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The Chicago Bears did something very few teams have accomplished since 2000 — defeating the Broncos in Denver in the first two weeks of September during a wild 16-14 victory. As my colleague R.J. White pointed out earlier this week, going back to 1975, the Broncos are 48-6 straight up at home in Weeks 1 and 2 (including 22-1 since 2000). We can make that 22-2 now since 2000.
The game took a while to get going — with only nine points combined at halftime — but what followed in the final quarter was a wild sequence of events. The Bears hung onto a 13-6 lead over the Broncos when Joe Flacco took over at his own 38 yard line and 2:48 remaining on the game clock. Flacco converted multiple 4th and long situations of 10 yards each time before completing the drive with a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders.
Sanders did an incredible job to drag his toes and hang on to the football.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) 15 September 2019
Shortly after the score, first-year head coach Vic Fangio set up for the go-ahead 2-point conversion but Denver was called for a delay of game. After then missing the extra point, the Bears were ruled offsides and Denver had a chance to run their original 2-point conversion play. The Broncos converted to take a 14-13 lead.
Just when you thought that might be the end of the scoring in what was a low-scoring affair until the final quarter, the Bears had a little magic left. Mitchell Trubisky got the ball back with 0:31 seconds left and one timeout from his own 25-yard line. Faced with a 4th and 15 from his own 40-yard line, Trubisky found his No. 1 target — Allen Robinson — for a 25-yard gain. The game clock expired but it was later ruled that Trubisky called the timeout with 0:01 seconds remaining.
All the pressure was shifted to Chicago’s kicking situation — again. Bears fans likely had a flashback to the 2018 playoffs, but this time, first-year Chicago kicker Eddy Pineiro connected on a 52-yard field goal for the win.
— NFL (@NFL) 15 September 2019
If you want to relive the action, check out the live blog below. Otherwise, we can’t wait to do this again with you next Sunday.