Why did Bears try long field goal?
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 23:36:20 GMT


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Why did the Bears attempt a 54-yard field goal Sunday instead of keeping the offense on the field and trying to pick up a first down?

David F.
Terre Haute, Indiana

I think the two factors that led to that decision were that the offense was struggling and that the Bears felt it was a makeable kick for Cairo Santos. The situation you're referring to occurred on fourth-and-four at the Eagles' 36 late in the first quarter with Philadelphia leading 7-0. At that point, the Bears had yet to pick up a first down, and they finished the game converting just 3-of-13 third-down opportunities and were 0-of-2 on fourth down. Here's what John
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