Chicago Bears over­power San Diego Charg­ers

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CHICAGO: Trail­ing by nine points af­ter three quar­ters, the Chicago Bears ral­lied to beat San Diego 22-19 on Mon­day, hand­ing the Charg­ers (2-7) a fifth con­sec­u­tive loss.

Chicago (3-5) quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler hit tight end Zach Miller for a 25-yard touch­down with 3:19 left, and run­ning back Jeremy Lang­ford rushed over for the two­point con­ver­sion to open up the three-point cush­ion, the Bears’ first lead of the night. The Charg­ers’ skid is their long­est since they dropped six in a row in 2011.

Cul­ter com­pleted 27 of 40 passes for 345 yards and two touch­downs. He also lost a fum­ble and was in­ter­cepted once. Bears re­ceiver Al­shon Jef­fery caught 10 passes for 151 yards. Charg­ers quar­ter­back Philip Rivers was 26-for-42 passes for 280 yards with one touch­down and no in­ter­cep­tions. It was the first time he did not throw for at least 300 yards in six games. San Diego run­ning back Danny Wood­head pro­duced 111 to­tal yards and a touch­down.

Kicker Josh Lambo’s sec­ond field goal, this one from 22 yards, in­creased the Charg­ers’ lead to 19-14 with eight min­utes to play. Be­fore Lambo’s kick, San Diego had a touch­down pass from Rivers to tight end An­to­nio Gates wiped away when right guard D.J. Fluker was flagged for be­ing down­field. The Bears pulled within 16-14 with 14 min­utes re­main­ing on Lang­ford’s one­yard touch­down run. It capped a 93-yard, 15-play drive in which Chicago con­verted four third downs, the fi­nal one on rookie Lang­ford’s score. Lambo’s 31-yard field goal in the half’s wan­ing sec­onds pushed the Charg­ers’ ad­van­tage to 16-7. The Bears sliced their deficit to 13-7 when Cut­ler clicked with tight end Martel­lus Ben­nett on a 1-yard pass mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter.

Ear­lier in the quar­ter, Chicago cor­ner­back Tracy Porter stripped wide re­ceiver Don­trelle In­man of the ball, and it was re­cov­ered by line­backer Chris­tian Jones, with the Bears tak­ing over at the San Diego 41-yard line.

Two plays later, though, cor­ner­back Ja­son Ver­rett went 68 yards for a pick-six and a 13-0 Charg­ers ad­van­tage. Lambo missed the point af­ter. It was Ver­rett’s first touch­down and sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion of his ca­reer off Cut­ler’s sec­ond turnover of the first half.

The Bears ap­peared poised to score late in the first quar­ter, when they ad­vanced to the Charg­ers’ 10-yard line. How­ever, Chicago re­treated 5 yards on an off­side penalty, then line­backer Melvin In­gram sacked Cut­ler and forced a fum­ble, which was re­cov­ered by safety Eric Wed­dle. The Charg­ers weren’t able to con­vert the turnover into points.

The Charg­ers struck first af­ter Gould was wide left on a 47-yard field goal at­tempt to end the game’s first pos­ses­sion. Gould also missed from 34 yards in the third quar­ter. Rivers found Wood­head for a 14-yard scor­ing pass and a 7-0 lead. Wood­head ran a wheel route from the left side of the for­ma­tion and was wide open for the score as the Bears bun­gled their zone cov­er­age.

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Charg­ers tight end An­to­nio Gates (85) runs as Chicago Bears cor­ner­back Kyle Fuller (23) and out­side line­backer Jonathan An­der­son (58) de­fend dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game Mon­day, in San Diego.

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