The defense did all it could but Rivers couldn’t get it done late as the Chicago Bears take down the San Diego Chargers in primetime on Monday Night Football.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers lead until the 4th quarter when Zach Miller came through with a diving one-handed grab on an off target pass from Jay Cutler with 3:22 left to take the lead 20-19. A run up the gut for the two-point conversion would put the Bears up for good 22-19.
Rivers drove the offense down the field on the final drive only to be sacked on consecutive plays, both by Lamarr Houston to force 4th and 23 with 1:09 left. The Bears defense came through forcing Rivers to chuck the ball downfield where no one wearing Charger blue was within five yards. A QB kneel by Cutler was all that would be needed to wrap up the win and for Chicago to improve their record to 3-5 while San Diego falls to 2-7, their worst record over the first nine weeks since they went 1-7 to start the 2003 season.
Jay Cutler lead the Bears offense by throwing for 345 yards on 27/40 passing with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Alshon Jeffery helped Cutler expose the flaws in a San Diego secondary whose only above average player is Eric Weddle, who was returning after missing the previous two weeks with a groin injury. Jeffery hauled in 10 passes for 151 yards. Marcellus Bennet and Zach Miller each added touchdowns for the visiting team.
Philip Rivers has played as well as he has all season, putting up 280 yards on 26/42 passing with 1 touchdown. Danny Woodhead lead the team in receiving with 6 catches, 78 yards and 1 touchdown. On the day Woodhead would put together 111 all purpose yards. The ground game once again couldn’t get it going as Woodhead, rookie Melvin Gordon, and Donald Brown combined for a pedestrian 77 yards.
In his post game press conference, Philip Rivers addressed the media regarding his teams poor play saying, “…we don’t have the answers right now…we are what we are…at this point you play for respect from the other guys in the locker room…” Head coach Mike McCoy added: “…we didn’t make enough plays…” When asked how does his team turn around this season he commented “We don’t complain, don’t explain, find solutions.” Now in his third season in San Diego with a potential relocation on the horizon, some are starting to wonder if the head coach could be on the hot seat. McCoy will have the bye week to think about how he can motivate an injury depleted, unmotivated Charger’s team to win games over the last 7 games of the season.
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