Saints Dominate 2nd Half. (New Orleans, Louisiana) – In a rematch of the November 1st game where Chicago fell in overtime, the Bears came into this one heavy underdogs.
Both teams punted on their opening series, but the Saints would settle in on their second drive going eight plays for fifty-five yards and a touchdown. Brees would hit Michael Thomas for an eleven yard touchdown reception and take the early lead 7-0.
On the ensuing possession Bears receiver Javon Wims caught a difficult pass going out of bounds. Initially ruled incomplete, a Chicago challenge would overturn the call. And on the next play Wims couldn’t bring in a perfectly thrown pass from Trubisky that would’ve resulted in a touchdown. Bears couldn’t convert on fourth down and turned the ball over on downs.
Chicago would get on the board with a 36 yard field goal make by kicker Cairo Santos. Saints lead 7-3 at the half.
Saints would dominate time of possession in the second half. The Bears offense couldn’t stay on the field, coupled with the their defense being unable to stop the Saints offense. Costly penalties would also cost Chicago in key situations. Receiver Anthony Miller was ejected in the third quarter for pushing Saints CJ Gardner-Johnson.
Chicago would only score three points until the last play of the game, when Mitch Trubisky found tight end Jimmy Graham in the end zone for a one handed 19 yard touchdown reception. Saints would go on to win 21-9. Trubisky finished the game with 199 yards and a touchdown. Allen Robinson caught six passes for 55 yards. Drew Brees threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Alvin Kamara rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown, and also had two receptions for 17 yards.
New Orleans will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round of the playoffs next Sunday. This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season.
Chicago finishes their season at 8-9. There are several issues the organization must address this off-season, including the future of their head coach and whether or not they plan to extend Trubsiky.
Saints Dominate 2nd Half.