Bears fans should remain cautiously optimistic about Chicago's chances for the NFC North, but with games against the Rams, Packers and Vikings all on the horizon, the finish to the season won't be almost as easy as the five-game winning streak the Bears ripped off against teams like the Jets, Bills and Lions.
Besides the Cohen pass on what appeared to be a sweep, the Giants saw Beckham throw and catch touchdowns, and Chicago nose tackle Akiem Hicks dive over on fourth down from 1 yard on a play made famous by Perry in the Bears glory days in the mid-1980s.
Odell Beckham Jr proved once again on Sunday he is pure box office in the NFL! "And those "except for a couple big plays" can get you".
"Just a little leakage", Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan said following Sunday's loss. Our defense is way better than the way we were. Their chief concern the past few weeks has been the injured throwing shoulder of starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. "Not every team will do that", Bears coach Matt Nagy said. He wouldn't commit Trubisky's return this week after two missed games. With everybody else in the NFC North also losing Sunday, the Bears retain a 1½-game lead - plus a tiebreaker over the Vikings - 3½ over the Packers and four games over the Lions with only four games to play. "I didn't do that today", Daniel said. I'll be the first one to say that.
Nagy was encouraged by one improvement on offense: a better rushing attack.
Howard rushed 13 times for 68 yards (5.2 yards a carry) in the first half, Tarik Cohen had 30 yards on eight carries (3.8), and the team was 26 for 106 (4.1), including a 1-yard touchdown run from Akiem Hicks. After going over 100 yards only once in the previous four games, the Bears ran for 118 yards against the Giants, including 76 by Jordan Howard.
"Well, the second half, they had a little plan for him", Nagy said.
"And then before you know it, we got behind and in overtime we started off with a run and had a nice little run there for six or seven yards".
NY had two penalties on the tying drive, which featured a 23-yard, fourth-down pass from Daniel to Cohen to the Giants 9 with 11 seconds left in regulation.