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Quick Hits: Bears' late TD drive 'energized everybody'


More than a week later, teammates were still buzzing about the go-ahead touchdown drive that rookie quarterback Justin Fields engineered last Monday night against the Steelers.

The first-round pick from Ohio State marched the offense 75 yards on seven plays, capped by a 16-yard touchdown strike to Darnell Mooney that gave the Bears a 27-26 lead with 1:46 remaining in the fourth quarter. The TD came one play after Fields completed a 39-yard pass to Allen Robinson II down the right sideline.

"That energized everybody," safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. said Wednesday. "Seeing a drive like that, that's huge for him. That's huge for his momentum. That's huge for the team when you can have a quarterback that you know as long as we give him enough time, as long as we give him the ball back, we know good things are going to happen. That was just one of those things where I just felt confident that whole drive that No. 1 was going to make a play, that somebody on offense was going to make a play, and they did just that.

"That's just a testament to the growth that he's making from Week 3 to now, and you can't be more happy about that. He's doing what he's got to do to put us in position to win football games, and we've just got to play complementary and complete football right now."

Something to build on: The Bears offense hopes to build on its second-half performance in Pittsburgh. The unit produced two touchdowns and a field goal after being limited to one field goal on six first-half possessions. In the second half, Fields completed 12 of 18 passes for 228 yards with one TD and a 128.2 passer rating.

"Coming out of [halftime], we felt more productive with moving the football, being able to kind of get going, and I thought we had more explosives," said coach Matt Nagy. "We took advantage of that. The players did a great job of executing. So, we want to be able to grow from that."

Pushing forward: Fields revealed that this is the first time he's ever lost four football games in a row.

"To be honest, I'm not just like on the bye week thinking, 'Dang, we're on a four-game losing streak,'" Fields said. "I'm, of course, learning from those mistakes from the games and moving onto the next week. You can't dwell over the four losses you have; you've just got to keep moving and keep pushing forward."

The right way: Despite the flag that was thrown against outside linebacker Cassius Marsh against the Steelers, Nagy understands why the NFL is determined to crack down on taunting.

"It's an exciting game, it's a game that's very emotional, but there are times that some people are egregious with celebrating and it can be over the top," Nagy said. "I think probably the biggest message is, 'Let's calm this down a little bit because people watch and people want to see a little bit of respect and a little bit of doing things the right way.' It doesn't mean you can't have fun, right? But there's young kids out there right now that are watching games, and what happens is you go to one of these sporting events and you might see some imitation going on that's taking it over the top.

"I'm a firm believer in respect, and just kids growing and watching. We have a huge platform as leaders—talking players and coaches. Let's understand what the rules are, let's do it the right way. Let's still have fun. These guys are still having fun and not taunting. You can still have a great time. But let's stay within the rules when we do it. That's probably why."

Injury update: Bears players who did not practice Wednesday included Robinson (hamstring), tackle Elijah Wilkinson (back), defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle), outside linebacker Khalil Mack (foot), inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (knee) and safety Eddie Jackson (hamstring).

Mooney (foot), running back Damien Williams (knee) and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree (ankle) were limited.

The Bears practiced inside the Walter Payton Center on a rainy Wednesday afternoon as the team continues preparations for Sunday's matchup with the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field.

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