The Bears have struggled all season to win at home. After Sunday’s 26-20 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field the Bears are now 1-5 in front of their home crowd.
The game was tied at 13 heading into the fourth quarter. The Bears broke the tie with a four-yard Ka’Deem Carey touchdown with three and a half minutes left in regulation.
All the defense had to do was get a stop on the 49ers next possession, but then the unthinkable happened. Niners quarterback Blaine Gabbert on third and three broke free ran 44 yards through the heart of the Bears defense to tie the game at 20 with under two minutes left. Rookie safety Adrian Amos had the best chance of tackling Gabbert, but he says he thought the quarterback was going to slide down.
“Yea man, but you can’t use that as an excuse,” says Amos. “You’ve got to make a play. We stopped him all game. We just didn’t finish it.”
With 1:42 left on the clock Jay Cutler was able to lead the offense down to the 18-yard line setting up a 36-yard field goal for the Bears all-time leader in made field goals Robbie Gould. But Mr. Reliable missed the short field goal as time expired forcing overtime. One of two missed kicks from Gould on the day.
“I just got quick on the last two in the second half and I let my teammates down,” says Gould. “I didn’t get the job done today. Obviously the guys did a great job of getting it down the field whether it was the 40-yarder early on in the second half or the 35-yarder at the end of the game. I just missed both of them. There’s really no excuses for it. Obviously I just didn’t get it done today.”
Then San Francisco put the nail in the coffin in overtime. Gabbert connected with Torrey Smith on a 71-yard walk-off touchdown to win the game.The Bears again failed to reach .500 on the season. They are now 5-7.