Rapid Reaction: Eddie Pineiro Boots Bears by Broncos

Eddie Pineiro has won over Bears Nation after converting on a walk-off field goal to beat the Denver Broncos in stunning fashion.

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With about half a minute remaining on the clock and one timeout in their pocket, it seemed the Chicago Bears were in good shape. It came down to a fourth-down scramble by Mitch Trubisky, who then found an open Allen Robinson and converted with one second remaining. Broncos fans had reason to believe the game was over before Chicago’s third timeout was called, but Bears players and fans will suggest otherwise.

Regardless, they gave themselves a chance, but they still needed to actually make that last-second field goal. I’m as tired as everyone else when it comes to bringing up the whole “double-doink” situation last season from Cody Parkey, but it makes these moments that much sweeter. Eddie Pineiro trotted out onto the field, looking calm, cool and collected. Bears fans held their breath again, as they did before his first field goal of the season against the Packers, and finally exhaled after the same result. While it wasn’t right down Main Street, Pineiro gave it plenty of leg and the celebration was on.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Chicago Bears officially have a proven kicker. Sure, a lot of people will say you can’t make that claim after two games, but it’s a fact so far as he’s been dead on. Piniero converted on two other field goal attempts earlier in the game from 40 and 52 yards, respectively. In fact, his leg had provided the only offense of the season until a late touchdown in the third quarter. More on that in a minute.

The last Bears’ drive definitely wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done in the end. Trubisky hit Trey Burton for a short five-yard gain and got some added help from a questionable penalty. Bradley Chubb was flagged for roughing Trubisky, moving the ball another 15 yards down the field. While Broncos fans can certainly protest their case for Chubb making a standard tackle, the Bears had their own iffy Roughing the Passer called earlier in the game. Eddie Goldman picked up the foul after launching himself at Joe Flacco and managed to make contact with him before the ball was released. Evidently, the officials didn’t see the same thing, but I digress. It evened out later on, so at least they called it “similarly”.

After gaining those yards, Trubisky threw three consecutive incompletions, putting that much more pressure on that inevitable make-or-break play. It got worse. The Bears were flagged for Too Many Men in the formation, moving them back another five yards. Needing 15 yards to even keep the game going, Trubisky scrambled, found a pocket near the line of scrimmage, and threw a dart to Robinson. The rest is history.

As mentioned above, the Bears hadn’t managed to find the endzone for over six quarters of play this season. They managed to score just three against the Packers in Week One and went into the half up 6-3 at Denver. Not that exciting of a game, unless you prefer smothering defense and an inconsistent offense. They finally cracked through with less than two minutes left in the third quarter, as David Montgomery leaped over a pile and just barely stretched the ball out over the goal line.

Final stats:

Trubisky – 16-27 for 120 yards, no scores, no interceptions, zero sacks

Montgomery – 18 rushes for 62 yards and one score, one reception for six yards

Cordarrelle Patterson – two carries for 50 yards

Robinson – four receptions for 41 yards

Roquan Smith, Danny Trevathan, and Eddie Jackson finish with 10+ tackles, Jackson two passes defensed

Nick Williams, Khalil Mack – one sack each

Kyle Fuller – one interception

Up next – Chicago travels to face the Washington Redskins (0-2) for Monday Night Football in the Nation’s Capitol on Sept. 23. Kickoff set for 7:15 p.m. ET.

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