Bears Coach Matt Nagy Talks Victory Over Detroit

Josh Liss
November 11, 2019 - 9:08 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO/AP) — Mitchell Trubisky tied a season high with three touchdown passes, and the Chicago Bears withstood a late charge by Detroit with Jeff Driskel filling in for injured quarterback Matthew Stafford, beating the Lions 20-13 on Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.

Detroit ruled out the 31-year-old Stafford hours before kickoff because of hip and back injuries, ending his streak of 136 consecutive starts. It was the first time he missed a regular-season game since 2010.

Chicago (4-5) got its struggling offense going late in the first half, scored two touchdowns early in the third quarter and hung on to win for the first time since beating Minnesota in Week 4. Detroit (3-5-1) lost for the fifth time in six games.

Driskel threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golloday with 5:53 remaining to cut it to 20-13. He led Detroit from its own 10 to the Chicago 25 on the game's final drive. But with the ball on 25, he overthrew Marvin Jones Jr. in the end zone as time expired on a play that would not have counted because of an illegal forward pass penalty.

Trubisky completed 16 of 23 passes in another solid outing against Detroit. It wasn't as good as his performance against the Lions last year in a win at Soldier Field, when the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns. But it was a positive step for the struggling quarterback.

Taylor Gabriel, Tarik Cohen and Ben Braunecker each caught touchdowns. Nick Kwiatkoski set up a TD with an interception.

Driskel was 27 of 46 for 269 yards with a touchdown and interception. Matt Prater kicked two field goals for the Lions, who dropped their third straight against Chicago after winning nine of 10.

Held to 9 yards in the first half against Philadelphia the previous week, the Bears punted on their first four possessions before breaking through late in the half. They went 80 yards, with Trubisky hitting Ben Braunecker on the right side of the end zone from the 18 to make it 7-6 with 25 seconds remaining.

Chicago then scored two touchdowns early in the third.

Cohen caught a 9-yard swing pass for a touchdown after Darius Slay got called for interference trying to defend Allen Robinson. Kwiatkoski then intercepted Driskel at the Detroit 29 and returned it 4 yards. That led to an 18-yard pass from Trubisky to Gabriel in the end zone, and Eddy Pineiro nailed the extra point after missing his previous attempt to make it 20-6.

The Lions cut it to 20-13 when Golloday hauled in a 47-yard heave.

WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss spoke with Bears coach Matt Nagy on Monday morning following the Bear's victory over the Lions.

WBBM: How are you feeling after seeing you guys hold off the Lions like that? It must be some kind of relief.

"It obviously feels good coaching off of wins. There is still a lot of things that we are working through, which is a part of this game, but I just loved how our guys battled all game long. It was a good win for us," Nagy said.

WBBM: That 20-point binge in the middle of the game. How are you judging the overall offensive showing yesterday?

"Yeah that was good. I thought that was good by the guys there, those three possessions. You can feel the energy on the sideline. Mitch made a bunch of really good throws, guys got open, and offensive line protected - that's what we know we have, we just want to do it earlier in the game, which we know we can," Nagy said. "Again, when you have those bursts like that, it's certainly nicer to play with a lead for our defense."

WBBM: You faced Jeff Driskel and not veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford. How did you like the way the defense adjusted to a last-minute change of QB and being able to seal a victory on the Lions last drive?

"Yeah that's right, he's a different style quarterback than Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel is one who can run, and you saw that, he made some big plays yesterday with his feet, that's part of this game and they knew that," Nagy said. "But overall I was really proud of the way the defense stepped up and they played to the very end there and that's not easy. They made plays there at the end and we came out with a win."

WBBM: Playoff hopes remain alive at 4-5, where does it go from here? What kind of message are you hoping to connect with your players on this week?

"The biggest thing is being able to use the win for your confidence. I think it was great. It's tough for everybody when you lose four games in a row. That's a big, big time challenge and I just really appreciate the practice habits by our guys. They never let it get them down and now we got to use this as a little bit of a momentum builder and realize that it is time to go 1-0 this weekend too," Nagy said.

The Bears travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams on Sunday at 7:20 p.m. for Week 11.

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