Game Recap: Bears rally to beat the Dolphins in the preseason opener
It didn’t happen immediately, but the Bears’ much-anticipated opening of the pre-season against the Dolphins on Saturday at Soldier Field finally came to life in a frenzy.
Five minutes into three consecutive starts, the Bears’ goal made a field goal and a double touchdown in its next three drives, turned a 13-0 deficit into a 17-13 lead on the way to a 20-13 win.
Justin Fields Rookie quarterback developed three drives. The first start pick set up Cairo Santos ’53-yard field goal as time expired in the first half and accounted for a touchdown of the first two Bears in the second half in an 8-yard run and a 30-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James.
The stadiums played six series in the second and third quarters, completing 14 of 20 of the 142 yards in a single touch and a 106.7 passers-by and 33 yards chases with one TD in five attempts.
The Bears’ attacking lineup did an excellent job throughout the game, making the case find its place after the start of laziness.
Bear protection allowed only one touch and revealed two take-off options.
The Dolphins took a 3-0 lead over Jason Sanders’ 21-yard goal with 8:08 left in the first quarter. The highlight of Miami’s 7-yard, 60-yard drive was Tua Tagovailoa’s 50-yard pass to end Mike Gesicki, who beat defender Alec Ogletree. Three games later, Ogletree redeemed himself by throwing back Malcolm Brown by two wickets in the third and 1st yards.
With their next discovery, the Dolphins reached 14 Bears. But DeAndre Houston-Carson’s safety disrupted the drive by walking ahead of Adam Shaheen’s tight line and catching Tagovailia’s cross in the middle of the back yard at the bottom of the backyard.
Fields entered the game with a time of 12:11 in the second quarter. The selection made in the first round completed only two passes in 10 yards on his first drive, but the Bears went three and three times because Javon Wims and Elijah Wilkinson drew the first false penalties.
Starting quarterback Andy Dalton came out on top after playing two series and finishing 2 of 4 for 18 yards.
The Dolphins extended their lead to 6-0 with Sanders’ goal of the 35-yard field with a time of 4:23 in the second quarter. Miami offered to kick off after Duke Shelley returned the nickel that broke the passport made to recipient Robert Foster in third and fourth place out of 17.
After the Bears’ third-straight and third-out start of the game, Miami hit the first thing in Jacoby Brissett who passed 23 yards back to save Salvon Ahmed down the right wing, beating defender Caleb Johnson by 45 left in the second half.
Stadiums were followed to complete 5 of 6 of the 42 yards, setting Santos’ 53-yard goal as time ran out in the first half, drawing the Bears within 13-3.
The Dolphins hold the edge of decision-making in the first round in the first downs (10-2), total yards (215-79) and time to catch (21: 08-8: 52).
Fields showed off his impressive performance in the Bears ’first-half strike in the second half, defending the tackler in the pocket and running left for an 8-yard touchdown, cutting the loss to 13-10 and 9:45 remaining in the third quarter.
The stadiums continued to light up at the Bears’ next location. He showed his brilliant speed in the 21-yard dash and then slotted a 30-yard touchdown pass into the open-air James, who caught the ball at 5 and bounced back into the final, giving the Bears a 17-13 lead with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter.
The pitch was removed from the game in favor of Nick Foles early in the fourth quarter.
The Bears’ defense created their second trip as Marqui Christian’s safety against Chris Myarick sparked the confusion experienced by Dionte Ruffin in the Bears ’25.
Backup keeper Brian Johnson later opened 44 field pitches, increasing the Bears’ lead to 20-13 and at 4:18 he stayed in the game.
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