The Chicago Bears trailed 13-0 midway through the second quarter, Jay Cutler threw a pick-six and Robbie Gould missed two field goals. And yet, the Bears found a way to beat the Chargers in San Diego on Monday Night Football, this after an incredible 25-yard touchdown catch by Zach Miller in the final minutes.
“Yeah, it’s a long game,” Bears linebacker Christian Jones said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Things can go wrong, but you got to keep playing. Things happen and you got to keep going and keep playing.”
Cutler finished 27-of-40 for 345 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Jeremy Langford had 18 carries for 72 yards and a score while starting in place of the injured Matt Forte. With the win, the Bears (3-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and avoided a 2-6 start that would have all but ended their season.
In short, it was a huge win.
“It was, it was,” Jones said. “A great team effort. The guys, they all fought hard. The offense was able to go down and get us ahead and we just had to hold them off.”
The defense, meanwhile, limited the San Diego offense to just six points after the 6:50 mark of the first quarter. Jonathan Anderson led the way with 12 tackles.
“There’s a lot of heart on this team,” said Jones, who had seven tackles and recovered a fumble. “Even though our record doesn’t reflect how we really are and what kind team we have, we’ve been in close games for the last four weeks and they could have easily went our way. But guys just continued to fight. We know we have a good group. We just got to continue to go undefeated and keep going.”
The Bears’ last five games have been decided by three points or fewer. They entered Monday having lost each of their last two games, to the Lions and Vikings, by a field goal.
“We wanted this win so bad, especially on a Monday night when the whole world’s watching,” Jones said. “We just wanted to show what kind of team we have, the players we have. We’re going to go back to Chicago and enjoy this win.”