Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

Week two of the NFL kicked off with the New York Giants battling the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Heading into this week’s game, the Chicago Bears were 1-0 after beating the Detroit Lions in a late fourth-quarter surge the week before. The Giants came into game two looking for their first win of the season after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a week one. 

In the opening possession, the Bears drove 82 yards in 12 plays to start the game off with a touchdown from running back David Montgomery. The Bears continued to dominate offensively with a successful 34-yard field goal to extend the Bears lead 10-0 with 4:40 remaining in the first quarter. 

The Giants offense had a hard time getting into a rhythm during the first half.  A fumble and an interception from Giants quarterback Daniel Jones as well as a knee injury from Saquon Barkley froze New York’s offense as they were shut out the entire first half. Barkley is said to have torn his ACL and will be out for the season. 

Bear’s quarterback Mitchell Trubisky led another impressive drive as the Bears stormed down the field towards the end of the second quarter. Trubisky zipped the ball into the endzone and No. 11 Darnell Mooney caught it for the touchdown. The Bears offense dominated the first half leading 17-0 as the Giants defense struggled to wake up.

Scoreless going into the second half, the Giants began to create plays both offensively and defensively. The Giants defense finally woke up and quarterback Jones adjusted the offense without having Barkley. 

The Giants got on the scoreboard with a 39-yard field goal from Graham Gano. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Giants scored a touchdown on fourth down from Dion Lewis to make the game 17-10. Later in the fourth, Graham Gano kicked another field goal, this time from 37 yards, to make it a four-point game. 

Meanwhile, unlike the first two quarters, the Bears offense struggled to convert first downs against the Giants defense. Trubisky threw an interception which led to New York scoring 13 unanswered points in the second half. The Giants were threatening to take the lead. The score was 17-13 during the last couple minutes of the game. 

With a missed field goal from Chicago to go up by seven, the Giants get the ball back. New York had possession in the closing drive hoping to score a touchdown, ensure a comeback and win the game. New York not only had to battle the Bears defense, but also the game clock. With four seconds left, Jones threw the ball into the end zone. As the clock expired Golden Tate tried to catch the ball, but the play was incomplete. A flag was thrown and the call was offensive passing interference by Golden Tate. The clock had expired and the game was over. Chicago won 17-13 after the Giants scored 13 unanswered points and shut out the Bears in the second half. 

Winning the second game of the season the Bears are now 2-0. Chicago has not been 2-0 since the 2013 season. Next Sunday, the Bears will try to pick up their third win of the season when they face the Atlanta Falcons. Meanwhile, the New York Giants will look for their first win of the season when they play the San Francisco 49ers.

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