The Buffalo Bills kicked a field goal in overtime, giving them their first win of the season, 23-20 in front of a packed house at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
As has been the case with the Bears the past few seasons, it was turnovers that cost them the game. Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler — who went 34-for-49 with 349 yards, according to the Chicago Tribune — threw two interceptions, both of which were followed quickly by the Bills putting points on the board.
The Bears opened up the game with a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Martellus Bennett. From there, the game was back-and-forth, with the Bears heading into the final seconds down by three. Robbie Gould tied the game on a 47-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Bills running back Fred Jackson set the tone for the fame’s finale, dominating a Bears defense that was expected to be one of the best in the league. The final nail in the Bears’ coffin came with a 38-yard run to the one-yard line, according to CBS Chicago. From there, it was an easy chip-in for Bills’ place kicker Dan Carpenter to score the game-winning field goal.
It was a disappointing start for Mark Trestman’s Bears, who have high hopes for this season. Just a few days ago, Trestman told CBS Chicago that expectations for his Bears were high.
“We’ve got a talented room. We’ve got a group of guys that are together. They’ve worked very, very hard. Their expectations should be very high as we move into the season but at the same time we’ve got a lot of work to do on a daily basis.”
For the Bills, the win, which defied all expectations, couldn’t have come at a better time. The team is entering a new chapter this season, following the death of owner and Hall of Fame member Ralph Wilson, who died in March of this year at the age of 95, according to this Inquisitr report. The Bills haven’t made the post-season in 14 years, and they’ve started this season with a win against a team that is considered to have playoff potential.
Next week, the Chicago Bears will take on the New York Jets in East Rutherford on Monday night, while the Buffalo Bills will host San Diego at home for an early Sunday game.
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