Third-string quarterback Matt Barkley throws two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but two late drops cost the Bears a win against the Titans at home.
Not much was expected from Matt Barkley when he took the field against Tennessee on Sunday. Being the third-string quarterback and with a depleted offense at his disposal expectations weren’t at there highest for Barkley. But he turned a few heads at Soldier Field.
The USC product threw for 316 yards passing and three touchdowns to go with two interceptions. Barkley had a nice start connecting with tight end Daniel Brown to give the Bears a 7-0 in the first quarter. That touchdown pass was the first of Barkley’s NFL career.
Then the Titans offense came alive. Tennessee scored 27-unanswered points, and in the middle of all that were both of Barkley’s turnovers. But in the fourth quarter Barkley flipped the script.
The signal caller connected with Marquess Wilson and Deonte Thompson in the final quarter to make it a six-point game with three minutes to play. After a 3-and-out on the Titans following possession, Barkley and the offense had just under two minutes to go 65 yards to win the game.
Barkley quickly moved the offense down the field, and the Bears were set up with a 1st and Goal on the 7-yard line. But two big drops by Josh Bellamy on 1st and Goal and Deonte Thompson the Bears final play in the end zone ended what should have been a signature moment in Barkley’s young career.
Bears receivers dropped 8 balls total on the day, seven of them in the fourth quarter, and three of those in the end zone.
On the injury front: Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan suffered what Bears brass is calling a “serious” knee injury on Sunday.