 14-0 on running back DeAndre Washington’s 3-yard touchdown run. The score came one play after a holding penalty on Kyle Fuller on a third-down incompletion had given the Raiders new life.
After the Bears went three-and-out, the Raiders widened the margin to 17-0 on Daniel Carlson’s 41-yard field goal with 1:56 left in the half.
The Raiders held decisive advantages in the first half in first downs (14-2), total yards (208-44) and time of possession (19:53-10:07).
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