Giants vs. Bears: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
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Two teams entered Soldier Field on Thursday night, looking to end a skid.
The Chicago Bears, riding a two-game losing streak, got back on the winning track versus the lowly New York Giants. Quarterback Jay Cutler managed a near perfect game, finding wide receiver Brandon Marshall for a pair of receiving touchdowns. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs accumulated over 100 yards rushing and pounded in two rushing touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to atone for quarterback Eli Manning's three interceptions.
Scroll down for commentary that occurred as the game was unfolding.
FINAL: BEARS 27, GIANTS 21.
Absolutely amazing. Bears 27, Giants 21, and the Giants are 0-6 for the first time since 1976. #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 11, 2013
There's your final score.
Giants tease their fans until the very last minute, but the Bears were just too clean. They picked off New York three times, as Cutler and his Bears kept the ball out of danger all evening. He posts a 106.5 passer rating as Chicago gets back on the winning track.
Bears only team in NFL that haven't yielded a TD in 4th qtr yet.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) October 11, 2013
Bears D has played well when it has mattered most in 2013.
No matter how you score it, though, Eli Manning has 15 interceptions on the season -- same as he had all last year. #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 11, 2013
Through only six games, too. Still 10 more to be played.
A minute-and-a-half to play, and New York can no longer stop the clock.
Eli Manning threw three INTs and I'm not sure any were his fault. Randle may have run wrong route on first two. Myers should'v caught third.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 11, 2013
Don't expect fans to buy that, though. Manning now has 15 interceptions on the season. The ten-year vet is looking to top his career-high of 25 set in 2010.
Brandon Jacobs 21 carries, 105 yards, 2 TDs. Party like it's 2007. #NYG— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 11, 2013
Less than three minutes left in game.
This is a stat line Brandon Jacobs hasn't produced in a long time, one he probably assumed he would never have again in a Giants jersey.
Jacobs and the rest of the Giants have moved the ball inside the Bears' 40-yard line.
A touchdown ties it; an extra point puts them up by one. Less than three minutes remain, as the Giants are in the midst of their first contest of 2013 that's come down to the wire.
Five minutes left in game.
The Giants get another stop from their defense, but the Bears are able to pin New York inside its 20-yard line yet again.
Down by six points, the Giants certainly want to close that gap on this drive here—they may not get another chance.
0-6 stares them in the face. Can the Bears hold?
Brandon Jacobs has 18 carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns ... An outstanding performance so far. #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 11, 2013
Eight minutes left in game.
This hasn't been the worst game New York has played this season. Brandon Jacobs, after a nice 16-yarder on the last drive, has played a large part in that equation.
They are down by six with about eight minutes to play. Once again, the defense is asked to make a stop.
Now THAT was a blitz. Jacquian Williams up the middle, forces an intentional grounding. ... It was bound to work eventually. #NYG— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 11, 2013
10 minutes left in game.
Giants finally get a third-down stop, thanks to some pressure dialed up by a rare Perry Fewell blitz.
Oh, Rueben Randle. He slipped on what should've been a touchdown, then fumbled when he pounded the ball into the ground out of frustration.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 11, 2013
End of third quarter.
Rueben Randle is lucky that the referees say he was "giving himself up." Those types of plays are the ones a snake-bitten team falls victim to.
Victor Cruz draws the pass interference penalty on Tim Jennings, setting up a one-yard touchdown run from Brandon Jacobs. The score was his second of the evening, and it puts the Giants within six points of the league.
For once this season, the fourth quarter is about to start and the Giants are still in contention.
Robbie Gould ties an NFL record with his 12th consecutive field goal made of 50 yards or more.— Bears Insider (@bears_insider) October 11, 2013
Nine minutes left in third quarter.
Gould ties an NFL record.
The Giants offense only moves backwards on its first possession of the second-half, pinning the Big Blue defense under even more pressure to stop Cutler, Marshall and Forte. It could be another long second half for New York if things continue to go this way.
#nyg FG 27-14. Well, at least the Giants haven't given up 30 points. Yet.— Ed Valentine (@bigblueview) October 11, 2013
11 minutes left in third quarter.
Giants are suddenly down by 13 points, as Gould nails another field goal—this time from 52 yards out.
New York is about to get its first offensive opportunity of the second half. Considering the trouble the Giants have had handling the Bears offense, they need a score on this drive to keep the deficit within reason.
The Giants are one touchdown away from becoming the first team in NFL history to give up 30 or more points in its first six games. 0_0— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) October 11, 2013
13 minutes left in third quarter.
The Bears are currently on the Giants' 28-yard line. Not looking good for that record.
NYG have not started 2nd halfs well. Here are their 1st poss in 2nd half DAL-fum DEN-3 & out CAR-INT KC-3 & out PHI-3 & out #Comeoutswingin— Shaun O'Hara (@ShaunOHara60) October 11, 2013
Start of second half.
Bears will actually start with the ball in the second half, but the same message applies for the Giants, who must feel a sense of urgency at this point.
The Bears settle on a 40-yard field goal attempt by Gould before the end of the half, seizing a 10-point lead at the break. The Bears will receive to start the second half.
Brandon Marshall has been the go-to man for the Bears offensively. He has six catches for 65 yards, two of them touchdowns. Eli Manning's two early interceptions have allowed Chicago to exploit this advantage from a leader's position for most of the night.
On the other side, a different Brandon has starred. Surprisingly, Brandon Jacobs has spurred a stagnant Giants rushing attack with 12 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He also has an eight-yard pass reception.
Aside from the Bears' takeaways, neither defense has looked particularly imposing.
Two minute warning.
Cutler moves the ball into Giants territory with his legs, as his Bears look to take a two-score lead before the half.
The Giants are hanging with the Bears despite two crucial errors by Manning early on, but a touchdown here would put them down 14 points. The Giants haven't played well from behind this season, so the defense is under a lot of pressure to keep this game close.
Giants go empty and Bears still can't get home.— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) October 11, 2013
Three minutes left in half.
Both teams are struggling to get after the quarterback. The Bears defense, however, is able to get off the field without bringing down Manning, as a third-down incompletion forces them to punt.
The Bears' current drive started at the 20-yard line.
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