The Chicago Bears won 27-21 to leave the New York Giants winless through the first six games of a National Football League season for the first time in 37 years.
Brandon Marshall caught two touchdown passes last night as the Bears ended a four-game losing skid against New York at Soldier Field in Chicago to improve to 4-2. The Giants, who won the Super Bowl two years ago, haven’t had a worse start since they lost the first nine games of the 1976 season.
“Good win, we got a little banged up so we’ve got some time to get healthy for next week,” Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler told the NFL Network in a televised interview. “We’re playing well, we just got to keep getting better.”
The opening drive ended after 53 seconds with Eli Manning’s league-worst 13th interception of the season. The Giants escaped unscathed as the Bears failed on a fourth-and-two play at New York’s 4-yard line.
Five plays later, Tim Jennings picked off another Manning pass and returned the ball 48 yards for a touchdown.
On the Giants’ next possession, Manning tossed two 16-yard passes and another of 17 yards as New York advanced to Chicago’s 4-yard line. Brandon Jacobs then bulldozed his way in for the tying score, taking his contribution on the drive to 28 yards on five carries.
The Giants, who entered the game with a league-low average of 56.8 yards rushing per game, ran for 56 yards on their opening three drives.
Cutler then marched the Bears 86 yards on eight plays, culminating with a 10-yard pass to Marshall for a touchdown.
New York countered again as Manning threw a deep pass to Rueben Randle, who shook off two defenders to complete a 37-yard scoring play.
The touchdown sequence continued on the next possession as Cutler found Marshall from three yards for his second touchdown catch of the game to make it 21-14 to Chicago. Robbie Gould then kicked a 40-yard field goal to give Chicago a 24-14 lead at halftime.
After Gould kicked a 52-yard field goal early in the third period, Jacobs, who ended the game with 106 yards on 22 carries, barreled into the end zone for a second time for a one-yard score at the end of the quarter to make it 27-21 for Chicago.
New York’s chances evaporated when Jennings got his second interception on Manning’s third pick of the game with less than two minutes remaining.