Steelers survive Chicago rally and top Bears 29-27 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers blew a fourteen point fourth quarter lead to the Chicago Bears Monday night at Heinz field. The Steelers were able to overcome the late rally by Chicago, as kicker Chris Boswell nailed a forty yard field goal to give Pittsburgh the lead with twenty-six seconds remaining in the game. Bears kicker Cairo Santos, who had converted forty consecutive field goals, missed the game winner from sixty-five yards to seal the victory for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh got on the board early scoring on their opening drive after a three and out by Chicago. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found second year star receiver Chase Claypool downfield for a twenty-six yard reception. Rookie running back Najee Harris went on to score on a ten yard run to put the Steelers up 7-0 after the extra point by Boswell.
The rhythmless Chicago offense orchestrated by head coach Matt Nagy, and led by rookie quarterback Justin Fields was virtually inept through three quarters. The Bears continue to struggle putting together solid drives in addition to protecting Fields. The young quarterback was constantly under pressure and was sacked multiple times. Chicago’s only points in the first half came from a Santos field goal with fifteen seconds left in the second quarter.
Steelers Led 14-3 at Half
Santos made another field goal in the third to cut the deficit to 14-6. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter, when the Chicago offense showed up. Darnell Mooney found the end zone on a fifteen yard run. Fields also connected with Mooney late in the fourth for a sixteen yard touchdown to give the Bears their first lead of the night. However, Pittsburgh responded with a seven play drive and the game winning field goal.
Fields finished 17 of 29 and 291 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Roethlisberger finished 21 of 30 for 205 yards and two touchdowns, both to tight end Pat Freiermuth.
CHICAGO (3-6) has a bye next week.
Pittsburgh (5-3) host the winless Detroit Lions (0-8) next Sunday.
Steelers survive Chicago rally and top Bears 29-27